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Autonomous technology coming to FPS

An exhibit being set up at the Farm Progress Show grounds this week / CIFN photo.

DECATUR – The ag world comes to Decatur next week during the annual Farm Progress Show, which showcases the biggest and best in the industry.

Visitors from almost every state and several different countries will enjoy product unveilings, giveaways and field demonstrations at the show site near Richland Community College.

“There is a lot happening here invisibly and physically,” said Farm Progress senior vice-president of sales and events Don Tourte during the media preview.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to be at the show along with several state agriculture directors and congressmen. Also, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will make an appearance.

It may be a tough year for agriculture, but that won’t stop exhibitors from showcasing new products and technology. Attendees will have plenty of chances to enjoy ride and drive experiences and some new buildings have emerged on the show grounds thanks to mergers in the industry.

“When we are gone for two years, there’s a lot of change in agriculture,” explained Matt Jungmann, national events manager for Farm Progress.

Autonomous machines will run as part of the harvest demonstrations as companies compete head to head for the audience’s attention. Kubota is expected to debut a large tractor and the company is even offering a show pass at a discounted rate for a complete VIP experience.

Wyffels Hybrids is expected to announce a partnership with an organization which builds houses for veterans and there will be more tractor unveilings than ever before says Jungmann.

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