May 13, 2011, Simcoe, Ont. — More than 180 leading agriculture companies have signed up to be a part of the first-ever Canada’s Fruit & Veg Tech X-Change, a showcase of the best technology, equipment and products available to growers today.
From Sept. 1-3, this outdoor horticulture trade show will bring together producers from across the province and beyond to a spectacular 200-acre venue on the shore of Lake Erie near Simcoe, Ont. A wide range of exhibitors serving the row crop, tobacco, orchard, vineyard and greenhouse sectors have already started planning for this one-of-a kind event.
“We know September can be a busy time for producers depending on the season, but progressive producers will make the time to come,” said Jordon Underhill, founder and general manager of the X-Change. “The leaders in the industry have answered with tremendous support and will display and demonstrate the latest technology and products on the market.”
The show’s first two days will focus on professional development and networking workshops exclusively for producers. Friday’s events will wrap up with a “Pride in Growing” dinner and dance.
On Saturday, the X-Change will welcome more commercial-sized producers and the growing segment of “weekend farmers.” There will be a massive Ontario-grown farmers market, live equipment auction and exciting educational events, including the 4-H Ontario Passport Challenge.
Watch top farm equipment manufacturers as they go head-to-head in a demonstration of their side-by-side utility vehicles. For growers, it’s a chance to check out all the specialized equipment they need, in action, all in one location.
For growers interested in green technology, there’s the Sun Harvest X-PO, a special showcase within the trade show that will feature over 20 solar power providers showing their panel technology live, in operation.
There’s also the Destination X-Change program – a special VIP treatment for producers from the Leamington, Niagara and Holland Marsh regions. Eligible producers will get a complimentary coach ride to the X-Change, subsidized admission and a fresh local foods lunch.