Thursday, February 11, 2016, marked the final day of the three-day show, World Ag Expo. The 49th annual show, which was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California, opened Tuesday, February 9, at 9:00 a.m. Attendees and exhibitors from all over the U.S. and several countries came to the show grounds to join in the largest annual outdoor agricultural expo in the world, which spans over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The three-day show housed over 1,500 exhibitors and hosted a record-breaking 106,349 attendees. In 2015, World Ag Expo hosted 102,867 attendees.
"There's nothing like it in the world-Tulare nearly doubles in size during the week of World Ag Expo, " said Jerry Sinift, the International Agri-Center's chief executive officer. "This year was a great success for everyone involved. Our exhibitors are happy. Our attendees were awestruck. World Ag Expo maintains relevance through showcasing everything from massive tractors to smart phone applications-all to improve ag operations of our attendees and educate the society at large about agriculture."
"We chose the World Ag Expo to launch our Australian Water Saving Granules Product into the USA. We could not have achieved a better response or more overwhelming exposure elsewhere," said Elizabeth Millar, Commercial Sales Manager for The Water Saving Granule Company. "The attendance was incredible...we reserved our exhibit space for 2017 before we had even left the grounds."
Jason Parker, Director of Sales & Marketing for Lindsay Corporation said, "World Ag Expo gives us a great opportunity to get our products in front of growers from all over....We look forward to coming back to Tulare year after year!"
Other attractions at World Ag Expo this year included the Equipment Showcase in the World Ag Expo Arena, multiple Ride & Drives, educational seminars, and Wednesday's Budweiser After-Hours party featuring country artist Jon Pardi. Next year, World Ag Expo will be held February 14-16, 2017 at the International Agri-Center grounds in Tulare, California.