World Ag Expo

Feb 22, 2013
by WLJ

The World Ag Expo is the largest farm and ranch and agricultural show with agricultural expositions that there is in the world. The show is held in February each year and has been held for the past 46 years. This year, over 89 countries were represented by their citizens and companies who traveled to America to attend and participate. Over 150,000 people are attending this year’s event.

Knipe Land Company, an Idaho-based farm and ranch real estate company, participated in the World Ag Expo this year. Knipe Land Company is one of the oldest real estate companies in the western U.S., tracing its roots back to 1944.

According to John Knipe, president of Knipe Land Company and presdent of the World Organization Land Federation, both headquartered in Boise, ID, “The event has become very large over the past few years. In fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce has officially designated the event as an affiliate of the Foreign Buyer Program.

“The Foreign Buyer Program encourages exportation of goods made in America to other countries. It is a great venue for crop growers and agricultural-related producers and companies to meet and do business. This year, 89 countries are on hand to continue or to create new relationships in business and friendship.”

The show started out under the name of “The California Farm Equipment Show and International Exposition” before being renamed “The World Ag Expo.”

The first show was attended by 28,000 people in 1968. Each year the show has grown.

“Today it surpasses 2.5 million square feet of exhibition and meeting space. And today, over 150,000 are attending. This international event center is in Talare, CA, with over 2,000 companies displaying goods and services. Many influential people and politicians, including former President George Bush, have attended. This year, Colonel Oliver North is speaking at the event. The event is attended by people from all over the world,” Knipe said. — WLJ