Farm Show wraps 55th year

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The 55th annual Colusa County Farm Show came to a close on Thursday.

The annual exposition put Northern California’s agriculture industry on center stage during its three-day run.

About 350 vendors showcased advancements and innovations in the agriculture industry, including the latest in harvest-smart equipment from industry giants like John Deere, Case International, New Holland, and Caterpillar, among others.

For 55 years, the Colusa Farm Show has meant one-stop shopping for all farm services.
“It’s great to be able to come to a trade show where you can see all of it in one day,” said Andrew Bradford, of Fairfield. “The vendors at the Colusa Show are great to explain all the new technology. It’s pretty hard to leave this show not knowing just about everything about everything.”

Although gate attendance was not kept at the free exposition, good weather all three days allowed for a steady stream of visitors. An estimated 20,000 people browsed through indoor and outdoor exhibits, with vendors from mostly the service industries handing out candy, snacks, and promotional bling.

“We came for the free stuff,” joked Princeton farmer, Gary Hansen, a member of the Willows City Council.

Assemblyman James Gallagher gave the keynote address at the annual Colusa Farm Show Rabo AgriFinance Breakfast.

Hosted by alumni of the California State University, Chico College of Agriculture, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and Alpha Gamma Rho, the event has raised about $500,000 for scholarships and leadership programs in its 18-year history.

This year’s Colusa Farm Show also saw the return of free seminars.

Former Congressional candidate Debbie Bacigalupi, a Northern California cattle rancher, gave presentations all three days of the Farm Show on how government climate watchdogs and extreme environmental policies are harming rural communities by pushing an action agenda around the world aimed at achieving sustainable development by depopulating rural areas and replacing them with “eco-cities.”

The action plan, United Nation’s 1992 Agenda 21, has been rebranded as Agenda 2030 or the Green New Deal.

“Most people do not want to talk about Agenda 21, including (Rep.) Nancy Pelosi,” said Bacigalupi, who confronted the Congresswoman recently in Europe. “And it was Nancy’s baby back in 1992.”

The 44th District Agricultural Association sponsored the Colusa Farm Show.

The 56th exposition will be held Feb. 2-4, 2021. ■

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