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Farm Progress Show Chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce as Participant in the 2014 International Buyer Program

 

Boone, January 23, 2014 – Penton Farm Progress Group’s Farm Progress Show, the nation's largest outdoor farm show, has been selected to participate in the 2014 International Buyer Program (IBP). The 2014 show will be held at its permanent site in Boone, Iowa, August 26 - 28, 2014.


The IBP is an export program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. companies exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Twenty-six trade shows from a variety of industries and locations across the country are designated as IBP events for 2014.


"We are honored to be selected to be among this elite group of trade shows," said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager. "The IBP program will bring a new level of international attention to those companies who participate in the Farm Progress Show."


As countries around the globe look for ways to improve their agriculture productivity, the timing is perfect for the Farm Progress Show to become an IBP event. The goal of the IBP is to connect U.S. companies with overseas buyers to produce U.S. export sales. The IBP promotes their approved events to over 170 countries worldwide, to attract international buyers interested in the latest and most advanced agriculture technologies and products.


The IBP also will be offering unique matchmaking services at the Farm Progress Show, matching overseas buyers with U.S. exhibitors. U.S. exhibitors at the Farm Progress Show, through the IBP’s Showtime Program, will have excellent opportunities to meet with U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. State Department delegation leaders and export partners to discuss overseas market-entry strategies and potential markets and sales for their products/services.


For companies new to exporting or even more experienced exporters, seeking to export to additional target markets, the IBP offers export market advice and counseling. The IBP Team can also provide expert strategic advice and guidance to U.S. companies on which overseas trade show to participate in, what market entry strategies to use in their target markets, and how to locate and qualify overseas distributors and sales representatives.


"The U.S. Department of Commerce is committed to assisting U.S. companies at the Farm Progress Show establish export connections that lead to U.S. export sales. Behind every U.S. export, is a job, a family. That’s the heart of why we support U.S. domestic trade shows, like the Farm Progress Show. It doesn’t get any more important than that." Mark Wells, IBP project officer, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Plan to attend the show:
The 2014 Farm Progress Show takes place in Boone, Iowa, August 26, 27 and 28. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome. For more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com.


About the Farm Progress Show
Farm Progress Show, www.FarmProgressShow.com, the nation's largest outdoor farm event, annually hosts more than 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; and many additional farm supplies and services.


Producers from the U.S. and around the world attend this industry-leading annual agricultural event.


Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are exhibitors. Field demonstrations are a show mainstay. Each show day, field demos include side-by-side tillage techniques, GPS and precision equipment, and tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting. Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques. Additionally, the show features restored antique machinery, arts and crafts displays, horse training demonstrations and entertainment.
The show is an excellent learning opportunity for producers and includes a wide variety of marketing, management and production seminars.


The Farm Progress Show is a Penton Farm Progress event.


About Penton Farm Progress
Penton Farm Progress, www.PentonFarmProgress.com, is the largest most diversified agriculture information business in North America. Through a robust network of live events, digital products, data, marketing services, broadcasting and publications, Penton/Farm Progress is connected to nearly all of the nation's most economically significant farmers, growers and ranchers. This comprises nearly 75% of the 2.2 million farms and ranches in the U.S., and an estimated 85% of the nation's annual agricultural gross domestic product.


Penton Farm Progress is a Penton business.


About Penton

For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. We then activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth.

Learn more about our company at www.penton.com.




Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:


Matt Jungman
National Events Manager
Farm Progress
309.586.5888
matt.jungman@penton.com

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