TULARE, Calif. (KFSN) --Tuesday was opening day for the 49th annual World Ag Expo. Thousands took to the International Agri-Center to see the latest innovations in the Ag industry.
For the 49th year more than 1,500 companies dealing with the latest in Ag technology showcased their best. Whether it be by land or air, the exhibits at the World Ag Expo draw international attention to the Central Valley.
Showcasing everything from the latest in flood irrigation to drought solutions.
Like Tulare-based Irrigation Matters. Since the company's inception in 2009, it's been catering to growers up and down the west coast. General manager Patt Biddy said their products focus on everything from water chemistry to conservation.
"In the majority of cases, we can serve the grower up to 1-acre foot, which is roughly about 326,000 gallons of water."
While attendees pay $15 for a ticket to the expo exhibit areas cost anywhere from $1,300 to $5,400. Something vendors say is well worth it. "This expo gives us the most bang for our buck," said Gwen Brittain, IMC Scrapers. "You have the exposure, great people, and volunteers."
Of the thousands of people that are here, some are here to buy sell network, others are turning this into a family event. Like orange growers Mark and Conner Steven who've made it more of a family tradition. "I've been going since I was about 10. My dad took me," said Steve.