PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria once again will play host to the Greater Peoria Farm Show Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 with more than 340 companies featuring 1,000 product lines in more than 90,000 square feet of exhibits. The event is the largest indoor farm show in Illinois and recognized as one of the premier agricultural events in the United States.

More than 20,000 area farmers are expected to visit the three-day event. The show celebrates Illinois leadership in agriculture.

Illinois is home to more than 76,000 farms and 28 million acres of farmland, making it a top producer of corn, soybeans and other specialty crops. Beef cattle and dairy operations also are key components of Illinois’ agricultural economy.

With its central location and access to excellent transportation, the Illinois agricultural economy has established itself as the United States second-largest exporter of agricultural products, with more than $4 billion worth shipped annually.

The Peoria Civic Center provides excellent facilities, with more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space and plenty of space for educational seminars and special events.

“The Greater Peoria Farm Show is one of the biggest events of the year at the Peoria Civic Center. Along with the great show, there are a lot of exciting new things to do in downtown Peoria,” Show Manager Ron Bormaster said.

Seminars focus on the crop weather outlook and aerial drones.

Iowa State University agronomist and professor Elwynn Taylor will present the 2017 Crop Weather Outlook at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Taylor is well known for providing informative and entertaining insight into near- and long-term weather patterns and the impact on crop production.

Ag technology guru Chad Colby will provide valuable insight into the future with his presentation, UAVs in Agriculture at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Colby is known nationally for his expertise in ag technology and is a frequent guest of Max Armstrong to discuss the topic.

“He not only knows the very latest technology and updated rulemaking progress for unmanned aircraft ag applications, but Chad also communicates the story superbly,” Armstrong said.

In addition to his presentation, Colby also will have many drones on display.

Special Events And Prizes

Peoria-Bloomington Chevrolet dealers will feature new trucks and vehicles and provide complimentary coffee and rolls each morning.

Early attendees also can win $1,000 in Showbucks, courtesy of Illinois AgriNews. Showbucks can be used to purchase merchandise or services from any exhibitor.

Lunch also will be served daily in the Arena Club Room, featuring meats provided by Peoria favorite Alwan’s Meats. Lunch cost is only $5 after a $2-off coupon provided to all attendees who visit the Stor-Loc exhibit.

“This is going to be a great show. Along with more than 340 exhibitors and events, there will be daily and daily seminars scheduled with expert presenters. With all of the support from the community, exhibitors, farmers and sponsors, the 35th Annual Greater Peoria Farm Show is sure to be the best show yet,” Bormaster said.

The Greater Peoria Farm Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information and interactive floor plan of the show, go to www.GreaterPeoriaFarmShow.com or contact Bormaster at 800-873-1411.

The Greater Peoria Farm Show is produced by FarmShows USA, a division of Midwest Shows Inc. and producer of seven annual agricultural tradeshows hosted in Peoria; Tulsa, Okla.; Vermillion, S.D.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Oklahoma City. Visit www.FarmShowsUSA.com.

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