To wrap things up for now I spoke with Sara Truesdale Mooney, Show Director. Here are a few of the statistics from the show this year.
The high quality of the attendees was evident in the average acreage of 7,700 for the producers. One company executive said, “The caliber of producer that comes here – this is the best of the best … the business producers that will be the growers of the future. You can see that in the show today.”
The show set records for exhibit space and number of exhibitors, scope of education programs and education session tickets reserved, and number of co-located industry conventions, meetings and events.
AG CONNECT Expo & Summit had nearly 400 exhibitors and more than 220,000 net square feet of exhibit space. More than 30 co-located events were held at the show, including 10 association conferences, eight educational conferences/seminars and more than 13 exhibitor events.
Show management reports that attendance at AG CONNECT nearly doubled in 2013.
Eleven percent of the attendees came from outside the U.S., with more than 50 countries represented. Eight Canadian provinces were represented at the show, along with all the states except Hawaii.
You can listen to my interview with Sara here: Interview with Sara Truesdale Mooney