Farm Progress Show showcases the latest in agriculture business

The 2017 Farm Progress Show is taking place from August 29 to August 31 in Decatur, Illinois. (WRSP)

The Farm Progress Show has officially kicked off in Decatur.

More than 150,000 people are expected to be in attendance.

Farmers out there on Tuesday consider this show as the ‘Super Bowl’ for the agricultural business.

Farmers could be seen pouring into what's called the largest agricultural show in the nation.

“To see the new technologies, see if we can learn anything, see a lot of the products or equipment we already have and see if there's improvements,” Illinois farmer Roy Wendte said.

Decatur hosts the three-day long event every other year.

“It's right out your back door. So, there's no reason not to come,” Wendte said.

“Decatur is an epicenter for agriculture certainly if you look at corn and soybean production,” Farm Progress Show Vice President Don Tourte said.

Wendt, who has been in the business for more than three decades, always learns a lesson when at the show.

“You know there's always great strides in technology and equipment. So, to come see it all in one place that's a big advantage,” Wendte said.

On Wednesday, at Richland Community College, there’s a schedule listening session on the latest federal farm bill.

Several key lawmakers are expected to be in attendance and the event will start at 8:30 a.m.

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