Northwest Ag Show grows bigger and better
By Geoff Parks
For the Capital Press
The Northwest Ag Show keeps getting better.
And bigger, with more than 7 acres of floor space.
This year, for the first time, the Ag Show will grow to fill the entire Portland Expo Center.
“We’ve added 60,000 square feet of display space, along with an additional 84,000 square feet of meeting space for this year’s show,” Amy Patrick, the show’s manager, said. The show will be Jan. 28-30.
She said about 225 exhibitors will take part in this year’s show, displaying the latest in technology. From cutting-edge tractor and implement technology to farm drainage, irrigation and other ag-related industries, all sectors will be represented.
The Ag Show is governed by the Northwest Horticultural Congress, which includes representatives from three partnering organizations: Oregon Association of Nurseries, Oregon Horticultural Society and the Nut Growers Society of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
A full week of agriculture-related events awaits farmers this year.
In addition to the full slate of seminars offered at the Ag Show, the annual Oregon blueberry grower meetings will be Jan. 27 at the Embassy Suites near the Portland International Airport, and the Ag Chat Foundation’s Northwest Regional Conference will be Jan. 30-31 at the Portland Crowne Plaza Hotel.
This year’s Ag Show will also feature an antique equipment show curated by the Antique Powerland Museum Association, and Patrick said the Tasting Room will be back for a second year. Eight exhibitors, each with a direct tie to the farming and/or production of their product, will occupy a meeting room at the Expo Center.
Wineries, craft brewers, artisan food purveyors and others will be present, she said, to offer a respite for visitors needing a break from touring the 7-acre show site.
Last year’s popular FFA Passport program will be featured along with the annual FFA Equipment Competition. The former relates to visitors getting entries into several drawings and a chance for a door prize.
The latter competition in the past has featured hand-built trailers, implements and other unique items that put the spotlight on the skills FFA students have been learning.
“We gave out $2,000 in five categories last year along with travel scholarships and hope to be able to do that again this year,” she said.