Tulare, California, February 9-11

The 49th annual World Ag Expo, held at the International Agri-Center (IAC) in Tulare, California, is the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition. More than 1,400 exhibitors will display the latest in farm equipment, communications and technology in 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.

The IAC is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1976 to produce World Ag Expo and to promote California’s agriculture industry.

The IAC is led by an all-volunteer board of directors and has a full-time staff and more than 1,200 volunteers who dedicate their time to World Ag Expo, the California Antique Farm Equipment Show and other IAC programs.

Free seminars focus on a variety of topics important to dairy producers, farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals.

With an eye to the world’s future growers, the World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have partnered to create the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship supporting agricultural education. Two high school seniors will be awarded $10,000 scholarships to attend a four-year university and major in an agricultural field.

The expo will also feature several wine tours that include Fresno-area boutique wineries (one tour features Engelmann Cellars, LoMac Winery and A. Nonini Winery; another tour includes Ramos Torres Winery, Yribarren Family Vineyards and Milla Vineyards). Attendees will learn about the winemaking process while tasting wines and touring the vineyards and their adjacent facilities. Dairy and citrus tours will highlight the technology and state-of-the-art facilities used by area farms.

In addition, the World Ag Women’s Pavilion is a popular destination for attendees who are interested in cooking, gardening, fashion and many other topics. The expo also offers a wine and cheese pavilion for exhibitors and attendees.

On the last day of the expo, a drawing will be held in the Toyota exhibit space for a 2016 Toyota Tundra. Proceeds to benefit The Guilds of Valley Children’s Hospital.

The World Ag Expo will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets are $15 general admission with children under 6 admitted free. For more details, visit http://www.worldagexpo.com.