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Agriculture Mechanization Club organizes largest student-run farm expo

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's the largest student run farming expo in the nation, and it's in Macomb.  For more than 40 years, Vendors have come to show what they can offer to you. 

Vendors and farmers from all over the Tri-States swarmed Western Illinois University's Western Hall and for many this wasn't there first time.

"Probably close to 30 years," said Frank Huston when asked how long he's come to the expo.   

The expo is run by WIU's Agriculture Mechanization club, and President Andrew Nelson said there's something new to offer each year.  This year focused on protecting farmers from dry weather.

"It changes a little bit. Some of the vendors offer a different product. Some are more about the drought products that can be used to conserve water or use the water more efficiently. A lot of those parts are being pushed this year," Nelson said.  

With the record drought just last summer, farmers were looking at ways to have a better year.  As Ryan Kohl explains his soil product to a couple prospects, he said the drought is pushing more people his way.

"We attend about 8 or 10 farm shows throughout the year and so far this year we've seen a lot of new prospects and clients coming to our booth," Kohl said.  

They weren't the only booth people were going to.  Nelson said in this year's expo, there was about 200 different vendors.

Visit www.wiufarmexpo.com to learn more about the event.

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