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Jeff French, left, received a plaque from Barron County Farm Technology Days executive secretary Tim Jergenson during Media Day. French, who is now the county administrator, volunteered to help with the show a day after the county got the bid and was honored for being the first volunteer.

Jeff French, left, received a plaque from Barron County Farm Technology Days executive secretary Tim Jergenson during Media Day. French, who is now the county administrator, volunteered to help with the show a day after the county got the bid and was honored for being the first volunteer. Photo By Jan Shepel

FTD organizers still smiling

July 3, 2013 | 0 comments

DALLAS

Tim Jergenson was smiling three years ago when Barron County got the nod to host Farm Technology Days, and now that the show is almost here, he is still smiling.

The Barron County UW-Extension Agent, who handles agriculture, natural resources and horticulture education, has served as executive secretary of the 2013 show since planning began several years ago.

Jergenson has watched the spirit of volunteerism grow in hundreds of people in the county who have given of their time to bring the show off, July 9-11, at Breezy Hill Dairy near Dallas.

"It has really been fascinating to watch the whole process. The pace has picked up dramatically and it wasn’t leisurely before by any means, but you can feel the excitement building. The energy is out there among the volunteers," he said.

There are 1,250 volunteers already on the roster and the number is growing each day, he said. All the committees feel they have the people they will need to put on the show, except perhaps the parking committee where volunteers are still showing up.

"We’ve had no glitches yet and we fully expect to get at least one."

The spirit of doing things right has been one of the things that Jergenson has enjoyed seeing first hand. When a meeting was being held to talk to neighbors of the show site about how traffic might affect them, one volunteer hand-delivered all the invitations.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of a show like this and ours have been great to work with. I’ve often been amazed that they are willing to give up their nights and weekends to put time into this."

Three years ago - a day after the county received the bid to host the show – Jergenson was in his office wondering what he had gotten himself into. In popped the county’s finance director who wanted to volunteer to help with the show.

"He was our very first volunteer. We didn’t even have a form yet," recalled the county agent.

That first and number-one volunteer, Jeff French, is now the Barron County Administrator. "He set a tone that inspired a lot of volunteers," says Jergenson.

Weather is often a concern going into the outdoor farm show, but usually snow isn’t a factor. This year there most likely won’t be snow on the show grounds during Farm Technology Days but it has affected the host farm.

On May 2 the area received 15 inches of show, putting the alfalfa crop back a bit where the show and field demonstrations will be held.

"We have an incredible farm site. The soils are such at that farm that it dried up nicely. Their sandy loam is the best spot anywhere," he said.

Barron County has lined up to help out with this show. "We had five really good applicants to host this show; really quality farms. I would have been confident to take Farm Technology Days forward with any of them."

At Breezy Hill, a farm with a view that goes on for miles, the crop rotations and field demonstrations are all lined up. Tent City has been staked out since early June after the first cutting of hay was taken off.

All the planning will start to play out. "Behind the scenes there will be some things that won’t be obvious to people coming to the show. We will have a robust internet system. I like to say we will have the only alfalfa field in Wisconsin that is fully wired for the internet," said Jergenson.

"We’re hoping that exhibitors will incorporate that into their displays and infrastructure of their exhibits."

Visitors will be able to see bale busters compared side-by-side, with video cameras showing what’s going on inside and field sprayer demonstrations.

Barron County previously hosted the show – then called Farm Progress Days – in 1987 near Cumberland. Jergenson was dairy farming then and remembers going to that show and looking at haying equipment. "I took some ideas home and switched corn hybrids."

He’s hoping the state’s farmers will come to this year’s show and take home ideas on farm technology, too.

"I’ve been told that farmers especially like Farm Technology Days because they can see seven or eight things they are interested in and compare them all at once. It’s all in one place and they can save time and have the information they need when they go home."

Some survey work helps organizers to determine what attendees like to see when they come to the show. Jergenson said field demonstrations and the ride-and-drive areas are very popular with farmers who come to the event each year.

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