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Farm Tech group whittles away at fundraising targets

AgStar Financial Services is the first Charter Sponsor for the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which will be held in Pierce County next July. From left to right are FTD Executive Committee member Jim Harsdorf, AgStar Senior Financial Service Executive Peter Stern and FTD Vice Chairwoman Beth Ingli.

The local fundraising committee for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2010, which will be held in Pierce County, is about half way toward its goal, reports committee Chairman Steve Healy.

"We've got a long ways to go, but we're making good progress," said Healy.

Pierce County, as with previous and future host counties, must raise about $170,000 in cash sponsorships and about $150,000 of in-kind donations to cover the costs.

AgStar Financial Services, with a pledge of $10,000, was the first Charter Sponsor for FTD 2010. Four other businesses--Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services, MDMA Equipment and Wieser Concrete Products--have also each pledged $10,000.

The total projected cost of the three-day event is $1.3 million, so the county's fundraising goal is about 25 percent of the budget.

Farm Technology Days, which showcases innovations in agriculture, is the largest traveling outdoor farm show in the Midwest. Each year, FTD is held in a different Wisconsin county, on a different host family farm.

An estimated 75,000 people attended the 2009 event held in Dodge County (South Central Wisconsin).

For more please read the Sept. 16 print version of the Herald.