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Hosts announced for Farm Technology Days in 2014


PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- One Portage County farmer gathers milk from his rows of cows. Another harvests crops from rows of farmland. Together -- they'll be hosting Farm Technology Days in 2014.

Responsibility for hosting the three day event will be split between Blue Top Farms and Feltz Family Farms.

"We're very excited to be the co-hosts for farm technology days," said Ken Feltz. 

"I think it's a great opportunity," said Jared Feltz. "We've went to shows before and saw what it takes to put a show like this together and to have the opportunity to do it here, I think it's great."

Organizers said the 2014 showcase will cover a wide range of agricultural topics -- mirroring Portage County's diverse farm economy.

"I think our area is very unique with the vegetables we have and grow in our county," said Peter Zakrzewski. "Not only just for other farmers to see what's going on but for normal people to see how their food is grown."

The event typically brings more than 60,000 visitors from out of town -- something that could help boost the local economy.

"Many of the exhibitors coming into town need tools and supplies so they'll be going out to the local hardware stores and merchants to buy those," said Sara Brish, who is the chair for the Farm Technology Days 2014 executive committee.

There are more than 1,000 farms in Portage County, which leads the state in growing potatoes, snap beans and sweet corn. But as with any other market, there are ups and downs.

"We saw a high of $22 for milk this year but then two years ago we saw a low of $9 so we're really on a big roller coaster," said Ken.

"You can put all the right stuff down and do all the right things but if you get a hailstorm two days before they're supposed to come pick them, that's just the way it is," said Peter.

With just more than two and a half years to get ready, the farmers said they have a bit of preparing to do.

"Well, we're going to have to clean our farm," said Ken.

But they said they're excited for the opportunity to show the state what Portage County has to offer.

The last time Farm Technology Days was in Portage County was thirty years ago in 1982.

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