New Holland BRAUD 9090x (copy)

The New Holland BRAUD 9090x grape harvester pictured to the right of the same model tractor without the grape harvester at the 53rd Annual World Ag Expo in Tulare in February 2020.

The popular World Ag Expo won't take place in 2021 as planned, the first time in the event's more than 52-year history that it has been canceled.

The decision on the three-day February gathering celebrating all things agriculture was announced Monday because of COVID-19 concerns. The event draws thousands of people from around the country — and world.

“After working with the Tulare County Health Department and other officials, it has become evident that given health and safety restrictions from the state of California, holding a live, international event is not responsible in February,” International Agri-Center CEO Jerry Sinift said in a news release.

The Expo said the decision was made before a November deadline to give exhibitors, attendees, volunteers, concessionaires, contractors and local businesses time to change their plans. 

At this point, the next World Ag Expo is slated for Feb. 8-10, 2022 in Tulare. 

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