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Ag expo drawing people from across the northwest, Manitoba, U.S.

The Northwest International Ag Expo will take place in Emo in July

Emo is set to welcome 150 agricultural stakeholders in late July for the Northwest International Ag Expo.

Scheduled to take place July 25-27, the one-time event is designed to bring together primary producers, agri-businesses, specialists and stakeholders from northwestern Ontario, eastern Manitoba, and northern Minnesota to build partnerships and encourage collaboration across the agricultural community in those regions.

It's an initiative of the Northwestern Soil & Crop Improvement Association, in partnership with representatives from the University of Manitoba, the University of Minnesota, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agribusiness, the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA), and the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association.

Chosen for its proximity to the U.S. border and its equidistance between Thunder Bay and Manitoba, Emo is emerging as a growing agricultural sector, particularly as more land has been cleared for cereal-growing in the region, according to NOFIA.

Featured activities include guest speakers, a live soil compaction demonstration, an exhibitor showcase, equipment displays, and networking opportunities.

The event will kick off on Thursday evening with a barbecue and open house at the Ontario Crops Research Centre.

On Friday, presentation topics will range from strategic forage management to livestock handling equipment, exploring tillage and no-till options to weed management.

There will also be an interactive soil compaction demonstration followed by an evening social.

Throughout the day on Saturday, participants will tour around the Rainy River District to visit producers in the area.

More details about the expo, as well as registration information, are available here.