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The annual KMOT Ag Expo, held in Minot, N.D., is billed as the largest indoor ag show in the Upper Midwest. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek.)

Minot's Ag Expo returns, a week later than usual

What's billed as the Upper Midwest's largest indoor farm show returns to Minot, N.D., on Jan. 30-Feb. 1, a week later than usual.

The annual KMOT Ag Expo, held at the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot, is expected to draw 30,000 to 40,000 people. Most will come from the Upper Midwest but some will be from elsewhere in the United States and from southern Canada, where farmers generally raise the same crops as their peers south of the border.

This year's Ag Expo is being held a week later than normal to avoid conflict with a big Canadian farm show.

Ag Expo doors open at 9 a.m. all three days and close at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31, and at 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

Admittance and parking are free as well as the living ag classroom — an Ag Expo staple — and a number of seminars. The expo will feature more than 350 exhibitors in more than 1,000 booths that promote agricultural products and services.

Organizers say that, because there's so much to see, attendees frequently come for two of the show's three days.

Securing hotel rooms in Minot during the ag expo has become easier in recent years because of new hotel construction, but organizers still recommend reserving rooms in advance.

Agweek will again have a booth at the Ag Expo. Katie Pinke, Agweek publisher and general manager, and Jonathan Knutson, Agweek staff writer, will attend and be available at the Agweek booth.

Knutson will cover the event. His mood-of-the-show article written on the show's first day will appear Jan. 30 on www.agweek.com and in the magazine's Feb. 4 print issue. Contact him in advance of the Ag Expo at jknutson@agweek.com with story suggestions or to arrange a visit at the event.

Find more information on the KMOT Ag Expo at https://kmotagexpo.com.

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