Kentucky Venues announced the 56th annual National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) and 53rd annual Championship Tractor Pull would shift the scheduled 2021 dates from February to March 31-April 3. The National Farm Machinery Show is held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center and is the largest indoor farm show in the country, featuring 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. The show is a key player in the agriculture industry, featuring the most comprehensive display of equipment, services and technology. Top brands unveil the latest models of tractors, combines and technological advances each year. “We know how important this show is to the global agricultural community and with vaccines on the horizon, moving the National Farm Machinery Show allows more time to deliver a safe event. Our new registration process will allow people to reserve for specific days while maintaining a safe attendance cap during all show hours,” said President and CEO of Kentucky Venues David S. Beck. “After the success of our other events and earning accreditation from the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association for our sanitization and outbreak prevention procedures, we feel confident in our ability to safely produce this crucial event.” NFMS has enacted new procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Thosemeasuresinclude: • Every attendee will be required to register for the show, submitting their name and contact information for contact tracing and attendance management. Capacity will be capped to allow for 36 square feet of space per person at any given time. • The trade show will be conducted in a hybrid model to allow for both in-person and virtual attendance. • Facial coverings will be required for everyone in attendance. • Increased hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available throughout the property. The Championship Tractor Pull shows will be live-streamed and in-person attendance will be capped at 33%, which is 7,000 people. Only half of the rows in Freedom Hall will be available, with closed rows marked to prevent attendees from sitting in them. Additionally, closed seats will be placed between all parties to allow for social distancing. The Pit in Broadbent Arena will be closed to the public.

A new solar energy system is expected to provide both economic and environmental benefits at AGCO’s facility in Assumption, Illinois, generating approximately 20% of its power requirements.

Located on an 8-acre site adjacent to the plant, which manufactures GSI grain storage and conditioning equipment, the solar project was designed and constructed https://www.aga-parts.com/hitachi-construction/ by SolAmerica Energy. It is a ground-mounted system that rotates to track the sun throughout the day, maximizing electricity production.

The power generated — targeted at 3.2 million kilowatt hours for the first year — is expected to produce substantial savings compared to the facility’s current energy costs. Besides the economic benefit, the project also offers an environmentally friendly source of clean, renewable energy.

“We’re very proud to support the adoption of solar energy on this large-scale basis, which will contribute to the global effort to help protect our climate,” said Hans Lehmann, Vice President, Americas, AGCO Grain & Protein. “This project also supports AGCO’s ongoing commitment to provide sustainable, high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world.”

“SolAmerica has been honored to work with AGCO on this exciting project,” stated John Buffington, vice president of Business Development for SolAmerica. “AGCO approached SolAmerica with a view that going solar could add value to their GSI business while supporting the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability in a tangible way. We applaud AGCO for this vision.”

Buffington said an added benefit of the project is that the site area has been planted with wildflowers and native grasses intended to provide habitat to pollinating species, which offer critical ecological and agricultural benefits.

The AGCO solar energy system was developed under the Illinois Shines initiative, a state incentive program designed to promote the development of new solar energy sources in Illinois. Foradditionalinformationabout GSI, visit grainsystems.com.

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