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Successful Day for Farm Tech Opener
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/12/2017

The opening ceremonies of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days were mixed with excitement and emotion on Tuesday. The day's festivities kicked off with remarks by State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel and Governor Scott Walker, who both praised the Ebert Family's willingness to open their farm to thousands of visitors who came to learn about the latest innovations in the industry.

"Farming employs over 415,000 people in our state," Walker said. "Our state flag includes a plow, which represents hard work. We thank the Eberts and all of our farmers for what they do each day."

County Ag Agent Aerica Bjurstrom, who serves as the executive secretary of the local FTD committee, said planning for the three-day event was more than three years in the making.

"When the idea of doing this was first discussed, we came to realize that agriculture is a half-billion dollar industry here in Kewaunee County, and yet we never hosted Farm Technology Days before," Bjurstrom said. "After a lot of hard work, we now have 1,850 volunteers and all of you here today to thank for making this day possible."

The family also paid tribute to the Eberts' late-daughter, Britney, by releasing butterflies in the sky. She was only 19 when she passed away on May 12, 2016 after living most of her life with special needs.

"Britney would have loved to be here to go on the Gator rides and see all the horses," her twin sister Whitney said. "She will always be with us just as she is with us now."

Her brother Jordan went on to praise their parents, Randy and Renee, where he thanked them for being a positive example by working hard and making every day count.

"Hosting Farm Technology Days is something we will only do once in our lives, and we will give it everything they got," he said.

By the day's end, Tent City Coordinator Anna Maenner told Wisconsin Ag Connection that exhibitors were pleased with the crowds, which appeared to be above average for day number one. She added that traffic going into the grounds went smoothly and that the breeze coming off Lake Michigan provided just enough relief from the sunny and warm conditions.

Meanwhile, Wednesday promises to be another eventful day for attendees. More farm tours of Ebert Enterprises will be held throughout the day. The Family Living Tent will include music and entertainment by Bobby Rivers and the Kewaunee County Star Search Champions. Chris Cox, who is one of the nation's leading horsemen and clinicians, will be in the Equine Tent to demonstrate his proven style and techniques that can be applied to horses. And the Heritage Tractor area will be holding demonstrations of old-time threshing and corn harvesting.

Farm Technology Days runs from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. today and Thursday.

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