Farm Show Comes To Boone County

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Thursday, November 03 2005 Nov 3, 2005 Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:43:01 PM CST November 03, 2005 in News

The 13th Annual Small Farm Trade Show took over the Boone County Fair Grounds. It's the largest small farm trade show in the U.S. Ron Maucer started a small farm magazine more than twenty years ago.

"I started the magazine in the rural crisis of 1984- to give hope to those people who were in trouble," said Ron Macher, the farm show director.

The show followed in 1993. People came from all over the country to show off their items, from honey and jams to cattle and sheep. One of the main attractions this year is a seminar about the benefits of biodiesel fuel.

"Well, environmental - it produces much less emissions that go into the air," said Tony Rockwell, Azure Biodiesel Company.

Rockwell showed viewers how they could make biodiesel at home for less than seventy cents a gallon.

"This method is for anyone who doesn't want to pay or can't pay sometimes $3 a gallon," Rockwell said.

Fuel wasn't the only topic of interest. This year's farm show's theme is focused around smaller scale farming, showcasing more items like blueberry syrup than the traditional farming items.

The show's directors hope their farm show can be a resource to the 1.6 million small farmers in America. The small farm trade show runs until Saturday.

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