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Hawkeye Farm Show comes to Cedar Falls


The ag economy in eastern Iowa is going strong. Farmers are looking to spread the wealth, and you'll see that this week at the 25th Annual Hawkeye Farm Show, taking place in Cedar Falls. Hundreds of businesses have set up their booths and are spending their dollars, looking to cash in.

"There are a lot of people to sell the agricultural production segment of the economy that need a place to meet their customers and we offer what amounts to a shopping mall for ag equipment," Marketing Director of Midwest Farm Shows John Sampson said.

Waterloo Implement is one of 204 businesses who have set up shop in the UNI-Dome. Each one is looking for leads that will make their businesses as profitable as farming has become over the past couple years.

"Overall business has been very strong as of recently. The ag economy has been relatively strong and afforded the opportunity to see a lot of the equipment both new and used so the industry has been strong overall," said Chuck Staut of Waterloo Implement.

With the ag business doing so well and many farmers having a little extra money in their pocket and they're looking to improve their business by upgrading their equipment.

Don Tomlinson is 85 years old and has been farming as long as he can remember. He's helping his grandson now, but the business is still the same, to make money you have to spend it.

"More or less upgrading ya know. I suppose it's natural when you've got a little money you try to upgrade," Tomlinson said.

"It's one of the things that doesn't change that much in a recessionary period. People still need to eat. You might eat hamburger instead of filet minion, but you're still going to eat," Sampson said.

The Hawkeye Farm Show continues through this Thursday. It's free and open from nine to four each day.


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