NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW

Grower Kent Burkholder (center) spent many hours at the Seed Commissions booth educating the public on the benefits of Oregon Grown Seed.  

Oregon was well represented at the 48th National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky this past week.  The February 13-16 annual event had over 300,000 attendees view a wide selection of cutting edge agricultural products and services from more than 850 exhibitors under 27 acres of indoor exhibit space at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The Oregon Seed industry represented our growers well with members of the Oregon Ryegrass Commission, Oregon Tall Fescue Commission, Oregon Orchardgrass Commission, and Oregon Clover Commission working a very welcoming exhibitor space in one location at the show.  Many questions were answered and literature provided to attendees interested in Oregon produced seed.  Wayne Kizer of KB Seed and Garth Mulkey also were exhibitors at the show promoting cover crops with radish seed and annual ryegrass.  Several Willamette Valley growers and crop advisers made the trip to the Show this year to talk to product representatives and glean new ideas for their local farm operations.  The Farm show also plays host to the super-charged competition of the nations oldest indoor tractor pull, the Championship Tractor Pull which many of the Oregon visitors were able to see.

Wayne Kizer, Garth Mulkey, and Jesse Farver of KB Seed Solutions sharing the benefits of cover crops to Midwestern and southern farmers.  
Modified Tractors in the Championship Tractor Pull were the loudest, even knocking tiles and confetti out of the Freedom Hall Arena.