David Laudin, Co-chairmen for Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon has announced they are making some changes for the 2020 show to better promote and enhance our industry.
“We want to give all of our exhibitors’ equal opportunity to highlight their innovations and technology enhancements at our show,” said Laudin. “The Inventors’ Showcase has been a long standing feature of our show but we felt it limited our existing exhibitors to launch products at our show.
“So, to level the playing field we decided to eliminate the Inventors’ Showcase, New Products Feature and Farm Safety Feature categories at our show and rebrand this the Innovation Showcase.”
Current, existing and new exhibitors will each have the opportunity to apply to enter the Innovation Showcase if they so choose and now they can pick one of seven categories to enter.
“Innovation and Technology is at the forefront in everything that we do now a days and the Ag Industry is not legging behind. Our theme for the 2020 show is Technology and Innovation in Agriculture. We want to help launch your vision so our hashtag for this years’ show is #2020vision,” said Brad Crammond, Co-chairmen for Manitoba Ag Days in the release.
As noted, there will be seven categories in the Innovation Showcase with the goal of ‘Advancing the Field’. Manitoba Ag Days will be awarding prize money to first and second place in each category and Glacier FarmMedia will be rewarding an advertising packages to the first and second place winner in each category. *
Agronomics Awarded to the company that has developed a new technology that improves crop production including innovation in genetics, pesticide application (non-mechanical), and the process of producing a crop.
Animal and Livestock Awarded to the company that has a new technology that assists in the health and wellbeing of livestock animals.
Agriculture Equipment Awarded to the company that has developed a new equipment concept or technology that assists farmers and agriculture professionals with farming application.
Agribusiness Services Awarded to the company that has developed a new technology that assists farmers and agriculture professionals with the management of their farm business and clients.
Ag Tech Awarded to the company that has developed a new concept or technology that assists farmers and agriculture professionals with farming applications.
Farm Safety Awarded to the company that has developed a new product that assists farmers and agriculture professionals with safety being of the utmost importance.
Farmer Problems Solved Awarded to the exhibitor that has developed a concept or technology that assists farmers and agriculture professionals with farming applications. We are looking for the grassroot inventions in this category. If you like to tinker in your shop, garage or yard and have created something useful and progressive, we want you to be a feature of our show. * If a category does not have any applicants on any given year then there will be no prize money awarded to that particular category in that year.
“We will only be accepting a maximum of 32 entries into the Innovation Program in 2020. To participate exhibitors will need to register between Sept 3, and 20, 2019 for the 2020 show at www.agdays.com,” said Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days General Manager.
“Technology is all around us and I think that farmers are the bravest, most entrepreneurial business men in the world, I am so excited to see where this program takes our industry. As Les Brown once said, ‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’.”
For more information please go to our website at: https://www.agdays.com/for-exhibitors-inventors/innovationshowcase/