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With extensive displays of new farm equipment, the latest ag technologies, livestock demonstrations and a high-horsepower tractor pull, it’s no wonder the Western Farm Show ranks as one of the Midwest’s most popular indoor farm shows.

Now in its 54th year, the 2015 Western Farm Show will kick off Feb. 20-22 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. The 3-day event will once again feature over 500 exhibitors and more than 400,000 square feet of floor space all under one roof, showcasing a wide range of agricultural equipment, farm structures, crop production products, ag services and much more.

MFA, a major sponsor of the Western Farm Show, will have booths featuring precision agriculture equipment and services with plenty of expert staff on hand to answer questions.

MFA will again host Ronald Gill’s livestock handling demonstrations. The Texas AgriLife Extension specialists knowledge of cattle and safe handling practices is a favorite and can help cattle operations of any size. MFA sponsors the NCBA’s Stockmanship and Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Scott Pavilion adjacent to the American Royal Complex. Admission is free to all Western Farm Show attendees.

MFA’s cattle handling systems and other MFA farm supply products will be featured at the show. MFA’s Feed Division will have a display representing its full line of feed products with staff on hand explain how the range of feeds can fit on various farming operations. “Each year, the Western Farm Show offers attendees the opportunity to see the newest products and innovations in agriculture, and for ag businesses to meet face to face with farmers and ranchers from throughout America’s heartland,” said Ken Dean, Western Farm Show manager. “It’s that combination of agribusiness and fun, family-oriented attractions that has made the show such a long-running success.”

Highlights of the 2015 Western Farm Show will include:

• The Championship Tractor Pull, with Doug Roberts and the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. One of the nation’s top indoor tractor pulls, the competition is expected to draw 150 drivers and vehicles from throughout the Midwest with over $60,000 in prize money at stake. The event will be held Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 20-21, at Kemper Arena, adjacent to the American Royal. A separate admission is required.

• The Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Scott Pavilion adjacent to the American Royal Complex. The demonstrations, led by Ron Gill, Ph.D., Texas AgriLife Extension Specialist, focus on improving the well-being of beef and dairy cattle, as well as their handlers, through humane animal care.

• The Health & Safety Roundup, featuring interactive and educational health and safety exhibits for the whole family. Included will be free blood pressure and hearing tests, vision screening, including glaucoma, tetanus shots and, for a nominal fee, cholesterol screening. This exhibit will once again be coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau in co-operation with the American Heart Association, which will receive a donation from the Western Farm Show based on exhibitor fees for the third consecutive year.

• FFA Day, Friday, Feb. 20, when an expected 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas can learn about educational and career opportunities in agriculture to keep farming strong in the future. Students will also participate in the annual Food Drive “Border War” with collections to be donated to Harvesters Community Food Network serving western Missouri and eastern Kansas.

The Western Farm Show is owned and managed by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, formerly the SouthWestern Association.

Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.WesternFarmShow.com.

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