Farmers and ranchers visiting the KMOT Ag Expo will find a showcase of products and new technology. The 47th annual KMOT Ag Expo will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 1, at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot. Doors open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and at 4 p.m. Friday.
The Midwest’s largest indoor farm show will greet visitors with more than 350 exhibitors with displays of the latest in agricultural technology and equipment. A wide array of free seminars will also be part of the expo.
Parking and admission are free, and a heated shuttle bus will bring visitors from the parking lot to the front door. Once you arrive at the KMOT Ag Expo, stop by the KMOT/Bremer Information Booth, where you will find exhibitor maps and listings, as well as a seminar room schedule.
North Dakota Living sponsors screenings
Attendees at this year’s KMOT Ag Expo will once again have a chance to check their health status.
Clinicians from Trinity Health will be available each day of the show to conduct health screenings and provide health information useful to farmers and ranchers. The screenings are the result of a long-standing partnership between Trinity Health and North Dakota Living.
Kathleen White, community education supervisor with Trinity Health, says screenings, like those being offered at the Ag Expo, are an important part of preventive health.
“They’re a good tool for detecting the early onset of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, or stroke,” White said. “An abnormal result can be a red flag that encourages someone to follow up with their provider to address a health issue before it becomes harder to manage.”
A blood glucose and cholesterol screening will be offered at a cost of $15, and there will be free blood pressure checks. The screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
The health screenings will take place in Arena 2 at Booth 19.
“North Dakota Living is proud to be a part of this event. We sponsor these popular health screenings because electric and telephone cooperatives care about the well-being of our members,” added Clark Van Horn, advertising manager for North Dakota Living.
Electric co-ops welcome visitors
Next door to the health screenings, North Dakota Living will welcome visitors to its booth. Visitors to the KMOT Ag Expo will also be welcomed by the area’s electric cooperatives, with a booth showcasing electric heating products and water heaters.
“People can talk to us about their heating needs and water heating needs,” says Tom Rafferty, member services and communications manager for Verendrye Electric Cooperative. “We really enjoy this show because we get to talk with a number of farmers that we serve, or that other cooperatives serve. We often get questions about how large of a heater they need in their shop, or what size of boiler to use. Some of these products will be on display.”
Cooperatives represented at the KMOT Ag Expo will include Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, Columbus; McKenzie Electric Cooperative, Watford City; McLean Electric Cooperative, Garrison; Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative, Williston and Stanley; North Central Electric Cooperative, Bottineau; Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, Carrington and Cando; and Verendrye Electric Cooperative, with offices in Velva and Minot. The cooperatives’ power supplier, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, will also be represented.
Living Ag Classroom
Join area fourth-graders as they learn how their food gets from the farmers’ fields to the grocery store shelves during the free Living Ag Classroom. Another aspect focuses on farm safety.
By taking a tour of the Living Ag Classroom, you can learn about the production and distribution of food, along with the many byproducts of crops and animals that are raised in North Dakota. The classroom is held in the carousel at the grandstands and is open to the public with sessions at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
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