2020 Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days canceled

The 2020 Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days have been canceled due to “rapidly changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Within days of our commitment to hold both farm shows, more than half the United States saw a significant spike in new cases of COVID-19. We have a multigenerational audience who travels from all across the country and around the world to attend the shows and, based on that, we felt it better to reconsider the traditional show for 2020 to prioritize the safety of all. Our community’s safety is our priority, always,” said events manager Matt Jungmann.

Exhibitor Plans

Earlier this month, Bayer Crop Science announced it would not be attending large events for the remainder of 2020.

“We’ve decided to not participate in or have our people attend any gathering that is larger than 12 people for the remainder of the year internally or externally. While we always value the chance to spend time with our customers, given the potential downside risks to a farmer’s health and the potential impact of that on their operations, we think there are better ways we can engage with them and minimize that potential risk for everyone,” the company said in a statement.

Instead of exhibiting at trade shows, Kinze Manufacturing will be hosting dealers and farmers in early July to learn about and experience its new products on the company’s demonstration grounds in Williamsburg, Iowa.

“We enjoy meeting farmers who visit us from all over the world, so they can experience our friendly, dedicated and knowledgeable Kinze team and learn more about our innovative technology products and vertically integrated manufacturing,” said Kinze president Susanne Veatch. “We will continue to host farmers in Williamsburg and that will be even more important now that farm shows are canceled. We’re excited about the opportunity to connect with more farmers and dealers this summer in a safe and responsible environment.”

Farmer Sentiment

According to an Agriculture.com poll conducted in May 2020, 44% of farmers replied they “definitely will” attend a trade show in the next 3 months while 39% selected  “COVID means I won’t be attending.”

In years past farmers have traveled to Iowa and Nebraska for these shows to see the latest in machinery and technology from manufacturers around the country. In 2019, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stunned the crowd by taking a phone call from President Donald Trump on stage.

Virtual Show Plans

On July 21, Farm Progress announced the Farm Progress Virtual Experience will be held September 15 to 17, 2020.

“With this event the farmer can virtually stroll through more than 500 exhibits in their own time, and each exhibitor will have valuable new information to share,” says Don Tourte, senior vice president of Farm Progress.

More information will be available as the show date nears.

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