Kansas City’s Western Farm Show returns after COVID hiatus


Kansas City’s Western Farm Show returns after COVID hiatus

The Western Farm Show opens Friday at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City. The 400,000 square feet of exhibit space features a first look at farm products, according to Jami Applegate, manager of the Western Farm Show.

“Whether it’s combines for the field or buildings to put up or silos, there’s a wide variety of things that we bring to the table for them that they know they will be able to experience by coming to the farm show,” Applegate tells Brownfield Ag News.

Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, will be back with the MFA-sponsored low-stress livestock handling demonstrations on Saturday, February 26th.

“Dr. Gill does a great job,” said Applegate. “He’s been with us for many years. He comes out of Texas; he does these demonstrations just to teach ranchers, whether new or old, how to better handle their cattle.” Admission to the cattle handling demonstrations is free to all Western Farm Show paid attendees.

The show’s Health & Safety Roundup, coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau, will offer health care screenings.

The opening day of the Western Farm Show is FFA Day, drawing FFA students from Missouri and Kansas for the FFA Unite Against Hunger annual food drive. The food donations are given to Harvesters — The Community Food Network, a regional food bank serving northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. FFA students can also attend workshops on technology and innovation, as well as job skills sessions and a job interview session.

Western Farm Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 27.

AUDIO: Jami Applegate