Farm Technology Days commemorative toy selling at a brisk pace

Farm Technology Days 2017 is still five months away, but planning continues to occupy a large chunk of time for Kewaunee County business and government leaders as the big days approach.

In her month report to the county Extension Education Committee, Agricultural Educator Aerica Bjurstrom notes that sales of the FTD farm toy for 2017 have reached about 350 and the toy is expected to be close to a sellout by the time the expo is staged at Ebert Enterprises on July 11-13.

The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.

This year’s limited-edition commemorative toy is a replica of a 1975-1985 Gehl 800 forage harvester. One thousand toys have been produced, and purchase details can be found at this link.

Entertainment for the event is mostly booked and fundraising continues, Bjurstrom notes in her report, which was submitted for the Extension Committee meeting set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Kewaunee County Administration Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.

Renee Koenig, family living educator at the UWEX office, also submitted a monthly activities report, noting that plans for the opening ceremony, stage entertainment and mercantile vendors are nearly complete and her attention over the next month is expected to be focused on filling at least 15 educational booths.

Farm Tech Days 2017 plans to have a presence at the Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show, which is scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, March 28-30, at the EAA Grounds south of Oshkosh.