by Jesse Bussard
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much farm equipment crammed under one roof. I also don’t think I’ve ever seen Ryan Goodman quite so overwhelmed by a large crowd. This past Saturday, Ryan and I took a trip to Lousiville, KY for the 47th National Farm Machinery
Show (NFMS). This was my second time there and Ryan’s first (hence, the feeling overwhelmed). The NFMS is the nation’s largest indoor farm show and is held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This event is also home to the nation’s Championship Tractor Pulls where some of the best pullers across the country too see who’s rigs have the most torque and horsepower.
In addition to touring the show, we were also there to promote the HayTalk.com website and our bi-monthly Twitter #HayTalk chat. This was the first chance I’d had to meet up with the co-founder of the #HayTalk chat, James Brown a.k.a. @hoosierhayfarm on Twitter. It was good to finally put a face to the name and talk to one of the collaborators Ryan and I’ve been working with so closely to grow #HayTalk chat.
Throughout our time at the NFMS we saw an assortment of the latest and greatest in farm equipment, including an impressive RealTree camo combine and a Dekalb themed chopper motorcycle. Below is a slideshow of some of the equipment we saw:
The event covered over 1.2 million square feet with over 850 agricultural displays and exhibits. If it wasn’t for Ryan’s sense of direction in that maze I fear I’d of ended up walking in circles all day! Luckily this year the NFMS featured a downloadable app from Farm Industry News for smartphones and tablets that made navigating the large expanse of the Expo Center a little easier.
We had the chance to talk to people from many different agricultural companies including seed and chemical, planting technology, milking equipment, and livestock feeds. Overall the show was a great experience and I highly recommend checking it out if you’ve never been! You’ll see some amazing examples of the variety of farm equipment that farmers and ranchers use to produce the food, fuel, and fiber to keep our country going and get to meet people from across the nation.
Also be sure to check out Ryan’s post about the trip and see some more photos of equipment.