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Governor helps kick off Farm Technology Days

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PLOVER, Wis. (WSAU) -- Governor Scott Walker was one several speakers kicking off Farm Technology Days in Portage County Tuesday. The Governor issued a proclamation for the event, and spoke to the crowd briefly during the opening ceremony.

He did have to get through a short power outage without the public address system, but laughed and used his “outside voice.”

Walker emphasized how agriculture is not just a job, but a way of life that has a huge economic impact on the state.

The three day show at the Feltz Farms and Blue Top Farms is the largest agricultural show in the state, and has been held in different counties since the old Farm Progress Days began in 1954.

Over 600 vendors offer a wide variety of agricultural products and services used in today's dairy, livestock, and crop production systems. This year focuses on improving vegetable production and demonstrate the influence unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can play in the agriculture industry.

Blue Top Farms and Feltz Family Farms are hosting this year’s show. Blue Top Farms, family owned by the Zakrzewski family since 1958, farms over 1,000 acres of land and harvests corn, soybeans, and green beans. Feltz Family Farms, owned and operated by Ken and Jackie Feltz, maintains nearly 500 head of dairy cattle.

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