55th Annual Show
March 3-4, 2021
CHI HEALTH Center OMAHA
Wednesday & Thursday
Areas Largest Indoor Short-line Farm Show
For Immediate Release:
FOR YOUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2021 TRIUMPH OF AG EXPO IS EXCITED TO PRESENT THE
AGRI-AWARD TO KEN POHLMAN, FOUNDER OF MIDWEST LABS
AND DON BACON, U.S. CONGRESSMAN
“The Triumph of Ag Expo is always packed with lots of new improvements and helpful information” says Brent Pohlman from Midwest Laboratories. At no other time this spring will area Farm Operators be able to see this much farm equipment and technology on display. The 2020 Expo is excited to have RFD TV coverage leading up to and during this year’s Expo. New features for the first time include a designated area showcasing “Innovations in Farming.” “It’s an excellent opportunity to see all types of Short-Line farm equipment, new products, labor and time saving ideas all under one roof,” says Mike Mancuso, the Show’s Producer. “The Triumph of Ag Expo is the best place for farmers to find answers for what they do control while taking advantage of the new technologies with hands-on experience. New feature this year will be continuous demonstrations of Drone and new technologies.
TRIUMPH OF AGRICULTURE ANNUAL AGRI- AWARD
The Triumph of Agriculture Exposition established the Annual “Agri-Award” as part of Nebraska’s Centennial Celebration, in 1976 to recognize outstanding organizations and individuals that have contributed to the Agricultural Development in the Midwestern area. This year’s winners are Ken Pohlman, Founder of Midwest Laboratories, and Don Bacon, US Congressman, will receive their awards at a Special Presentation at 12 Noon, during the Luncheon on Wednesday, March 3 at the CHI Health Center Omaha. For those interested in attending the Luncheon call 402-346-8003, $15.00 per person.
Ken Pohlman, Founder – Midwest Laboratories
Ken Pohlman’s laboratory career has spanned 58 years, (1962-2020). Ken’s background in soil physics and agronomy led him early in his career to manage analytical testing labs. He gained tremendous knowledge in areas like soils, feeds, fertilizer, and plants. Ken’s experience in the lab and ag retail business prepared him for his ultimate venture of starting a new lab, A&L Midwest Labs in Omaha, NE in 1975. As the lab grew, it became apparent the location at 120th and Center was quickly going to be too small and in 1978 the decision was made to move to the 136th and B Street location. From here, Ken purchased the company from Midwest Labs and grew its current campus in 2020 to 14 buildings, from A Street to C Street. The company is currently in the process of moving to a new campus in Papillion.
Midwest Laboratories, under Ken’s direction, has grown and flourished. Soil sample volumes have grown exponentially over the years. In 2020, soil sample volumes hit an all-time record of 1,800,000 soil samples received. In addition, the company expanded into other industries including municipality drinking water/wastewater, pet food, food safety/microbiology and ethanol and has a total employee count of 218 employees. Ken has turned over the leadership of Midwest Laboratories to his son, Brent who continues to build on his father’s legacy.
Don Bacon – U.S. Congressman
Growing up and working on a farm in Illinois, Congressman Don Bacon learned first-hand how the value of hard work and commitment contributes to the success of a small business. He moved from the family farm to attend Northern Illinois University, from which he graduated with a Bachelors of Political Science in 1984, the same year he married Angie, the love of his life. They have three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. One year later, he began his military career by joining the U.S. Air Force and serving nearly 30 years, ultimately retiring as a Brigadier General. Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) has been named as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations. The subcommittee addresses policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and domestic commodity distribution and consumer initiatives, as well as department agency oversight and special investigations.
“During this pandemic, more families are struggling to put food on the table as they suffer job losses and income reductions. I am looking forward to working on how we can best make nutrition and domestic food assistance programs more efficient and effective so families most in need will get the assistance these programs were intended to provide,” said Rep. Bacon.
“The Triumph of Ag Expo is always packed with lots of new improvements and helpful information” says Brent Pohlman from Midwest Laboratories. At no other time this spring will area Farm Operators be able to see this much farm equipment and technology on display. The 2021 Expo is excited to have RFD TV coverage leading up to and during this year’s Expo. New features for the first time include a designated area showcasing “Innovations in Farming.” “It’s an excellent opportunity to see all types of Short-Line farm equipment, new products, labor and time saving ideas all under one roof,” says Mike Mancuso, the Show’s Producer. “The Triumph of Ag Expo is the best place for farmers to find answers for what they do control while taking advantage of the new technologies with hands-on experience. The show will continue to feature educational seminars, new technologies with the old reliable that are so popular in the industry.”
The Expo has something for every kind of farm operation, including tillage equipment, planters, monitor and control systems, soil testing equipment, mowers, cattle chutes, augers, fertilizers, various seed hybrids, feeders, tanks and pumps, hay moving and handling equipment, plows, combines, computers and software, tractors, and many more agricultural products and services for today’s farmers and ranchers.
If you are interested in agriculture and farming, this year’s Expo is the place to be on March 3-4, 2021. Exhibits are open 9 AM to 4 PM on Wednesday and 9 AM to 3 PM on Thursday. In addition to all of the latest equipment, products, and services, see antique farm tractors and equipment, and enjoy special programs. THE TRIUMPH OF AGRICULTURE EXPOSITION FARM & RANCH MACHINERY SHOW is produced by Mid-America Expositions, Inc. and is sponsored by the Mid-America Farm & Ranch Machinery Council with members including Doug Carr – University of NE Foundation – Nebraska Agri-Business, Mike Hansen – RFD TV, Clare Duda – Farmer, Karla James – KLIN, Ron Roskens – Global Connection, John Hansen – NE Farmers’ Union, Deanna Ray – Midwest Messenger, Ben Hellbusch – Busch Equipment, Brent Pohlman – Midwest Laboratories – Omaha Agri-Business, Bob Mancuso Jr.– Omaha Agri-Business, Carrie Duffy – Greater Omaha Chamber – Ag Council, Roger Wehrbein – Nebraska State Senator – Farmer, and Chris Sidles – Farm Market ID.
Triumph Ag Expo Testimonials through out the 55 years. Karla James, KFAB Farm Director said, “The Expo has something for every kind of farm operation,” including tillage equipment, planters, monitor and control systems, soil testing equipment, mowers, cattle chutes, augers, fertilizers, various seed hybrids, feeders, tanks and pumps, hay moving and handling equipment, plows, combines, computers and software, tractors, and many more agricultural products and services for today’s farmers and ranchers.
“A great attendance, and a completely filled 100,000 sq. ft. CHI Health convention center filled with everything today’s Farm and Rancher needs has been the success story for this expo every year.” says Mike Mancuso. “We hear every year this show is the best show in the Midwest and it is on my calendar for late February or early March. This Show showcases the latest farm machinery, supplies, services and technology.”
“I have constantly year after year considered this Expo the best producing show we exhibit in.” Said Dave (Yant Equipment)
“I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy attending your show. You and your team put on a first class show.” Brent (Midwest Laboratories, Inc.)
“Success stories like this are why we are continually reminded about the Magic behind this Show.” said the late Bob Mancuso ” Exciting plans are already underway for next years Expo” says Mike Mancuso, Show Director.
TRIUMPH OF AGRICULTURE 2021 ANNUAL AGRI- AWARD
The Triumph of Agriculture Exposition established the Annual “Agri-Award” as part of Nebraska’s Centennial Celebration, in 1976 to recognize outstanding organizations and individuals that have contributed to the Agricultural Development in the Midwestern area. This year’s winners are Ken Pohlman – Founder Midwest Labatories and Don Bacon – U.S. Congressman.
’20 – Karla James – KFAB Farm Director
’18 – Pete Ricketts, Governor, State of Nebraska
’17 – Terry Hejny – Exec. Dir. Nebraska LEAD Program
’16 – Greg Ibach -Nebraska Dept of Agriculture
’15 – Mogens C. Bay – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Valmont Industries, Inc. Bio
’14 – Bill Northey – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
’13 – Leif Magnusson – President of CLAAS Bio
’12 – Greg Heckman – President & CEO The Gavilon Group, LLC Bio
’11 – Howard G. Buffett – HGB Foundation
’10 – Terry Twiestmeyer – President of Twiestmeyer & Associates
’10 – John Fonda – President & CEO of the John Day Company
’09 – John McCoy – President of Orthman Manufacturing
’08 – Dave Heineman – Nebraska Governor
’07 – Rick Parod, President & CEO of Lindsay Manufacturing
’06 – Roger R. Wehrbein – Nebraska State Senator
’05 – Sherman O. Berg – Aksarben
’03 – Mike Johanns –Former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
’02 – Roger Flemmer – Former KFAB Farm Director
’01 – Bryce P. Neidig – Former President Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
’00 – Tony Raimondo – CEO, Behlen Manufacturing Company
’99 – Martin A. Massengale – President Emeritus, Director of the Center for Grassland Studies
’98 – Ben Nelson – Former Nebraska Governor and now U.S. Senator
’97 – Larry E. Sitzman – Former Director of Nebraska Department of Agriculture
’96 – Ronald E. Vavrina – CEO, Vavrina Implement Company
’96 – Matthew “Bud” Fleischer – Fleischer Manufacturing Company
’96 – Jere W. Fonda – Former CEO, John Day Company
’95 – Jerome Warner – Former Nebraska State Senator
’94 – Bob Kerrey – Former Nebraska Governor & U.S. Senator
’93 – Edward T. Robinson, Jr. – President of J.C. Robinson Seed Company/Golden Harvest Seeds
’93 – Willard “Bill” Waldo – President of Waldo Farms
’92 – Robert L. Peterson – Former Chairman, President and CEO, IBP, Inc.
’91 – Virginia Smith – Former Member of Congress
’91 – Carl T. Curtis – Former Member of Congress & U.S. Senate
’90 – Charles M. Harper – Former Chairman of the Board & CEO – Con Agra, Inc.
’89 – Dr. Ronald W. Roskens – Former President University of Nebraska –Lincoln & CEO, President & Director of Agency for International Development – Action International, Inc.
’88 – Clayton Yetter – Former U.S. Trade Ambassador & Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
’87 – Warren Nielson – Former KFAB Radio & KMTV Farm Director
’86 – Robert K. Fensler – Nebraska Farmer
’85 – Robert B Daugherty – Valmont Industries
’84 – Roman L. Hruska – Former U.S. Senator
’83 – Glenn H. LeDioyt – LeDioyt Land Company
’83 – Hugh L. Tinley – Farmers National Company
’82 – Ed Zorinsky – Former Omaha Mayor & U.S. Senator
’81 – Taylor Snow – The Snow Company
’80 – Leroy Barry – Midwest Retail Farm Equipment Dealers Association
’79 – Dick Becker – Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben
’78 – Leonard Fleischer – Fleischer Manufacturing Company
’77 – Don Ringler – Former Omaha World-Herald Farm Editor
‘76 – J. J. Exon – Former Nebraska Governor & U.S. Senator
For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Mike Mancuso, Show Director
Mid-America Expositions, Inc.
7015 Spring Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68106-3518 – (402) 346-8003 Fax (402) 346-5412
THE TRIUMPH OF AGRICULTURE EXPOSITION Farm & Ranch Machinery Show is produced by Mid-America Expositions, Inc., sponsored by the Mid-America Farm & Ranch Machinery Council and is a member of the National Farm Show Council.