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Workers busy preparing for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days


Barron County (WQOW) - Once the Fourth of July weekend is behind us, many of you will set your sights on a couple of big events; The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is next week in Chippewa Falls. Next week also marks the largest agricultural show in the state, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. It's held in a different location each year. This year, the event is being held at a dairy farm in Barron County.

"Agriculture is changing rapidly today, and farmers use technologies. They use the Internet to access information, to access market information, news, weather," said Tim Jergenson, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Inc. Executive Secretary.

A mixture of volunteers and exhibitors were back at work Tuesday, setting up what organizers call a tent city on the Breezy Hill Dairy Farm in Dallas, Wisconsin. That's where the 2013 Farm Technology Days will give visitors a look at the latest and greatest in agricultural options.

"You can walk down the street and see a company and their machinery, and the next block will be their competitors. So you can see them side by side. We demonstrate equipment mowing alfalfa, bailing, chopping. So they can see them working side by side in similar conditions," explained Ron Schuler, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Inc. General Manager.

Organizers expect close to 40,000 visitors to the grounds, which has its own high tech additions.

Workers installed several wireless hotspots and also buried fiber optic cable in order to provide Internet access to all 60 acres of this year's event.

"Our exhibitors will be able to use that, visitors to the show will have some access to that, and there will be a lot of opportunity to incorporate that Internet technology into the exhibits during the show," Jergenson added.

With less than a week before the show opens, there's plenty of ground left to be covered.

"About half of the exhibitors are already working on their exhibits; about half are yet to arrive. So we'll be going dawn to dusk right up through Monday July 8th," Jergenson said.

The three-day event kicks off Tuesday at 9 am. For directions to the show and a list of exhibitors, click here.

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