BOONE, Iowa -- The 2008 Farm Progress Show, scheduled for Aug. 26, 27 and 28, will be held on a new, permanent biennial site east of Boone, Iowa.



This long-term facility for the nation's largest outdoor farm show will be developed on nearly 600 acres at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 17. Extensive site construction will begin this spring and is scheduled to be completed for the 2008 show.



The show will be held every other year on this site, with alternate years at its other permanent biennial facility in Decatur, Ill.



"We are very excited to establish the nation's greatest ag showcase in central Iowa and make this site a permanent biennial Farm Progress Show location," said Don Tourte, Farm Progress national sales and events director.



The central Iowa location offers show visitors and exhibitors many advantages, including close proximity to major four-lane and interstate highways, access to a wide range of hotels and restaurants, and Iowa State University is located a few miles away in Ames.



In 2005, the Farm Progress Show hosted its first Illinois/Indiana show at its permanent biennial Decatur, Ill., show site.

The 2007 Farm Progress Show will be held Aug. 28, 29 and 30 in Decatur. This year's show marks the 54th annual event. More information is online at www.FarmProgressShow.com.



"The Farm Progress Show was moved to two developed permanent biennial sites to reduce the risk of weather-related cancellations, offer enhanced facilities, provide additional programming, and create a familiar experience for both visitors and exhibitors," said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress show manager.



The show features the most extensive state-of-the art information and technology available for today's agricultural producers. The country's top agribusinesses, regional and local manufacturers and suppliers, are regular exhibitors. Farmers and ranchers from across North America and around the world visit the show.



The show hosted President George W. Bush in 2004; Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns attended in 2005; and Undersecretary of Rural Development Tom Dorr visited in 2005 and 2006.



The Farm Progress Show is owned by Farm Progress Companies Inc., the nation's largest agricultural media company. The company's business operations include 23 magazines that mass nearly 1 million rural subscribers; farm shows; Web sites; custom publishing services and database services.



SOURCE: Farm Progress Companies Inc.