Farmers flock to Vermillion for Dakota Farm Show - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

Farmers flock to Vermillion for Dakota Farm Show


Farmers and business owners are in Vermillion, South Dakota to learn the latest in all things farming. The Dakota Farm Show is celebrating its 29th year and is expected to have a tremendous turnout, with more than 30,000 visitors expected.

Inside the Dakota Dome is a flurry of activity. Three hundred vendors from 14 different states and Canada are out for a three day event, where customers can browse for hours and still not hit every booth brimming with agriculture. 

"It's a great place where they can come do some one stop shopping, if you will, without putting a lot of miles on the truck and see what's new," said John Sampson, a marketing director for Midwest Shows, Inc.

Don Harberts was one of the first-time vendors taking full advantage of the expanded space this year.

"We've heard very many, a lot of good things about it, and so we thought we'd try it this year and see how we liked it. So far, we've seen a lot of customers here and a lot of prospects also," said Harberts.

Many farmers are looking for ways to upgrade in the new year.

"Row shut-offs and probably more technology for planters and sprayers," said Casey Westergard, farmer.

With the dry conditions across the area, fires can become a big concern for some farmers. That's why Steve Aguiar is showing new liquid fire extinguishers to help fight those fires.

"People need to take better care of things, that's part of it and also service their equipment on a regular basis," said Aguiar.

The liquefied gas inside the fire extinguisher is so powerful that all you'll have to do is put it near the fire, and the fire will go out.  

New tractors were also drawing crowds.

"This machine's marketable in all areas from construction to farming to small hobby farms," said Dave Hertz, a local businessman in Vermillion.

Many of the booths offered similar versatility to farmers, in efforts to maximize efficiency and profits in 2012.

Powered by Frankly