Tractor aficionados, this is your week.

The World Ag Expo 2018, which claims to be the largest farming show of its kind in the world — and it makes a good case — opens Tuesday near Tulare.

The annual agricultural expo, back for its 51st year, puts cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment front and center.

The three-day event, Feb. 13-15, will be held at the International Agri-Center, located at 4500 S. Laspina St. but plainly visible from Highway 99.

The expo, which boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors and 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, calls itself the premier marketplace and a celebration for all things ag. It draws thousands of attendees from all over the world, including a strong regular contingent from Kern County.

The World Ag Expo will once again feature daily equipment showcases, live demonstrations and seminars in categories such as dairy, irrigation, international trade, business and farm management, marketing and media, and more.

“World Ag Expo has built a legacy of bringing agricultural buyers and sellers together,” International Agri-Center Chief Executive Officer Jerry Sinift said in a release. “Ag is always evolving in order to feed a growing world. World Ag Expo is here to facilitate the connections between the exhibitors who provide the most advanced technology and equipment and the farmers who continue to evaluate and improve their operations to meet that demand.”

The Top-10 New Products Competition also returns, showcasing innovations such as unmanned spray systems and remote monitoring, new tire traction solutions, ag film recycling and more. There will also be a free concert featuring Craig Campbell on Feb. 14.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to attend, and speak to an invite-only audience, on Tuesday.

Attendees can stay up to date on the latest news by downloading the free World Ag Expo 2018 mobile app, which also has an exhibitor directory, map and other visitor resources.

Here's the schedule:

TUESDAY, FEB. 13

9 a.m.: Show opens

9:15 a.m.: World Ag Expo Arena — opening ceremonies

9:30 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — Ag Technology: What’s Hot, What’s Not and Why, with speakers Danny Royer, Bowles Farming Co., and Penelope Nagel, Ag Tech

10 a.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Managing the Sun: Solar Asset Management for Ag Operations, with speaker Jason Smith, CalCom Solar
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — The 21st Century Dairy, with speakers Paul Anema, Chris Garnier and Gary Genske, Genske Mulder & Co., CPAs

10:05 a.m.: World Ag Women Pavilion — A quilt show, with presenter Debbie Van Fossen

10:30 a.m.: World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.

10:45 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — CV Salts: Long Term Fix to Nitrates in Groundwater Advancing to Adoption, with speaker Parry Klassen, executive director, East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition

11 a.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Recycling Ag Plastic Just Got Easier, with speaker Matt Andros, ANDROS
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — An Alternative to Genomic Testing, with speakers Bill VerBoort and Denise Athy, AgriTech Analytics
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Larry Zachary, Cool Hand Luke’s Steakhouse/Saloon

11:45 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — My Job Depends on Ag, with speakers Erik Wilson and Steve Malanca

Noon

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Do You Have a Fugitive Dust Problem?, with speaker Silvia Barber, senior scientist, Integral Consulting Inc.
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Profiting from Methane Capture, Credits and Grants, with speaker: N. Ross Buckenham and Neil Black, California Bioenergy LLC

1 p.m.

  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Tommy Chavez, The Cafe
  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Harvest Maximum Photosynthesis with Cover Crops, with speaker Jim Boak, equipment and crop technology specialist, Salford Group
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Component Production: Is Your Herd Efficiency Up to Par?, with speaker Dr. Shane Holt, Cargill Dairy focus consultant, Cargill Animal Nutrition
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Bobby Salazar, Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Food

1:30 p.m.

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Financial State of Agriculture, with speakers Curt Covington, Farmer Mac; Dan Clawson, Farm Credit West; and Raquel Leal, Wells Fargo

2 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Bio-Degradable Mulch Films in Specialty Crops, with speaker Brad Karst, Organix Solutions
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Dairy Drinking Water Quality, with speaker Joseph Lyman, DVM, Neogen
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Top of the Hill Jams & Jellies, with presenter Ruth Wardwell

2:45 p.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — Empowering Women in Ag to Transform through Gratitude: You Feed the World, Now Feed the Soul, with speaker Arleana Waller, ShePOWER Global

3 p.m.

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Changing Financial World, with speaker Pablo Borquez, ProducePay
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Quality Calf Programs Start with Quality Milk Replacer, with speaker Dr. Bob James, Down Home Heifer Solutions
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Fashion show, presented by Espi’s Kids and Chelsea Street Boutique

4 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Clean Water and Cow Comfort — Key to Dairy Profitability, with speaker Ross Thurston, Livestock Water Recycling Inc.
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Are You Getting the Most From Your FSA and Rural Development Program? with speakers Kim Vann, California Rural Development, and Aubrey Bettencourt, USDA Farm Service Agency

5 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Wine reception, California Women for Agriculture
  • Show closes

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14

7 a.m.

  • VIP Event Tent — Jesus and Generosity, with speaker David Kieser, Midwest Food Bank
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Coffee Talk, hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

9 a.m.: Show opens

9:30 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — Federal Legislation Review: Insight on Water, Pesticides and GMO Labeling, with speaker Richard Gupton, Agricultural Retailers Association

10 a.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Agriculture Conservation Easements, with speakers Daniel O’Connell and Scott Spear and Holly King; Central Valley Partnership, Sequoia River- lands Trust and Triple Crown Holdings LP
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Exploring the Myths and Realities of Exporting

10:05 a.m.: World Ag Women Pavilion — Yoga with Lily Hart, Studio Vue

10:30 a.m.: World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment Showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.

11 a.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, with speakers Paul Hendrix, Mark Larsen and Soapy Mulholland, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Show Me the Money! Securing Payment for International Sales
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Karl Merten, Cafe 225

Noon

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Conscientious Philanthropy and Community Involvement Ag Advocacy, with speaker Karen Musson, Gar Tootelian Inc. and Gar & Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Jeff Riggs, Tulare Adult School Culinary Arts

1 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Don’t Kill Your Golden Goose: Succession Strategies, with speaker Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Farm Wisdom: USDA Programs
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Selfies, Social Consciousness & Inclusion What Matters to Millennials, How to Motivate Them and How They Can Master the Workplace, with speaker Kristi Sproul, AgCareers.com
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Christian Raia, West Hills College Culinary Arts

1:30 p.m.: World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.

2 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — ABC’s of Organic Certification, with speakers Callie Cooper, certification officer, Oregon Tilth, and Gwynn Sawyer Ostrom, review program technical supervisor, OMRI
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Manufacturing the Future: The Next Era of Global Growth and Innovation
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Sourced from History, with presenter Trevor Lewis, Rawson Wood Co.

2:15 p.m.: Career roundtable, with speakers Doris Mold, ag economist, University of Minnesota; Brandi LoForti, InsureCal Insurance Agency; Holly Carter, Carter & Co. Communications; Stacy Whitner, Pecan Grove Farms; Shannon Douglas, California Farm Bureau; Kirti Mutatkar, United Ag; and Tara Smith Anderson, American Petroleum Institute

2:30 p.m.: World Ag Expo Arena — Faster and More Efficient Ways to Rear High Performance Calves, with speaker Ben Helm, AB Neo/AHI

3 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Italian Advanced Agricultural Technology: Innovative Solutions for High Quality Products, with speaker Marco Acerbi, director of EIMA
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Southeast Asia Emerges as Global Growth Leader
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Unique Container Gardening with Spring Flowers and Succulents, with presenter Devon Brown, The Gardens

4 p.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — 2018 Farm Bill

4:30 p.m.: World Ag Expo Arena — Bud Light after-hours party, featuring Craig Campbell

5 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Evening networking reception, hosted by Sigma Alpha sorority
  • Show closes

THURSDAY, FEB. 15

6:30 a.m.: VIP Event Tent — Agricultural Leadership Foundation Breakfast, with speaker Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

7 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — Coffee Talk, hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

9 a.m.: Show opens

9:30 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — The Future of American Energy: Workforce Opportunities in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry, with speaker Tara Smith Anderson, American Petroleum Institute

10 a.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Ag Tech Disruptive Technologies Saving Costs, with speaker Reinier van der Lee, Vinduino LLC
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Advances in Irrigation Flow Meter Technology, with speaker Jon R. Johnston, Irrigation Accessories Co.
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Bonsai demonstration, with presenter Bob Hilvers, curator of the Clark Bonsai Collection

10:30 a.m.

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Transformation Through Mobile Drip Irrigation Technology, with speaker Monty J. Teeter
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Barbara Bennet, The Barking Bakery

10:45 a.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — FSMA: Food Safety and Water, with speaker Priscilla Rodriguez, Western Ag Processors Association

11 a.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 1 — What You Need to Know: Antimicrobial Use in CA Livestock, with speaker Dr. Rosie Busch, veterinarian specialist, Antimicrobial Use & Stewardship, California Department of Agriculture (CDFA)
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Close Spacing LEPA Applicators Improve Irrigation Efficiency, with speaker Dan Schueler, Senniger Irrigation

11:30 a.m.

  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Kellie Black, MACHE
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Pulse Irrigation on Almonds: Drop Water Usage While Increasing Yields, with speakers Guillermo Valenzuela and Mark Yoshimoto, WiseConn Engineering Inc.

Noon

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Get to the Root Cause and Unlock Operational Efficiency, with speaker Katy Griffin, Sustainable Productivity Solutions
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Water Management Issues and Opportunities: Lessons from Colorado, with speaker Bethany Reinholtz, GDS Associates Inc.
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — Agroterrorism: Principles of Food Security Planning and Management, with speakers David Goldenberg, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, and Sheldon Fung, WMD coordinator, FBI
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with David Vartanian, The Vintage Press

12:30 p.m.: Seminar Trailer 2 — Managing Soil Moisture and Salinity Data via a Cloud-Based Platform, with speaker Bridget Graf, Spectrum Technologies

1 p.m.

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Advantages of Real-Time Soil Tension Data for Irrigation Management, with speaker Ben Smith, Hortau
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — How are Farmers Adopting Technology Today for Future Profitability Growth, with speaker Scott Warr, Rain Bird Corp.
  • World Ag Women Pavilion — Cook with Reagan Roach, Harris Ranch

1:30 p.m.

  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Interpreting Soil Moisture Data, with speaker Brian Bourbonnais, IRROMETER Co. Inc.
  • Seminar Trailer 3 — AgVocacy: How to Make a Lasting First Impression, with speaker Kristine Ranger, Knowledge Navigators, and Doris Mold, Sunrise Ag Associates

2 p.m.

  • World Ag Expo Arena — Equipment showcase, facilitated by Richie Bros.
  • Seminar Trailer 1 — Food Safety Management Can Be a Risky Business!, with speaker Radojka Barycki, technical training manager, SCS Global Services
  • Seminar Trailer 2 — Advances in Irrigation Flow Meter Technology, with speaker Katie Englin, Seametrics

2:30 p.m.: Seminar Trailer 2 — Compact, Efficient and Expandable Title 22 Treatment System for Small Water Systems, with speaker Peachie Maher Hytowitz, Amiad Water Systems

3 p.m.: Seminar Trailer 3 — Cannabis: From Black Market to Mainstream, with speakers April Crittenden, Envirocann; Bryce Berryessa, California Cannabis Manufacturers Association; Nicole Anderson, Caliva; and Ian Rice, vice president at SC Labs

4 p.m.: Show closes

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