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42nd annual Midwest Farm Show brings optimism for the new year…

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - After a tough year for some area farmers, many are looking for signs of optimism in 2020, and the Midwest Farm Show looks to provide just that.

The show features vendors from all over the region, hoping to share new ideas and products, even with some of the most experienced farmers in the industry.

Long-time farmers across the region have seen the agriculture sector recently struggle, but area farmer, Glen Groth, says he can learn a lot from other farmers and vendors at this show. "It doesn't take long to see a lot of people at an event like this and learn what they're doing and what is working for them," said Groth. "Maybe even talk to some of the local businesses that can help you address some of those challenges."

Farmers who've been able to stay afloat say learning and adapting are key pieces to moving forward in this industry.

"I think a lot of farmers get stuck in the mindset that they have to do it the way that dad did it or grandpa did it and never change anything," said Groth. "It's one thing my wife and I are committed to is constantly learning and constantly expanding our horizons and learning new things."

With a new growing season on the horizon, comes new optimism.

"We're hoping that the Senate passes the USMCA trade agreements so we can keep moving our commodities to our closest trading partners and that would really help out prices," said Groth. "Of course a deal with China would really improve soybean prices so we can get these trade deals negotiated, it'll certainly help out. So I am optimistic about that."

If you want to check out the farm show, it continues Thursday, January 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the La Crosse Center. It's free and open to everyone.

Warren Sears

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