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Celebrating Agriculture in Spokane

Spokane hosts a special week just for agriculture.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, Spokane Ag Expo will celebrate its 37th year as the largest agricultural equipment show in the Inland Northwest, and the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum opens its 60th year of ag-related speakers and seminars in the Spokane Doubletree Hotel.

Show organizers have again joined forces with Visit Spokane to designate the week of Feb. 2–8 as “Ag Week in Spokane.”

Myrna O’Leary, manager of Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, said, “We are excited to continue celebrating agriculture during Ag Week in Spokane while we highlight the importance of agriculture in our region.”

Several ag-related activities and meetings are planned during the week, beginning with a news conference with Spokane’s Mayor David Condon on Monday, Feb. 3, during move-in of exhibits for Ag Expo.

Partnering with the Odessa High School’s FBLA program for the second year, a program is being put together for regional high school students to attend on Thursday, Feb. 6, following the FFA program titled “Growing Your Future — What You Didn’t Know About a Career in Agriculture.” This session will inspire students to consider new possibilities for their future. There will be a panel of successful owners, operators, managers and educators in agriculture to discuss what ag-related jobs there are and which will be in high demand.

Spokane Ag Expo attendees will again be able to donate canned food and donations to the annual “Dump for Hunger” food drive sponsored by Western States Equipment. This will be their fifth year of this fighting hunger drive at the Convention Center during the show. All food and money collected is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and distributed throughout the Inland Northwest.

The first full week in February, 2014, will again be an activity-packed week for agriculture in Spokane and the Inland Northwest. For further details, visit the Spokane Ag Expo website at www.agshow.org.



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