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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Farmfest 2013: annual ag expo opens Tuesday

  • Farmfest, the midwest's largest ag show, makes its 19th appearance at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls running Tuesday through Thursday.
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  • In 1994, the Gilfillan Estate hosted its first Farmfest show, and since then the annual event has grown significantly.
    Buildings have been erected, and the number of vendors and attendees has increased.
    So, when the gates officially open Tuesday morning one can only expect a bigger and better show than has ever been held.
    According to the agenda, it looks as if that is going to be the case, as a good mix of activities have been planned for the three-day ag exposition.
    Tuesday morning begins with a discussion of the farm bill, which is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. Several ag representatives, as well as Congressional leaders are part of the forum panel.
    Tuesday afternoon includes a forum featuring Sen. Al Franken. The topic of the 1:15 p.m. forum is “The Future Direction of Renewable Energy Policy.”
    Later in the day Tuesday, at 3 p.m. a presentation on “enhancing ag production and water quality with managed drainage systems” is being offered.
    The Wednesday schedule also includes a forum entitled “Viewing the Agriculture Industry from a Media Perspective,” and it features a variety of state media representatives who are going to talk about how mainstream media views the ag industry.
    Wednesday also includes a 1:15 forum entitled “How We Raise Our Livestock…Who Should Decide?”
    Gov. Mark Dayton is going to kick off Thurs-day’s events with a presentation at 10:15 a.m. followed by a forum on “Future Opportuni-ties in the Minnesota Agriculture Industry.”
    The Minnesota Farm Family of the Year presentation is being held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
    Other events taking place during the three-day event include:
    • A free pancake breakfast Wednesday at 8 a.m.
    • A Free watermelon feed Thursday at 1 p.m.
    • A kids pedal pull each day at 1 p.m.
    • The Minnesota Pork Ambassador program Wednesday at 1 p.m.
    Admission to the farm show is $12 with those 18 and under free. The show opens each day at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Tues-day and Wednes-day. Farmfest 2013 officially comes to an end at 4 p.m,. Thursday.
    For more information about the events taking place this week during Farmfest at the Gilfillan Estate, visit its Web site at www.ideag-group.com /farmfest.
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