Farm Technology Days

Farm Technology Days is hosted in a different Wisconsin county every year, but this will be the first time it will be in Chippewa County since the 1960s. Formerly known as Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, the event will be at the Hilger Farm near Bloomer from September 21 through September 23.

"Our farm alone puts about $1.2 million of inputs we purchase every year back into the economy within ten miles of where we live here," said Steve Hilger, who runs the host farm.

Community benefits are what Farm Technology Days is all about. It helps other farmers and the public learn about advances in food safety, increasing productivity, and environmentally-friendly operations.

Organizers expect some 75,000 people to show up, weather permitting. Though there is only one main thoroughfare leading to the farm, they don't expect traffic to be a problem.

"Two lanes of traffic come into the show, and (we have) about a hundred acres to park cars," said Parking Chair Tom Clark.

"I think we can get it done."

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department will patrol the event. Still, Steve Hilger said he didn't think security would be an issue at the event.

"I don't know if anybody has a need to disrupt a farm show."

Along with the crowd of people expected to attend the show, nearly 6,000 volunteers are also supposed to be there. About 600 of them are from Chippewa County.

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