Meteorologists predict excellent tire-kicking weather with sunny skies and daytime highs in the 60s for the three-day run of the 46th annual World Ag Expo that kicks off today (Tuesday, Feb. 12) and continues through Thursday at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.

Show times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday.

General admission is $12 at the gate.

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About 1,400 exhibitors are poised to discuss the latest innovations in agriculture with a crowd of about 100,000 expected attendees on about 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. All exhibit space is sold out.

World Ag Expo Chairman Joe Raney says, “This is a strong indication of the health of California and American agriculture.”

About 1,500 volunteers donning bright-orange jackets will help bring visitors and exhibitors together to talk about the latest and greatest innovations in agriculture.

The wide range of Expo activities will include the Ag Warriors Benefit featuring keynote speaker and combat-decorated Marine Oliver North. The benefit is designed to assist veterans searching for long-term careers in Agriculture.

New on the northeast side of the Expo grounds this year is Building C, a permanent 60,000-square foot, steel building for exhibits. Building C replaces the previous Pavilion C tent.

Free parking is available. Off-site park and ride is available from Fresno, Clovis, Visalia and Tulare.

World Ag Expo is a worldwide event expected to draw visitors from 70 countries. Expo information will be translated into 35 languages.

The International Agri-Center is located at 4500 S.  Laspina Street, Tulare, Calif. 93274. The phone number is (800) 999-9186.

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