Rich in history and tradition, the 56th annual Farm Progress Show, to be held September 1, 2 and 3 in Decatur, Ill., offers plenty for visitors to see and do which includes an expanded exhibit area, field and livestock demonstrations, and a whole lineup of events.

This year's show is set to host more than 500 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; and many other production items. Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are set to participate. The show always features the latest agricultural high-tech equipment including computer-controlled guidance systems, GPS-based management systems, and a long list of state-of-the-art information and technology available for today's farms.

Field demonstrations are a show mainstay and include side-by-side equipment, tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting and tillage demonstrations.

Investor Insight

Each year, the eyes of agricultural world turn to the Farm Progress Show to discover the latest products available to farmers and ranchers. It's also the week many Wall Street analysts' attention focuses on their ag investments. Many travel to the Farm Progress Show because it offers investors and their representatives a unique insight into the health and well-being of the nation's largest agricultural suppliers.

Ann Duignam, a JP Morgan analyst, arranges time to visit with company management ranging from machinery manufacturers like Deere, Case, New Holland and AGCO to publicly traded companies like Monsanto, ADM or Trimble. "We want to talk to company representatives about what they are seeing in the marketplace, what new products they are introducing and what farmers are telling them," Duignam said. "We don't always know what we are looking for but that's the beauty of it. We usually walk away saying we learned something we didn't think we'd learn."

Barry Nelson, John Deere media relations manager, observes that seeing analysts and investors at the Farm Progress Show is a phenomenal opportunity for agriculture companies. "Not only does the Farm Progress Show attract great customers, prospects and media, but it is one of the few agricultural venues attended by Security Analysts from Wall Street," said Nelson. "This gives us at John Deere a great opportunity to showcase our new products, services, and new technology to influencers in the investment world. We also have our product experts available to explain in greater detail some of the features and benefits of these new products, and how these machines provide value to our customers."


The show's Seminar Center offers a full schedule of daily programs to inform producers of the latest technology changes, marketing alternatives, management options, and ag industry updates. Arlan Suderman, Farm Futures market analyst, and Bryce Knorr, Farm Futures senior editor, speak twice daily on the market outlook for 2009 and insights into the costs of inputs.

Daily Opening Ceremony-Up, Up and Away!

The Touchstone Energy co-ops will sponsor the Farm Progress Show's opening festivities each morning with a fly-over of the Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloon. The opening ceremonies will occur at the Main Entrance's Avenue of Flags.

Rural Life Tent and Craft Exhibits

Ample seating is ready under the Rural Life tent. Rural Life's daylong programming features clothing trends, Ag Jeopardy, creating memory quilts and Prairie Farmer contributing editor Kendra Smiley's prospective on developing a positive attitude. Also located in the Rural Life Tent, a wide array of artisans and crafters will display their handiwork at the show. You can choose from a selection of hand crafted items.

Celebrating the Past

A number of displays and attractions will celebrate agriculture's heritage. The most notable is the massive antique equipment display along "Antique Row." A number of tractor restoration clubs are participating, and several specimens of rare farm iron will be exhibited.

General Information

The 2009 Farm Progress Show is located in northeast Decatur, south of I-72 and west of Richland Community College. The show runs September 1 through 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and until 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 17. Adult discounts are available onsite. Advance tickets are available online. The public is welcome. For additional information, visit

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