Video: Roundtable on a rainy Regina farm show

Farmers and rain both poured into Regina last week for what’s ironically billed as “Canada’s largest dryland farming expo.”

Organizers of the Western Canada Farm Progress Show on Monday reported a total of 43,012 attendees walking through the gates during the June 15-17 show at Regina’s exhibition park, Evraz Place.

“The downpour on Friday didn’t keep people away,” the event staff said in a release, noting 13,053 people attended the show that day. Attendance on Wednesday was 14,277 and on Thursday, 15,682.

Show organizers noted Friday in a separate release that plans are afoot “to bring in high-profiled activities to the 2012 event to provide more value for show participants, and to raise the status of the event on the international stage.”

“The new development will make our event more competitive in both international and domestic markets,” show chairman Larry Gregga said.

Further details are to be announced this fall, organizers said, but added that the “amplified event will create a much greater global perspective by producing an ideal atmosphere and location for industry experts, scientists, ag-traders, and political figures worldwide to get together.”

The show is expected to “allow more opportunities for diverse groups to have in-depth networking, information exchange and deal making.”

Innovations

During the show, Grainews editor Lyndsey Smith again sat down with host Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture.com to discuss the mood and attitude of farmers attending the show, as well as the raft of new innovations out to gain a higher profile.

Lyndsey and Shaun note the number of new exhibitors appearing at this year’s show, as well as a quiet group of protestors appearing in the wake of the federal government’s plans to deregulate the Canadian Wheat Board.

If you’ve attended the show in the past, did you go again this year? If so, what did you make of the event? If not, what kept you away? Add your thoughts in our Comment box below. If the video won’t appear for you below, click HERE to view it on YouTube.

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