DEKALB, Ill. — The IDEAg Northern Illinois Farm Show is canceled for 2020. This show typically has been held during the first week of January for the past 37 years.
It has been located at the Convocation Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University since 2003. Prior to 2003, the annual event featuring a wide variety of agricultural businesses was in Rockford.
“Many factors went into our decision,” said Niki Jones, marketing manager for IDEAg, about canceling the show for the upcoming year.
“We want to provide farmers the best experience possible, and we believe that given the current agriculture industry environment, now is a good time to revamp our show with the goal of ramping up the education and information farmers need to be successful,” Jones said.
IDEAg, which organizes several farm shows, including events in Minnesota, South Dakota and Texas, has plans for a new show.
“We look forward to planning a new and improved farm show for future years and bringing area farmers the experiences, products and services they need in one place,” Jones said. “We want to provide a valuable experience for them and therefore need time to re-evaluate how we best accomplish that goal.”
In addition to meeting with fertilizer, grain handling, pest control, insurance, precision ag product and many other companies during the farm show, farmers also had the opportunity to gather information for their operations during the educational presentations.
“We believe farm shows are of great importance to the farming community, and we hope farmers share that view,” Jones said. “Many shows still exist that meet those needs, and we hope farmers seek them out.”
AgriNews will publish the program guides for the Greater Peoria Farm Show Dec. 3-5 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, the Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show Jan. 19-21 at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island and the Midwest AG Expo Jan. 29-30 at Gordyville USA in Gifford.