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Welcome to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2014!
August 12-14, 2014

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Each year, it is held in a different Wisconsin county - on a different host family farm.

Portage County is excited to be hosting the 2014 Farm Technology Days! Portage County has diverse agriculture which provides 5,600 jobs, about thirteen percent of the county’s workforce and contributes $1.11 billion in economic activity, more than eighteen percent of the county’s economic activity. The county has more than 1000 farms and 280,000 acres in agricultural production. It is the leading Wisconsin county in production of potatoes, processed snap beans and sweet corn. It is second in green pea production. Portage County has 12,900 cows which produce 27 million gallons of milk annually, 3,700 head of beef cattle and 5,000 hogs. The value of its grain production is $16.3 million and cranberry production of $8.8 million.

Mark your calendars and do not miss this exceptional event!


Meet Our Host Family -- Blue Top Farms and Feltz Family Farms
Plover, Wisconsin

Blue Top Farms and Feltz Family Farms are located east of Plover, south of Highway HH. Additional land, being used for field demonstrations, is being made possible through neighboring growers; Myron Soik and Sons, Inc. and Greg Kizewski and Sons, Inc.

Blue Top Farms started in 1958 as a partnership between Jim & Delores Zakrzewski and Emeryck & Irene Zakrzewski. Initially 160 acres of land was purchased for the production of hogs, but by the mid 1970's production was switched from hogs to beef. The beef operation continued to expand through the years, with beef numbers reaching as high as 2000 head. In 1997 beef production land was sold, and is now part of the Portage County Business Park. With cattle gone, production became focused on producing grains & vegetables. Today, Blue Top Farms is comprised of 1200 acres, located throughout Portage County, of which 1000 acres are irrigated. Crops include field corn, soybeans, green beans and sweet corn. Farm operations are carried out by Jim and Delores' son, Peter Zakrzewski, and son-in-law, Michael Hintz, with continued input from Jim & Delores Zakrzewski.

Feltz Family Farms is owned and operated by Ken and Jackie Feltz since 1995. The 4th generation farm was established by Ken’s great grandfather, Peter Feltz after his family immigrated from Poland. The farm continued operation under the direction of Ken’s grandfather, Joe Feltz and later his father, George Feltz. Their son Jared, who recently graduated from River Falls, will carry the farm into the fifth generation. Through the years green beans, sweet corn, and peas have been grown on the farm. Since 1995 the focus has been on dairy cattle. High priority is placed on cow comfort to ensure quality milk and top production. Through different phases of improvements and expansion the farm has grown to its current form. The 500 cow dairy employs 11 full time employees. The 500 owned and rented acres of land grow alfalfa and corn silage for the cattle.

The 2014 hosts are excited to showcase their facilities and are honored to represent Portage County at the August 12-14, 2014 event.

LATEST NEWS

Pioneer Woman Award Seeking Nominees - The Family Living Committee of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Inc. - Portage County is seeking nominations for the Pioneer Woman Award, to recognize and honor outstanding women in agriculture. Click here to learn more.

Family Mercantile Application Deadline Extended – Apply today for booth space in the Family Mercantile tent at our 2014 show! Click here to learn more.

Farm Technology Days Online Store Now Open – The 2000 Self Propelled Airhead Potato Harvester has been selected as the toy collectible to commemorate the event is now available for sale. The collectible is a 1:42 scale die cast metal toy, sold exclusively for Portage County Farm Technology Days. The online store also offers a commemorative 16-month calendar featuring stunning photos of over 50 rural Wisconsin barns.
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Portage County Farm Technology Days featured on ‘Portage County Matters’ – In Episode 31 of "Portage County Matters," produced by Portage County Executive Patty Dreier and Stevens Point Community TV, special guests Ken Schroeder and Sara Brish discussing Farm Technology Days 2014, which will be hosted in Portage County. To View the Episode
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Seeking Youth Tent Interactive Educational Displays - The Youth Committee of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Inc – Portage County, invites you to apply for space in and around the Youth Tent during the 2014 show.
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Seeking Booth Exhibitors for the Family Mercantile Tent - The Family Living Committee of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Inc. - Portage County, invites you to apply for booth space in the Family Mercantile tent at our 2014 show.
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2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
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2014 Portage County Farm Technology Days - Pioneer Women In Agriculture
Nomination Form
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Brownfield Ag Interview with Bob Meyer and Sara Brish
April 11, 2013
In 2014 Portage County will be holding the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which is hosted by a different County each year. This event will be taking place the second week in August.
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2014 WISCONSIN FARM TECHNOLOGY DAYS SEEKING PARTNERS
February 5, 2013
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is coming to Portage County in August of 2014 and is seeking local businesses to be a part of the experience as event sponsors.
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Portage County Farm Technology Days Is Seeking Non-Profit Organizations To Work The Food Tents
February 5, 2013
Portage County Farm Technology Days is seeking non-profit organizations to work the food tents during the show August 12-14, 2014. Participating organizations will share in the profits from the show’s food and beverage tents and may use the event to help raise funds for trips, scholarships and more.
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Host Farms Announced For 2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
January 9, 2012
The host farms for the 2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, being held in Portage County, were announced today. Ken Schroeder, Farm Technology Days Executive Committee Secretary introduced Blue Top Farms and Feltz Family Farms as the joint host farms for the statewide event in 2014..
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Portage County Selected as the 2014 Host County for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
April 15, 2011
During the April 13, 2011 meeting the WFTD Board of Directors, Portage County was selected as the host county the 2014 show. The selection is based on the agriculture in the county, support from within the county, accessibility to visitors and other support services.
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