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Agfest grows a future for farmers

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SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) -- Literally "tons" of technology at Agfest in Spencer, Iowa. Thursday, forty vendors came out showcasing the most recent advancements in farming.

Things like auto-drive tractor systems, and a new online farming website that displays day-to-day ag prices.

Agfest started in Storm Lake in 2009 and moves around the state each year.

Officials say the program is all about appreciating farmers.

"They grow our food they are out they're in all kinds of weather they're out there promoting the pork industry, the beef industry, the turkey, chicken, the grain that we eat and this is a day of thanks to them," says Dick Bennett, Agfest Promoter.

Agfest also held a number of guest speakers.

Including Iowa Public TV's John Roach from Market to Market.

Roach was speaking on the advantage farmers have in the economy right now. He says that technology has played a role in their success.

"Technology is advancing rapidly in agriculture but it's always been the case if you look back to where yields were back in the 1960's to where they are today, we have been growing steadily through all that period of time," says John Roach, Ag Market Specialist.

Agfest also did a little charity work.

Officials say they raised a few thousand dollars for groups like Four H and Future Farmers of America.

Online Reporter: Forrest Saunders

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