As events have been cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19, some event organizers have chosen to move to an online or virtual platform.
Farm Progress Show was one such event to be postponed, originally slated to run in early September at Boone, Iowa this year.
The company that hosts both it and Husker Harvest Days has announced it will instead run the shows as a new, online event for this year called Farm Progress Virtual Experience, or FPVX. The event will run for three days, September 15, 16, and 17.
“The beauty of a virtual event is that we will open the virtual gates on September 15 with a slate of field demos and rich content, but once live, farmers can engage with the content all year long,” says Don Tourte, senior vice president, Farm Progress. “With this event the farmer can virtually stroll through more than 500 exhibits in their own time, and each exhibitor will have valuable new information to share.”
The event will begin with a field demonstration program, including corn harvest, tillage, hay and cattle equipment. Farmers will be able to search the exhibitors by category too, and can watch videos, read brochures, and access information, all free of charge.
Well-known ag media personality Max Armstrong will be on hand for the three-day online event as the host.
Videos and produced content will be formatted for smartphones and tablets so farmers can watch and interact with the event even during harvest.
Related: See all our past Farm Progress Show coverage here.