With more than 1,700 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees from 67 countries all on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds, World Ag Expo is “Where the World of Agriculture Means Business.” The show is the largest ag expo of its kind worldwide and will be held February 12-14 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.

The 2008 Expo will introduce attendee electronic registration. A leading electronic registration company will register show attendees before they enter the grounds. Attendees will provide general demographic and production information and receive a printed badge for Expo entrance. The registration system will act as admission to the West Coast Nationals Power Pulling Series in the evening.

The 2008 Expo will open at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than previous years. With acres of new innovations and technology, visitors will need the extra hour to see everything exhibitors have to offer. From the showcased products in the New Product Center to informative seminars, Ride and Drive demonstration areas, off-site farm tours, special Expo events and new product roll-outs, World Ag Expo is a three-day event packed with the tools and information farmers need to improve their operations.

Show hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Visitors to the World Ag Expo will have a chance to win a new 2008 Dodge Ram pick-up truck! Visitors will be automatically registered for the giveaway when they preregister or register onsite for Expo admission. The winner will be announced at the Dodge booth at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, the last day of the Expo. No purchase is necessary to enter the give-away.

General Admission is $10; discounted pass for those who pre-register online.

For more information visit www.worldagexpo.com or call 800-999-9186.

Schedule of Events

Monday, Feb 11
9 a.m.
Media Day Breakfast – Media Center

Tuesday, Feb. 12
8:30 a.m.
World Ag Expo Opening Ceremonie—Heritage Complex
Banquet Hall
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Farm Tours

Wednesday, Feb. 13
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Farm Tours

World Ag Expo General Seminars – Seminar Center
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
“Ag Workers Comp & Loss Control”
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“Agricultural Labor Force Where are they today? Where will they be tomorrow?”
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“Realistic Approach – Sharing Your Legacy”
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
“Fueling California Agriculture Part II: The Future for Ethanol and Bio-diesel, and new cropping alternatives for bio-energy”

Thursday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Farm Tours

Irrigation Seminars – Expo Seminar Center
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
“Basic Irrigation Pump Efficiency” – Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Irrigation Seminars – Expo Seminar Center
“Drip Irrigation Works – and Pays: Grower Testimonials” – Jean Caron, Laval University
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Advances in Using Center Pivots for Resource Management” – Jake LaRue, Valmont Industries
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Micro Sprinklers and Micro Jets: The Pros and Cons of Each” – David Dunn, Rain for Rent
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
“Does Increased Irrigation Uniformity Translate Into Increased Profitability?” – Mark Hewitt, Rain Bird
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
“Simplified Irrigation System Automation” – Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
“Drip Tape System Performance”- Paul McFadden, Roberts Irrigation
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“Five Drip Irrigation Do’s and Don’ts” – Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation
2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
“Using the World Wide Web to Conserve Water” – Troy Elliott, Cascade Earth Sciences

World Ag Expo

Visit these folks at the Expo!

A & B Packing Equip., Inc. Pavilion C 3322 – 3324,
Acadian Agritech Pavilion C 3721, Dairy Center 6423
AGCO Corp. Q & R Streets @ North Street
AgCode, Inc. Pavilion C 3828
Antonio Carraro America, Inc. F Street 24, G Street 23
BBC Technologies Pavilion A 1427 – 1429
Beaver Plastics-Logix ICF South Street SS5
Branson Tractor Co. C Street 22, D Street 21
Bush Hog P Street 32
CEMCO, Inc. K Street 38
Clean Cutter Flail & Tiller Blade Co. Pavilion A 1131 – 1132
Cravo Equip., Ltd. North Street NS8
CSI-Nutri-Cal Pavilion C 3419
Ellis Equip. Co. N Street 17
Fanno Saw Works Pavilion A 1332
Forestry Suppliers, Inc. Pavilion B 2525
Greenwell Mfg. Pavilion C 3130
Growing Magazine Pavilion B 2514
Hartmann’s Plant Co. Pavilion A 1325
Hydro Stacker West Pavilion B 2017 – 2018
Irrometer Co., Inc. Pavilion B 2132 – 2133
John Deere Co. O & P Streets @ North Street
Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA R Street 38, R Street 40
Kioti Tractor/Daedong USA A/B Street 17
Kubota Tractor Corp. O Street 22, 24, 26; P Street 21, 23, 25
Land Pride L Street 4
Mechanical Transplanter Co., LLC M Street 39
Montana Tractors B/C Street 17
Natural Industries, Inc. Pavilion C 3514
New Holland N/O Streets @ South Street
Polysack USA, Inc. Pavilion A 1300
R & H Machine, Inc. K Street 34
Raven Industries, Inc. Pavilion C 3831 – 3832
Red Wing Software Pavilion A 1525
Stokes Ladders, Inc. L Street 29
Topcon Positioning Systems Pavilion C 3726 – 3727, Ride & Drive 3
West Coast Marine Bio Processing Corp. Pavilion C 3705

Expo General Seminar Details

A range of agribusiness seminars will be featured during the 2008 World Ag Expo. All seminars are free with paid admission to the World Ag Expo. World Ag Expo General Seminars will be featured in the Expo Seminar Center Wednesday, Feb. 13, between East Greenbelt and Q Street, south of Median Street.

“Ag Workers Comp & Loss Control”

Todd Nelson, C.I.C. and vice president of sales, and Clint Rocha, Cal OSHA and Loss Control representative for Carl Nelson Insurance Agency, Inc., will cover all aspects of Workers Comp, from original classification to loss control due to claims. Questions to be answered are: Why do we need Worker’s Comp? How are the classifications determined? What exclusions are acceptable? How does an experience modification rate apply to your business? How are rates established? How does a business save on Worker’s Comp?

“Agricultural Labor Force—Where are they today? Where will they be tomorrow?”

Carl Borden, Association Counsel of California Farm Bureau Federation will discuss how new and existing regulations can affect the availability of an on-demand workforce. These and other agricultural labor issues will be addressed during the session.

“Realistic Approach—Sharing Your Legacy”

Caroline Berry has a consulting practice that focuses on succession and governance issues in family businesses, nonprofit associations and closely held partnerships. She will present a seminar dealing with the planning necessary to insure a fair and equitable business succession. The seminar will address the questions: What does it take to keep the legacy alive? How to overcome cultural as well as financial restriction? How to deal with the heirs? Can sweat equity be converted into ownership?

“Fueling California Agriculture Part II: The Future for Ethanol and Bio-diesel, and new cropping alternatives for bio-energy”

Brian Jenkins will set the stage with a presentation on “Bio-energy and the future for the California farmer;” Steve Kaffka will cover “Annual Crops for Bio-fuels and Use of crop residues;” and Dan Putnam, University of California forage specialist, will discuss “Perennial Grasses for Cellulose Production into Ethanol.” The presenters will reassemble as a panel for a brief question and answer session, which will conclude the day of seminars.