BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The premier outdoor trade show in
agribusiness will be held at the McLean County Fairgrounds Aug. 21-22.
The Midwest Agricultural Industries Exposition showcases
technological advances in the equipment side of the ag retail industry.
Exhibitors will meet with some of the top agribusiness
professionals in the nation and display products and services.
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21,
and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.
Among the highlights of the event is it offers visitors the
opportunity to test-drive the newest application equipment and network with
agricultural equipment and technology supplies from across the country.
The 32nd annual MAGIE is hosted by the Illinois Fertilizer
and Chemical Association.
In conjunction with MAGIE, the National Agronomic Health and
Safety School will be held Aug. 20-21 at the nearby Asmark Institute
The safety school opens at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 20 with keynote
speaker Tom Bielema, Occupational Safety and Health Administration area
Topics on Aug. 20 include Washington perspectives; countdown
to the five-year Risk Management Plan update; American Society of Agricultural
and Biological Engineers standards for agriculture; hot OSHA topics for 2013;
confined space safety; and handling violence in the workplace.
The school will be held from 7:15 to 11:15 a.m. Aug. 12 with
such topics as pollinator protection and seed treatments — fact, fiction and the
future; new Department of Transportation medical certification requirements;
sweep auger issues and options; and Case study — West Fertilizer incident and ag
industry responds: New third-party inspections.
In addition to the safety school, Hazardous Waste Operations
and Emergency Response refresher training will be held at the Asmark Institute
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22.