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WI Farm Technology Days: Better Than Ever

July 12, 2010

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - Agriculture and high-tech collide near River Falls this month. Farm Technology Days is the biggest agriculture exposition in the state, and this year it's being held July 20-22 at the Peterson Farm.

One highlights this year is the Diversity Agriculture Tent, showcasing the latest information for diverse agriculture enterprises. Faye Jones, executive director of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), says if you've ever thought about going to Farm Technology Days, this is the year to do it.

"This year at the Diverse Ag tent there's gonna actually be 20 different booths on everything from poultry, to hops, to grapes, to selling local, to maple syrup production...."

Wisconsin is home to many diverse agricultural enterprises, some well-established and some new and emerging. Jones says organic farming practices have become more and more mainstream, with many strong new niche markets. There's even a booth for Wisconsin's Hazelnut Improvement Program, she adds. Hazelnuts can be used to produce cooking oils popular in Europe, as well as bio-fuel and other products.

Another feature this year will be the "Hoop House" or "High Tunnel" display. Angie Sullivan, resource and events coordinator for MOSES, says these devices can extend the growing season in Wisconsin, and they're becoming quite popular.

"People are putting up hoop houses in their back yards. You can have any type - anything from a $500 model you build yourself, on up to $20,000 - depending on what you're trying to do."

There's even an Organic Corner, which will be staffed by experts who can discuss concerns and questions related to the process of organic certification, livestock management and crop operations.

More information is available by contacting MOSES at 715-778-5775 or, and Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, at 920-478-3852 or

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI