Local Family Selected Host For Farm Technology Days

1/28/17 – The host family has been selected for the 2019 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Walter Grain Farms was chosen by the Jefferson County Farm Technology Days Executive Committee. The farm, owned by Mike and Sarah Walter, is located in northwest Jefferson County in the Grellton area of the Town of Milford. The couple and their family grows corn, soybeans, winter wheat and some alfalfa on over 6000 acres. There is one full-time employee and four seasonal employees. Soil types, land suitability, location, available acreage and cropping plans were among the factors considered by the committee in making their decision. Farm Tech Days, which was initially called Farm Progress Days, began as a plowing contest in 1954. It was soon developed to demonstrate improvements for rural life and ways to mechanize the hard manual work that was common then. The three-day event now showcases agriculture along with the newest innovations in technology for growing and producing food. Visitors will include both large and small farmers, individuals from agribusiness, families and those interested or curious in wanting to learn more about agriculture. Dane County hosted in 2015 and Walworth County did last year. Kewanee County will host in 2017 and Wood County in 2018. The last time Farm Tech Days was in Dodge County was in 2009. This will be the third time that Jefferson County has hosted the event. Craig and Laura Beane combined farms with Bill and Jan Ward to host in 1956. Bernard and Beverly Walter, who are the parents of the 2019 hosts, provided the site in 1984. By hosting in 2019, the Walter family joins a small group of farm families who are able to host multiple times. Counties are selected three years in advance to allow for planning. Organizing the show will involve nearly 20 operating committees with chairs, co-chairs and members numbering in the hundreds. It is expected that nearly 1500 volunteers will be involved during the show itself. It is expected that 40,000 or more people will attend. Studies conducted by UW River Falls have projected an economic impact of $1.2-million-to-$1.5 million for the show and the three years leading up to it. Farm Tech Days will be held at Walter Grain Farms in Jefferson County July 23rd-through-the-25th in 2019.