Farm Technology Days volunteers were rewarded with a bratwurst and baked bean lunch, door prizes and lots of applause Saturday afternoon as organizers of the three-day July show reunited to celebrate success and acknowledge the hard work by hundreds of Pierce County residents.
Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilsestuen drowned late Wednesday afternoon or evening while swimming in Lake Superior. Nilsestuen, a UW-River Falls graduate, had spent the day volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Pennisula.
Six hours after heavy rains washed out the final day of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, officials have announced plans for exhibitors to re-enter the soggy Tent City site and begin retrieving belongings, vehicles, displays and implements.
The first day of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in River Falls came and went seamlessly, save for some long traffic backups and early anxiety by hundreds of volunteers, trying to make good impressions. State troopers, deputies and local police were out in force by 6 a.m., shepherding motorists and shuttle buses.
Jim Harsdorf of Pierce County’s Farm Technology Days (FTD) Executive Committee presented Tom Holdorf of Value Implement a Charter Sponsor plaque in appreciation for the implement dealer’s financial contribution to FTD. The show will be held at the Roger and Bev Peterson family farm, Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, two miles southwest of River Falls.
As Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (FTD) 2010 approaches, Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, just south of River Falls, a new feature of the show is a special welcoming effort designed for non-farmer attendees.
OK, so you don’t know the difference between silage and forage. You wouldn’t dream of asking to test drive a 300-horsepower, four-wheel-drive tractor, and you have little interest in the newest technology for handling animal waste.
But the volunteers who’ve spent almost three years organizing this year’s Farm Technology Days are betting they’ve planned more intriguing activities than you can enjoy in a single day.
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