Spring brings “time to grow” for farmers at 57th WPS Farm Show
Green Bay - A tradition for farmers across the upper Midwest returns March 28 to 30, when Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) will host its 57th annual WPS Farm Show on the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) grounds in Oshkosh.
The WPS Farm Show is one of the company’s signature events each year, providing farmers the “time to grow” and improve their farms prior to the spring planting season. More than 450 exhibitors from 23 states and three countries will take part in this year’s farm show, which serves as a showcase for products, services and equipment that can help farms run more efficiently.
“Farmers from around Wisconsin and nearby states consider the WPS Farm Show a must-attend event each year,” said Rob Juneau, senior agricultural account manager at WPS, who is in his ninth year managing the event. “It serves as an informal summit that brings farmers together to help them improve operating efficiency, and that renews relationships between vendors and customers.”
Around 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which is among the state’s largest agricultural shows. For the second-straight year, an East Exhibitor Tent has been added to house even more products outside of the four EAA aircraft hangars.
There are more than 30 new exhibitors taking part in this year’s farm show, showcasing products and services such as security cameras, barn-cleaning systems, heavy-duty farm equipment and agricultural construction. Returning exhibitors will feature computerized data collection and management applications, robotic milking technology and crop production advancements, all products that can help farmers continue to manage low farm commodity prices.
“From large products like farm tractors to smaller items like flag poles, every farmer can find a product at this year’s show to help them improve their farm,” Juneau said.
WPS agricultural consultants will be on hand throughout the Farm Show to discuss energy needs with farmers, answer questions and demonstrate a state-of-the-art farm wiring system.
Aside from exhibits, other highlights of the WPS Farm Show include:
- Blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol testing by University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh nursing students.
- Kids’ tractor pull (1 p.m. on March 29).
- Food tent featuring several state nonprofit groups selling products such as bison, pork, beef, potatoes, cheese and vegetables, all of which are grown or raised in Wisconsin.
• Informational seminars on nutrition for dairy cattle, safe grain handling and working in grain facilities, and estate planning for farmers.
• Future Farmers of America silent auction (located throughout the show in Hangar B).
The WPS Farm Show runs March 28 and 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and March 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the show is free, but there is a $3 charge for parking on the EAA grounds.
More details on the WPS Farm Show can be found at wpsfarmshow.com.
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation is a utility subsidiary of WEC Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: WEC). The utility serves approximately 442,000 electric customers and 326,000 natural gas customers in northeastern and north central Wisconsin. Visit wisconsinpublicservice.com and WEC Energy Group, at wecenergygroup.com.