Every other year, Progress City takes shape on 300 acres near Richland Community College in Decatur. In the odd-numbered years, Decatur hosts the Farm Progress Show, alternating with Boone, Ia. Growing techniques, unattended aerial vehicles (which some call “drones”), and the latest – and largest! – farming equipment are all part of it. What if I'm too busy in my fields?
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“Wrong answer,” says Don Tourte, vice president of Penton Agriculture, the company that puts on the show. “First of all, that's why we moved the show up. It used to be a month later. Most people are not in the fields in early September. Even if you are, you should take a day or two and see what's new in agriculture.” On-stage entertainment includes Craig Morgan, and there will be a visit from TV's Mike Rowe as well. The dates are Sept. 1, 2, and 3.