EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – Thousands of people are expected to travel to the Chippewa Valley this week for Farm Technology Days. First News at Nine’s Maria Blough was there as the three-day event kicked off this morning.
Despite the warm temperatures hundreds of vendors, exhibitors, and visitors are taking over this 270 acre field in Eau Claire County for the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. The three-day event started with words from organizers and state officials like Secretary Designee of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Randy Romanski.
Governor Tony Evers also helped kick off the event touting Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture and how the recently passed state budget is looking to help farmers. “During the pandemic how difficult it was around supply chain issues and how important it is to have local and regional processors in Wisconsin so we took a huge step forward in that area,” said Evers. “We obviously put more money in the budget for farmer mental health and also the ag export business that we are working on.”
Evers also stressed his goal to help farms and smaller communities get connected to the internet.
Overall, these next few days for area farmers are all about getting to share what they do.
“We saw the show as an opportunity to extend that reach [to] a new audience and really just continue to spread that message of hey, you know, obviously agriculture is important in our area,” said co-owner of Ferguson’s Orchards, Andy Ferguson. “Apples happen to be one part of that that people may not know are grown to the extent that they are here.”
Andy Ferguson is with Ferguson’s Orchards in Eau Claire and is part of the team that put Farm Tech Days together. He says so far turnout has been greater than expected.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days runs through Thursday. Tickets are $10 with free parking.