Make sure your rubber boots are in the pickup. It’s almost time for the “Tulare farm show.” Officially known as World Ag Expo, the 46th running of the agricultural event of the winter opens its three-day stretch Feb. 12 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.
• Feb. 12 & 13—9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Feb. 14—9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Discount Code: AGEXPO
The expo is once again sold out with 1, 400 exhibitors shoehorned into 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space with 1, 500 orange-jacketed volunteers on hand to orchestrate the event.
The sold out sign on the gate is “a strong indication of the health of California and American agriculture, ” says this year’s show chairman, Joe Raney, a retired Tulare city firefighter.
Rainey was on hand for the first show in 1968 as a paramedic and has been involved ever since.
There are no country concerts this year. However, the popular Ag Warrior Benefit is back with Col. Oliver North headlining the Wednesday evening affair on the show grounds. Funds from this support veterans who want to pursue agricultural careers.
There is a new permanent building on the grounds. It is a 60, 000-square foot insulated, cement floor steel span structure replacing the old Pavilion C tent in the northwest corner of the grounds. It was completed in January.
Visit Western Farm Press — Pavilion C, 3915. Someone will figuratively drive home from Tulare in a new Toyota pickup again this year. Valley FFA members will be selling raffle tickets at the show for the new pickup donated by San Joaquin Valley Toyota dealers. Proceeds benefit FFA members. The winner will be drawn Thursday afternoon.
There is another full lineup of seminars to be held at the Seminar Center in the far northeast corner of the grounds. Topics range from beef and dairy production to hay and forage market outlooks to irrigation design and international trade. A listing of seminars is available at worldagexpo.com and in the free show guide available at the gate each day.
• Wednesday Feb. 13
Starts 7 a.m.
Ag Warrior Benefit
Starts 5 p.m.
Here is the story pretty funny.......
SFGATE 3/31/06 Learning Annex Weatlh expo.
....But as I wandered the halls, visiting workshops on tax evasion (er, I mean, avoidance) and the wonders of pre-foreclosure fortunes and flipping luxury homes -- and while listening to the pitches of exhibitors selling everything from Boise, Idaho (the next great boomtown) to West African island resorts (they're pristine, that's why you've never heard of them) to Florida condos (some are still available, get them while hot (not!)) -- one question kept nagging at me:
Real estate has always been a national obsession