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On February 14-16, 2023, I attended the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. This was my second year attending, so it was a little less overwhelming, but still daunting. I definitely smashed my daily steps each day! It is very difficult to explain the sheer size of the event, so I'll impress upon you some of the numbers instead...
I was super excited for Day 2, where the field day included a tour of the new Wonderful Citrus dedicated packhouse for Halos Mandarins. The operation was very impressive and, again, the numbers do the "talking":
After the Wonderful Citrus tour, we toured a cattle feed plant. Although it wasn’t as relevant to our industry, the scale was immense and there was one very "dominant" addition that stood out. They had recently installed 2 enormous silos, which hold raw corn sourced from the Midwest of the USA - each silo holds 20,000 tons of raw corn. That is 40,000,000 lbs (18,143,695 kgs). They were HUGE!!
I don’t have any official numbers, but a *LOT* of meat was consumed over the 3 days by hungry attendees. The rib eye sandwich and pulled pork sandwich were the clear favourites!
All in all, it was a great experience again, getting to see the trends in the ag/hort industry and what farmers care about all in one giant place, over three (exhausting!) days!