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Power Show Ohio coming to Columbus on Thursday

A conversation with…Dennis Alford, Power Show Ohio manager

OCJ: There will be some significant changes for Power Show Ohio this year, including the days. What are the dates and why have they been changed?

Dennis: This year’s show begins on Thursday, Jan. 29, and continues Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The change in days comes in answer to exhibitor requests and a post-show survey indicating the exhibitors desire to reserve Sundays for family and church. Holding the show Thursday, Friday and Saturday still provides a day for those that work Monday through Friday. Thursday will provide an extra day for those that attend the show as a part of their job.

 

OCJ: What are some of the popular highlights on the different days of the show?

Dennis: In the Celeste Center, the educational seminars are scheduled for all three days and the Ohio Proud Store is open each day. The National Kiddie Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday in the Bricker Building.

 

OCJ: There are some layout changes as well this year. What can visitors expect to find at this year’s event?

Dennis: It was decided to start with a blank sheet of paper for the exhibit layout. By making the aisles narrower and making more efficient use of the exhibit floor, I was able to fit the same amount of exhibit space that we were using in three building into two buildings. So we now have 212,000 square feet of exhibit space in two buildings, the Bricker Building and the Celeste Center. Having all exhibits in two buildings that are in close proximity to each other will reduce the amount of walking for attendees allowing them more time to talk with exhibitors.

 

OCJ: What is unique about Power Show Ohio that visitors cannot find anywhere else?

Dennis: Power Show Ohio is not like any other equipment show. Power Show Ohio brings together, all in one place, three segments of the power equipment industry — agriculture, construction and outdoor power equipment. Power Show Ohio features over 500 brands of equipment, including tractors, skid steer loaders, commercial mowing equipment, all terrain vehicles, grain handling, fencing, hay equipment, buildings, backhoes, firewood equipment, compact tractors, livestock equipment and a number of lifestyle items.

 

OCJ: What are some of the featured events and seminars at this year’s show?

Dennis: In addition to the hundreds of displays of power equipment, we will have educational seminars all three days. The seminars will take place in the Celeste Center. This year’s seminar lineup has several sessions on the ag economy. Topics include the farm bill, crop program decisions and grain marketing. Also in the Celeste Center there will be an area featuring Ohio Proud products. There will be samples and product available for purchase. And of course the National Kiddie Tractor Pull will take place on Saturday. A full day of pulling will take place in the Bricker Building.

 

OCJ: What is your favorite part of the show?

Dennis: I like seeing the show come together during the set-up days. It is really something to go from an empty concrete floor on Monday morning to two jam-packed buildings by Wednesday night. Our crew first has to mark the floor, so the exhibitors know where their booth is, and then a flood of equipment comes in and is put into place. Exhibitors then clean and polish using barrels of cleaner and piles of towels. At the end of three days everything is show ready. It is quite the process.

 

OCJ: What change are you particularly excited about for the 2015 show?

Dennis: The new floor plans are most exciting to me. This change has allowed us to accommodate many requests that exhibitors have been making for a long time. Some exhibitors have wanted to move next to each other and some have needed more space. With the new layout, many of those requests have been fulfilled.

 

2015 Power Show Ohio Educational Seminars

 

Thursday

Insulation solutions for your pole barn or shop with Jack Kerr, Agri-Com Insulation (11:00)

How to choose the right insulation package for your new or existing building. We will be discussing open and closed cell spray foam, fiberglass and new alternatives, including spray on SATAC insulation.

 

Making the farm bill commodity title decisions with Chris Bruynis, Assistant Professor & Extension Educator, County Extension Director, OSU Extension, Ross County (12:00)

Farmers and landowners need to make three critical decisions concerning their participation in the 2014 Farm Bill commodity programs. This presentation will briefly outline these decisions, provide data that will be useful in making these decisions, and use some real farms in showing the different decision projected outcomes. The session will include a Q&A to answer many of your questions.

 

Questions you should be asking yourself about your crop program decisions with Carl Zulauf, Professor, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University (1:00)

Understanding the questions one should ask is always important. It is hard to get to the best answer if the question is wrong; but questions are even more important when uncertainty is sizable, such as with the program choice decision. This seminar will discuss a list of questions producers should consider asking themselves as they make the program yield update, base acre reallocation, and program choice decisions.

 

Friday

Pipeline development briefing with Dale Arnold, OFBF Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy (10:00)

From local service lines to interstate systems, Ohioans will see close to 38,000 miles of pipeline development over the next decade. Dale will discuss what landowners should consider in negotiating effective easement agreements with energy service providers. Energy market trends, pipeline construction and remediation standards, farmland preservation, eminent domain, government agency jurisdiction and selecting effective legal counsel will be explored during this fast paced briefing

 

Using cover crops to improve soil health with James J. Hoorman, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension, Putnam County AGNR Extension Educator (11:00)

Cover crops offer many benefits to farmers including improved soil structure, better water infiltration, and less water and nutrient runoff. Cover crop roots feed the soil microbes and vice versawhich increases nutrient efficiency by recycling soil nutrients. The healthier the soil microbial population, the more “soluble bags” of fertilizer there are to fertilize your next crop.

 

7 Things to Know About Drainage Law with Leah Curtis, Director of Agricultural Law, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (12:00)

This discussion will give basics of drainage law in the state of Ohio. A brief overview will be provided of areas such as the reasonable use rule for surface water, the petition ditch process, and private drainage agreements.

 

Grain marketing seminar with Matt Roberts, Associate Professor, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, The Ohio State University (1:00)

Matt shares his outlook on the grain markets and tips on using the tools the market gives you to realize a profit in 2015.

 

Saturday

Pipeline development briefing with Dale Arnold, OFBF Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy (10:00)

From local service lines to interstate systems, Ohioans will see close to 38,000 miles of pipeline development over the next decade. Dale will discuss what landowners should consider in negotiating effective easement agreements. Energy market trends, pipeline construction and remediation standards, farmland preservation, eminent domain, government agency jurisdiction and selecting effective legal counsel will be explored during this fast paced briefing

 

Landowner liability with Amy M. Milam, Director of Legal Education, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (11:00)

This program is an overview of liability considerations for landowners and the legal duties owed to visitors who enter the landowner’s property for various purposes, such as business, social, recreation, and even trespassing.

 

Making the farm bill commodity title decisions with Chris Bruynis, Assistant Professor & Extension Educator, County Extension Director, OSU Extension, Ross County (12:00)

Farmers and landowners need to make three critical decisions concerning their participation in the 2014 Farm Bill commodity programs. This presentation will briefly outline these decisions, provide data that will be useful in making these decisions, and use some real farms in showing the different decision projected outcomes. The session will include a Q&A to answer many of your questions.

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