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Published February 15, 2011, 11:42 AM

International Crop Expo to be held in Grand Forks, ND

Dale Hoff expected good things when the International Crop Expo was launched 10 years ago at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. But the show — which combined three smaller annual farm events sponsored by small grain, potato and soybean groups — has surpassed those expectations.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Dale Hoff expected good things when the International Crop Expo was launched 10 years ago at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

But the show — which combined three smaller annual farm events sponsored by small grain, potato and soybean groups — has surpassed those expectations.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised. We know the potential was there. Things have worked out well,” says Hoff, president of K & D Enterprises in Crookston, Minn. He’s been associated with the expo from the beginning and serves as exhibit manager this year.

The 2011 Expo — themed “Beyond Our Agricultural Borders” — is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17.

Hoping for good turnout

Last year, 5,000 people attended. Organizers hope for comparable or better attendance this year.

An estimated 175 to 200 companies will have exhibits at this year’s event.

Concurrent seminars on small grains, potatoes and soybeans/dry beans will be held both mornings.

Topics for the small grain seminars include wheat varieties, field drainage and grain storage. Topics for the potato seminars include late blight, fungicides and an industry update.

The soybean/dry beans seminars will look at Roundup resistance management, soil health considerations and marketing, among other topics.

Two prominent speakers will give afternoon presentations.

At 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Lowell Catlett will speak on “Tomorrow’s Agriculture: Six Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss.” His presentation is sponsored by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

Catlett, with New Mexico State University, is a consultant to the U.S. Agriculture, Interior, Defense and Labor departments. He’s also been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies.

At 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Ron Hanson will speak on the importance of farm and ranch family communications, especially in farm transition issues.

Hanson, with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has counseled Nebraska farm families for more than 30 years.

Information: www.cropexpo.com.

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