World Ag Expo prepares for a big week

TULARE COUNTY, Calif.

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The three-day event begins Tuesday morning. All over Tulare, hotel parking lots are full and rooms are completely booked. Nearly 1,500 exhibitors are participating in this year's expo. "Being from Iowa, it's corn and soybeans. That's it. And you come out to California, and there is almost every kind of agriculture that goes on anywhere in the world," said Brian Wikelman with Seed Research Equipment Services.

"This is a big deal. It's one of the largest shows for our company. We're a German manufacturer, but this is the dominant show for us," said Darrell King, who works in Colorado for German manufacturer Claas.

Smaller companies also prepared to showcase their products. Worm Gold sells worm waste. "It's an organic way of growing. You reduce chemicals. You reduce water usage and at the same time, beneficial biology means It's an insect repellant, and a fungal repellant," said Todd Salemi.

But even as people prepared for the World Ag Expo, Action News found one business that will miss out on all the action. The city of Tulare's newest hotel won't open until Thursday, the final day of the event.

The World Ag Expo runs from the 14th through the 16th at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. The address is 4450 South Laspina Street.

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