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Counting down to the farming expo

THE countdown has begun to the 2020 East Coast Farming Expo to be held at the Wairoa A&P Showgrounds in late February, with the focus again in the fifth year of the event, on innovation, interaction and excellence.

The two-day event, hosted by Wairoa Community Development Trust, will be held on February 26 and 27 2020.

'Two days of interactive exhibits and seminars will give East Coast and Hawke's Bay farming communities the opportunity to interact face-to-face with industry innovators and experts,' said event manager Sue Wilson.

'The aim is to provide solutions to keep farm business moving forward.

'If you're an East Coast/Hawke's Bay farmer looking for the solutions to keep your business moving forward, or an agricultural innovator wanting to spread your message, this event is perfect.'

She said the Expo was about acknowledging the importance of face-to-face interaction when it comes to learning about new technology.

'It's the perfect opportunity for East Coast Farmers to interact directly with specialist industry innovators, in a relaxed environment close to home.

'There is a huge opportunity for technology uptake, especially in sheep and beef farming, and we're extremely excited about the Expo's potential and being able to host it in our community,' Mrs Wilson said.

The trade exhibits include solar energy, weather data mapping, new yarding systems, soil and vegetation mapping, feeding systems, GIS mapping, finance options, innovation, technology, irrigation, genetics and communication systems.

'It is an ideal opportunity to launch new products and release new research and technology, straight to a target audience, and to showcase innovative and technology-based products.

'Trade sites have been designed to provide an intimate platform for exhibitors to display their leading-edge products and services. The 2020 event sites will again be arranged in a centralised hub, providing the best experience for exhibitor and visitor alike,' Mrs Wilson said.

'Farmers and landowners can explore new ideas and have their questions answered, in an exclusive and specialised environment.'

Event director Dave Martin said he was excited to provide the opportunity for national businesses and East Coast farmers to mix at the 2020 Expo.

'The support from exhibitors to hold the event again was amazing and provided the motivation for the show to go on.

'It just shows how important the event is to businesses and farmers alike. It's where innovation and technology know-how can be shared with those who will benefit from it the most,' he said.

'The seminar line-up is a real feature of the event with excellent speakers and inspiring topics. Presentations are timed so farmers can see exhibitions as well as attend seminars.'

Tickets will be available online, closer to the event, or there will be a $10 gate charge.