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Algoma – As Kewaunee County prepares to host Wisconsin's Farm Technology Days (FTD) on July 11 to 13, 2017, the executive committee has begun to promote the event with the release of a video and an announcement of a commemorative farm toy.

In the video, Randy and Renee Ebert of the host Ebert Enterprises dairy farm, Roger Krohn of Agropur Cheese, Amber Hewitt of Lakeshore Dairy Services, Andy Barta of the Rio Creek Feed Mill, Jerry Sinkula of Ag Heritage and Resources, Dale Swoboda of the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame, Jay Stoeger of Cold Country Vines and Wines, and Robin Nelson of Nelson-Sivret Chiropractic all having speaking roles. The video also displays the agricultural diversity and geographical features of the county.

The 3 minute, 32 second video is available on the www.wifarmtechnologydays.com website and through Facebook It was produced by Dan Hagenow Video Creation, LLC.

Forage Harvester Toy

As its miniature model commemorative toy, the county's FTD executive committee chose a 1975-1985 Gehl 800 forage harvester. Manufactured in Wisconsin by the Gehl Co. at West Bend, this harvester had not previously been made at a model size.

This 1/16th size die-cast model comes with interchangeable model heads for both hay pickup and corn chopping. It was made by SpecCast Collectibles of Dyersville, IA.

The Kewaunee County FTD committee has 1,000 of these models available for sale. They can be ordered through the website by clicking on the Commemorative Farm Toy link.

The price is $175 plus $25 for shipping and handling. Buyers also have the choice of picking up the unit they purchased on site at FTD in July.

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