Welcome to the Northwest Agricultural Show.

Here you’ll find hundreds of exhibitors that offer labor- and money-saving ways to help you with your farm, ranch or nursery.

Show managers Amy and Mike Patrick are selective about the vendors they choose to ensure they meet the “straight ag” model envisioned by Amy’s father, Jim Heater, when he co-founded the show nearly 50 years ago.

This year’s show is Jan. 24-26 at the Portland Expo Center.

Whether you’re considering a new greenhouse, tractor or irrigation system or are interested in installing a solar power system, the Northwest Ag Show offers everything for every farmer under one roof. More than $40 million in equipment will be on display.

An array of seminars and meetings is another exciting feature of this year’s show.

Seminars providing pesticide information and a fuller understanding of the new worker protection standards are among the three days of offerings at the show.

Ag education is also alive and well at the show.

Find out more about today’s FFA from state officers at their booth and other FFA activities. Among the topics of discussion will be the impact of a recent Oregon ballot measure that will help fund vocational high school programs such as FFA.

The Northwest Ag Show also supports Ag in the Classroom, a private nonprofit organization that tells ag’s story through the classroom. AITC provides teachers with an ag-related curriculum and textbooks to use in the classroom and provides volunteer visitors who tell the story of agriculture.

A key part of AITC’s mission is to connect those in the industry with students who may not know the source of the food they buy.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, is Family Day, when an entire family can get into the show for $20.

Parking is free all three days.

Antique Powerland, a massive collection of museums in Brooks, Ore., also brings old-time tractors, trucks and military and other vehicles. They provide a fascinating walk through the last 100 years of innovation.

The show’s valuable educational slant, its exclusive selection of vendors and niceties such as the Tasting Room, the spacious Portland Expo Center and free parking make the Northwest Agricultural Show second to none in attractiveness and value to visitors.

Whether you can relate to 100-year-old tractors or are into state-of-the-art agriculture, you’re sure to come away from the Northwest Ag Show educated and inspired by everything you see on display.

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