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Innovation square showcases all of agriculture at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days will have more than enough attractions for both farmer and non-farmers to enjoy, from unique foods and large equipment demonstrations to children’s activities and horse presentations, everyone will find something to enjoy.

However, as this is Farm Technology Days, there will be exhibits that will even attract the techies of the agricultural community. At the center of it all is Innovation Square, sponsored by Exacto.

The square will be in the heart of Tent City at this year’s show, featuring the newest agricultural developments used on farms all over the world. Innovation Square will also bring pieces of hosting county, Kewaunee County, through the means of a Farmer’s Market and replicas of locally recognized public spaces.

As for the technological wonders of Innovation Square, visitors of the show will be able to get up close and personal with a number of exciting products and services including an automatic feeding system, waste recycling systems, a hay feeder, crop development technologies and more all designed to make life on the farm a lot easier and better for the environment.

“They will showcase innovative solutions to problems that face the agricultural industry on a daily basis,” Co-Chair of the Innovation Square Committee Will Hewett said. “It will be great to bring these tools to life for our visitors.”

The executive committee for Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days has put in a lot of effort over the last few years of planning for the event to make sure the show focuses on more than just dairy cows. This is how the Innovation Square Farmer’s Market comes into focus.

“The committee came up with the idea for the farmer’s market together, and we all are very excited to have it in the show,” Hewett said. “We wanted a way to show the different forms of agriculture here in Kewaunee County, and it allows the vineyards, the breweries, the CSAs, and all the other farmers that aren’t involved with dairy to have a voice.”

Kewaunee County’s agriculture diversity is widespread, including other operations including cheesemakers, organic vegetable growers, beekeepers, flower growers, beef operations and more.

Innovation Square will be easy to find, as it features a 24-foot replica of Algoma’s iconic red lighthouse with a working light on top. The lighthouse was installed in the middle of a recently cut hay field earlier this week.

As Lake Michigan is essential to everyday life and many industries within Kewaunee County, a miniature Lake Michigan is being built into the square along with a smaller version of the Ahnapee State Trail.

People will also get to enjoy a toy show within Innovation Square. The show will host rare and collectible agricultural toys donated for the week from local collectors. A display will also feature the commemorative toy for the Kewaunee Show, the Gehl 800 Forage Harvester.

For more information about Innovation Square and Farm Technology Days, please visit our website or official show program at www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee/pdf/WFTD_Program_2017.pdf.

Farm Technology Days 2017 will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises at E5083 County Road K, Algoma, Wis. 54201. Admission is $8 for everyone age 12 and up, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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World Famous Horseman to Teach at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Wisconsin is home to over one million dairy cows, but the state has a soft spot for horses here in America’s Dairyland. To showcase the passion for horses and equestrians in the state’s agricultural community, widely recognized horseman Chris Cox will be the headlining Clinician at the 2017 Kewaunee County Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

During the three-day show, Cox will be administering clinics on a number of different topics for people to take part in with their horses. Clinics will include correct riding, colt starting, building rider confidence, developing youth horsemanship and more. To take part in one of the clinics, ranging from one to five or more hours, individuals must apply.

Cox originates from a cattle ranch in Australia, where he learned from an early age about working with horses and appreciating the connection of horse and man.

Cox has become known for his popular show, Chris Cox Horsemanship, which teaches viewers about his life and work on his ranch Diamond Double C Ranch in Mineral Wells, Tex. The show focuses on Cox working with different horses, and educating the public with information and facts to aid both horse owners and admirers.

As a teacher of horsemanship for over 28 years, Cox uses both Western and European influences in his style and practice, allowing all levels of rider insights into how to work with horses. He consistently is looking to help others on their horsemanship journeys, making his stand out as an exlimperlariy teacher.

As a trainer and breeder of horses, Cox has been recognized as an outstanding individual in the equestrian world, and was presented with the Traveler Award by the American Quarter Horse Association in 2015 and was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the same year. By 2016 Cox was given the Monty Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cox’s resume of success with horses includes multiple competitive awards throughout his tenure. He has earned four world championships of the coveted Road to the Horse competition, which has elite clinicians compete in the World Championship of Colt Starting. The competitors must build a strong relationship with an untouched three-year-old American Quarter Horse to win the prize. Cox was also awarded the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award in 2015.

In addition to his full schedule, Cox frequently travels throughout the world to offer demonstrations, clinics and performances of his work along with regular Reined Cow Horse and Team Roping events.

More information about the FTD Chris Cox Clinics, visit: http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee/pdf/Chris-Cox-Application-Fillable.pdf

Farm Technology Days 2017 will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises at E5083 County Road K, Algoma, Wis. 54201. Admission is $8 for everyone age 12 and up, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee and find us on Facebook and Twitter.