Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eastern Idaho Ag Expo in full swing in Pocatello

Ag Expo: The Biggest in Idaho

POCATELLO — Farm equipment vendors pitched machinery at the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo in Pocatello while farmers walked down packed rows of equipment in wonder at the ISU Mini Dome.

Every square foot of the arena was packed with equpment and equipment displays were added in the Northside parking in the balmy 45-degree heatwave. The show features 101 vendors and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The Ag Expo is the largest agricultural equipment show in Idaho and annually draws more than 5,000 growers from throughout the world. Parking spaces are rare and every hotel room in Pocatello is booked until Friday.

The Eastern Idaho Ag Expo is organized by Spectra Productions and while the vendors courted farmers Kent Persons from Spectra said “Even the used stuff looks new and shiny. You absolutely want to catch that eye so you can talk to a grower.”

Persons said growers have come from as far as China, the Middle East and the former East Germany. Persons explained it’s an important show because many of the innovations in the potato industry occur in Southeast Idaho.

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