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In a joint announcement on the show floor of the 52nd annual National Farm Machinery Show, the Kentucky State Fair Board and Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced that the two organizations have a verbal agreement on a future collaboration.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)will assist with management and co-production of the National Farm Machinery Show, (NFMS), the largest indoor farm show in the U.S., the organizations said.

The verbal agreement was announced during the 52nd annual show by Kentucky State Fair Board CEO Jason Rittenberry and AEM President Dennis Slater. Beginning with the 2018 show, AEM will assist with management and co-production of the show and have an equity position in the future growth of the show.

“Every year, hundreds of exhibitors are wait-listed for America’s largest indoor farm show,” Rittenberry said.  “This partnership will bring new opportunities for current and future exhibitors, and expand the experience for our attendees.”

“This is a first step in a partnership that will benefit all the stakeholders in the National Farm Machinery Show and the Ag industry,” Slater said. “AEM’s commitment to its core services like public policy and our success in leading tradeshows

naturally lends itself to our new partnership with the Kentucky Fair Board and the National Farm Machinery Show.”

The NFMS is designed to bring manufacturers and their customers face-to-face to connect, talk shop, share ideas and join voices on the issues that affect everyone in the agriculture industry. Slater noted that this endeavor will allow more facets of the Ag industry to more easily work together to advance and strengthen the agriculture sector for the benefit of all.

The National Farm Machinery Show is held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and attracts 300,000 attendees.

 

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