From FCC Express, by Owen Roberts
The anticipated 40,000 participants arriving for Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show this (past) week in Woodstock, Ont., couldn’t help but notice how the event increasingly reflects Canadian agriculture’s global scope.
Besides showcasing products, farm shows are designed to make sales too, both domestically and globally. With that in mind, new to this year’s show was a welcome area designated specifically for international visitors. Staff set up a lounge for private meeting space between vendors and international attendees, to support business transactions.
This effort, co-sponsored by Tourism Oxford, was also designed to promote agri-tourism in Oxford County, one of Ontario’s most agriculturally productive regions.
More evidence of agriculture’s global outreach could be seen at the new Danish pavilion. With support from the Royal Danish Consulate General and the Danish Trade Council, seven Danish companies came together to centrally showcase the country’s strength in farming technology, particularly related to pork production.
“The pavilion is a great place for Canadian farmers to see what innovative ideas and technologies are available to them beyond our borders,” says Stefanie Nagelschmitz, farm show team lead.
High-speed corn planting (six to 10.5 miles per hour) was also a first at this year’s show, with demonstrations from Sweden’s Vaderstad as well as John Deere.
Grober Nutrition highlighted early research trials on European group housing feeding technology from Forster Technik CalfRail. This took place for the first time in Canada on a farm near Kerwood, Ontario.
Machinery manufacturer Kubota Canada Ltd. expanded its location, now occupying 30,000 square feet of exhibition space.
From south of the border, AGCO partnered with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and others for a cornstalk harvesting demonstration. Interest is growing in developing a supply chain for cornstalk harvesting in Ontario and in Quebec, to support investments in the biochemical and biofuel sectors.
AGCO has produced more than one million large square bales for ethanol facilities in Iowa and Kansas in the past three years.
“We have 750 exhibitors here showcasing, selling and demonstrating their products or services to help Canadians continue to lead the pack as some of the globe’s most progressive farmers,” says farm show president Doug Wagner.