It's Farm Show Week!

The 2014 World Ag Expo kicks off Tuesday for a three-day run (Feb. 11-13) in Tulare, Calif. at the International Agri-Center.

Nearly picture perfect weather will include partly cloudy skies with day-time temperatures around 70 degrees.

Expo hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday.

General admission at the gate is $15.

Visitors to World Ag Expo will find a plethora of vendors - about 1,400 planted on the 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. Exhibits will showcase the latest in technology, equipment, and other high-tech services to help farmers and livestock operators improve profitability in agriculture.

2014 World Ag Expo Volunteer Chairman Stephen Cunha says, “Agriculture is the main thrust of Expo and its roots run deep across many commodities – from grapes to alfalfa to cattle to vegetables; and includes a wealth of technological products and services from GPS to the latest in mechanization.”

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New for 2014 is the Exhibitor Showcase in the new World Ag Expo Arena, located in the southwest corner of the show grounds, just west of Pavilion D.  

A free mobile app download is available for all Smartphone platforms to help visitors maximize their World Ag Expo experience, manage schedules, receive late-breaking Expo updates, and find exhibitors, seminars, and food booths...all with digital ease.

“The Mobile App will help our attendees gain the most value from their World Ag Expo experience,” says Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center’s chief executive officer.

For iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Users, use your mobile device to visit the app store. Click on the ‘free’ button to take you to the install screen.

For other phone types, including Blackberry, Google Android, and all other web-enabled phones, point your mobile device's browser to http://m.core-apps.com/wae2014. You will be directed to the proper app download for your device.

Need help at Expo? Bend the ears of the 1,200 orange-jacketed volunteers sprinkled around the grounds to assist you.

Be sure to check out the exhibits for the World Ag Expo Top-10 new product winners.

The valuable Park and Ride service is available with five offsite parking locations in the Tulare-Visalia areas. Park at the Preferred Outlet Mall or the Tulare airport to ride a bus to the show grounds for free from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Drop off and pick up at the show is at Gate 2.

Park and Ride is also available for free from the Tulare County fairgrounds, Mid-Valley Cotton Gin, and the First Assembly of God Church in Visalia for drop off and pick up at Gate 12.

Agriculture tours will be held daily during World Ag Expo including: two Fresno wine tours (separate tours); the Elkhorn and Milky Way dairies; Sun Pacific Packinghouse and UC Davis Citrus Extension; Curtimade Dairy-UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center; Monrovia Nursery and Lagomarsino Farms; and an Exeter citrus grove and orchard experience.

A packed lineup of World Ag Expo Seminars held at the Seminar Center in the far southeast corner of the grounds will include the latest information about beef and dairy production; hay and forage; international trade; irrigation; and general agricultural topics.

One World Ag Expo visitor will win a new Toyota Tundra pickup truck announced Thursday afternoon. Valley FFA members will sell $5 raffle tickets at the show for the truck donated by the San Joaquin Valley Toyota dealers. Proceeds from the tickets will benefit FFA members.

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