California Farm Equipment Show gets new name

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TULARE, Calif. – The California Farm Equipment Show and International Exposition has burst its former bounds and renamed itself the World Ag Expo.

The world’s largest agriculture show located in the world’s most productive agricultural region, will be Feb. 13-15, in two million feet of exhibit space in Tulare, Calif.

Besides, noted Gary Schulz, general manager of the International Agri-Center which sponsors of the show, World Ag Expo is shorter and easier to say.

“As the show grew and the products diversified, it became evident that we needed to move away from the reference to farm equipment,” Schulz added. “We offer so much more now.”

Nearly 1,500 exhibitors are expected to display products, technology, and supplies for the farm, dairy, ranch, and construction industries.

New this year is Heritage Complex, which houses the International Trade Center, a museum and a learning center year-round., as well as the International Business Center during World Ag Expo

Also new this year will be the E-Commerce Pavilion, with exhibits and daily presentations.

Unlike many traditional farm shows, Ag Expo attracts people from come from across the U.S. and from 54 nations around the world. Products and technology for a wide range of commodities will be displayed, from dairy to cotton, citrus, vegetables and from cattle to nuts, honey, and timber.

The show also offers a variety of free seminars each year. Seminars in exporting are offered daily. Large-herd dairying seminars are also presented daily by Dairy Business Communications. California Women for Agriculture presents seminars on topics ranging from rural crime and water rights to ag uses of the Internet.

Hours for the 2001 show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15. Admission is $6.

Tickets can also be purchased in advance through the International Agri-Center, P. 0. Box 1475, Tulare, CA 93275.

The showgrounds are located midway between Fresno and Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley, just off Highway 99. For information, call the International Agri-Center, 800-999-9186 or 559-688-1751 or visit the Web site, www.farmshow.org.

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