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For the past 44 years, people from all over the western Illinois region—as well as from across the state and beyond—have been coming to Western Illinois University in the winter to get a glimpse of emerging ag technology, tractors and machinery, livestock and crop equipment and supplies and much more. It was in 1970 the Ag Mech Club started what has become the largest student-run agriculture show in the U.S., the annual WIU Farm Expo—which many refer to as the "Ag Mech Show."
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For the second year, WIU's School of Agriculture will add to the Ag Mech Show tradition by incorporating an alumni social for all "WIU Aggies" (alumni, students and current and retired faculty). The social is set from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 in Western Illinois University's Multicultural Center.
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45th Annual WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo Feb. 7-8; Aggie Alumni Social Set for Feb. 7

January 26, 2015


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MACOMB, IL — For the past 44 years, people from all over the western Illinois region—as well as from across the state and beyond—have been coming to Western Illinois University in the winter to get a glimpse of emerging ag technology, tractors and machinery, livestock and crop equipment and supplies and much more. It was in 1970 the Ag Mech Club started what has become the largest student-run agriculture show in the U.S., the annual WIU Farm Expo—which many refer to as the "Ag Mech Show."

As in past years, the Farm Expo will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. The 2015 keynote address is slated for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and the speaker is Western alumnus Kirk Hanlin, assistant chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA).

For the second year, Western's School of Agriculture will add to the Ag Mech Show tradition by incorporating an alumni social for all "WIU Aggies" (alumni, students and current and retired faculty). The social is set from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Multicultural Center.

The Farm Expo will include the traditional popular activities of the Kiddie Tractor Pull, as well as exhibits of farm machinery, emerging ag technology, livestock and crop supplies, ag structures, crafts, a farm toy show and much more.

In addition, two career development events (CDE) are slated from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 7): the Illinois FFA State Ag Issues CDE and Illinois FFA State Job Interview CDE.

For more information about the Ag Mech Show, visit www.wiufarmexpo.com or call (309) 298-1080. Individuals planning to attend the School of Agriculture Alumni Social are asked to confirm attendance with the School of Ag at (309) 298-1080.

Follow the WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WiuAgMechFarmExpo and the WIU School of Agriculture at www.facebook.com/WIUag.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
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