Today was a big day for farmers and those involved in agriculture across the region.
Hundreds gathered at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center for the annual Northern Illinois Farm Show — a two day event that allows exhibitors to display the latest in technological advances in agriculture, planting and farming.
Area businesses think the event is highly beneficial to their ability to get their products recognized.
“Anytime you can get your company in front of the public’s eye and let them know everything that you do, and how we can help them. I think that’s huge,” says Brad Hieronimus, a sales representative at Heavy Equipment Services in Freeport.
While the event allows numerous exhibitors and businesses within the agriculture field to display what they do, many of them believe the event is also helpful for local farmers and those interested in the field.
“Just to come and see what else available in the ag industry that they may not be doing already. Find more ways to be more profitable in their operations and just gain just different ideas from what they’re currently doing,” says Brent Schmitz, the owner of Soil Service Incorporated.
The event has been going on for nearly 30 years, and this couple has participated in each one. They did not want to interview, but they tell me that they love the event and sharing their ideas with local farmers.
With many booths set up, you can find anything from private pesticide applicator testing to a cool liquid, which can help soil. And, if you looked hard enough, you could have even have found our own Chief Meteorologist Candice King educating local farmers on the Rochelle and Fairdale tornado of 2015. The goal of that speach was to better prepare area farmers for a potential severe weather threat in the future.