Vincent Pawluski and his daughter Cira present the RC Farm Arm during the Ag Innovation competition during the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo at Red Deer’s Westerner Park Thursday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Vincent Pawluski and his daughter Cira present the RC Farm Arm during the Ag Innovation competition during the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo at Red Deer’s Westerner Park Thursday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Agricultural innovators wanted for Red Deer’s Agri-Trade Equipment Expo

Ag Innovations Competition offers $25,000 in prizes for ingenuity

The 38th Agri-Trade Equipment Expo is set to run at Westerner Park Nov. 9-11 and for the 14th year agricultural innovators can compete for $25,000 in prizes.

Agri-Trade Equipment Expo defines innovation as the development of new ideas that meet evolving requirements or market needs. Innovation differs from ‘invention’ in that innovation refers to the use of a better, and as a result, novel idea or method, say expo organizers.

Each year, Agri-Trade hosts the Ag Innovations Competition that will see five finalists go head-to-head on stage and compete for a $20,000 grand prize at the expo.

Using a perfect pitch-style format, each finalist will be given five minutes to present to a panel of judges for the $20,000 grand prize cash award. Producers will help select the winner of a “Farmers Choice Award,” who will receive a $5,000 cash award.

“This year once again the committee will have a difficult job in selecting only five finalists from all of the applicants,” said Ag Innovations Committee chair Craig Shaw, in a statement.

“The technology is diversifying every year, and the ideas keep getting better. With elevating the program, this gives the top five applicants an opportunity to make the perfect pitch to a whole audience of qualified buyers.”

Agri-Trade events manager Krissy Fiddler said, “our Ag Innovation Competition focuses on solutions that have the potential to improve the lives of farmers and ranchers.”

Online applications will be accepted from ag sectors world-wide. The deadline is Aug. 15.

To find more information about Ag Innovations, visit Agri-Trade’s website at: www.agri-trade.com/ag-innovations.



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