Serious buyers and curious crowds returned to Tulare for the 55th edition of World Ag Expo®. The world’s largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition came to a close on Thursday, February 10 and boasted 1,272 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The three-day show hosted 98,387 attendees representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 34 countries.
Exhibitors reported quality traffic and numerous leads at the highly anticipated return to a live event. Veteran exhibitor Dragon-Line LLC was in Pavilion B, the irrigation and water hall.
“This is the best World Ag Expo ever for Dragon-Line,” reported Monty Teeter, company CEO. “A great exposition for domestic and international producers to participate and view so many facets of the Ag industry. World Ag Expo efforts helped host not only big companies, but also new innovative small companies that amazed all attendees!”
Farmers and ranchers returned in large numbers for the 2022 show after the event went digital in 2021 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. World Ag Expo® is one of the first large Ag events of the year offering opportunities to network and learn about the newest Ag equipment, services, and technology. More than 100 educational seminars, demonstrations, and workshops were held over three days and covered a variety of topics ranging from irrigation to dairy, livestock to professional development.
“This was a great way to return to a live event” said Jerry Sinift, CEO of the International Agri-Center®. “Buyers showed up, exhibitors are thrilled, and we were all able to come together to celebrate Ag. We knew we wouldn’t hit the attendee total from 2020, but this was better. Everyone saw highly engaged crowds who were happy to be here.”
Ag tech was the highlight of the event and showed the advances Ag has made in the last two years. Nine of the ten winners of the 2022 Top-10 New Products contest were a tech-forward item. A number of exhibitors took larger spaces to offer demonstrations, equipment skill contests, and ride and drive opportunities for attendees.
The 2023 World Ag Expo® will be held February 14-16. Space renewals are now being accepted from 2022 exhibitors. Potential exhibitors can begin requesting space on March 1, 2022 at www.worldagexpo.org.