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Consumers, small farms focus of 2024 WI Farm Technology Days

The host family for Wisconsin’s Farm Technology Days says it takes a lot of planning, but having the right neighbors helps. 

The Close Farm is operated by Jamie and Renee Close and their daughter Taren.  Renee Close tells Brownfield working with the Chippewa Valley Music Festivals, which is already set up for large crowds, parking, and traffic flow helps. “I think that the amount of fest grounds that they have with our land right next to it is probably the best-case scenario. A little less prep work than they’ve had to do at other Farm Technology Days, but there’s still a lot that goes into it.”

Most of Tent City will be on the festival grounds, with some on the Close Farm, and field demonstrations nearby.

Jamie Close says field demonstrations will focus on smaller hay handling equipment. “We chose to go that way. There’s still a lot of smaller farmers in the area and stuff. Some of the bigger equipment, a lot of people can’t afford it because it is getting so big, so yes, a little different direction, a lot of tillage, balers, wrappers, and stuff like that.”

The show will also feature drones, with several companies demonstrating what they can do.

Renee Close encourages families on and off the farm to attend Farm Technology Days. “Just watching the community come out, having them learn about the different technologies that are available in farming these days, how their crops are grown, just exploring the different things that we can do now that we couldn’t do ten years ago.”

Farm Technology Days runs August 13th, 14th, and 15th just north of Cadott, Wisconsin.

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