Barron County puts the “Technology” in Farm Technology Days

By: Olga Michail Email
By: Olga Michail Email

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Barron County is proving "technology" is the key for this year's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

“I think we're pushing the envelope on a number of technologies and innovations that other shows have not been able to do,” said Executive Secretary of Farm Technology Days 2013 Tim Jergenson.

Barron County spent nearly 35-thousand dollar on infrastructure, electricity and even a mini-cell phone tower. Event organizers say this year's Farm Technology Days will be one of the most advanced in years.

“For the show itself we want to again to support the venders out here, so they can have e-commerce capability to be able to show, give information to their customers that come out here to the show,” said Preston Pearson co-chair of utilities committee.

Workers will wire Breeze Hill Dairy Farm’s 80 acre field with nearly two miles of fiber optic cable, providing reliable internet services for exhibitors and visitors.

“There are a lot of wireless access points for the wireless services, no different than the Wi-Fi that you see in your homes, it's just going to be able to handle a lot more traffic,” said Pearson.

“We have a very robust system that has been installed and not very many 80-acre farm fields are fully wired for internet in Wisconsin” said Jergenson, “the exhibitors might use internet to call in videos, maybe YouTube videos that are posted out; and the website that maybe introducing new software that's available to download through our internet services."

Crews say the installations usually take close to two months, but with all the extra efforts it will only take three weeks to finish the job.

“Weather has delayed our ability to install some of the technology that we want; it delayed the installation of some of the fiber optic cables and the electrical lines,” added Jergenson.

He also says it will be a long busy weekend for volunteers and utility crews but they expect to be back on track next week.

It kicks off July 9.

For more information on the 2013 Farm Technology days click here.

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