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Ag trade show & convention begins in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash.--  Vendors were set up at the Pasco ag show Tuesday.  In it's 26th year, the show is now called the "Real Ag Convention and Trade Show."  This year is one of the biggest, with more than 115 vendors set up to show off their equipment, technology, and services.

Organizers say the focus this year is shifting from trade show to more educational seminars.  One of the speakers Tuesday was U.S. Representative Doc Hastings, who talked about his continued fight to keep the Snake River Dams Open. He says the dams are important to our agricultural and economy, explaining, "Without those dams, clearly, we would not have the agricultural richness we have here in the Columbia Basin.  We wouldn't have the power that fuels the economy, not only here on the agricultural land, but also throughout the northwest."  Opponents say tearing down the dams will increase the number of fish in the river.  Right now, Congress is awaiting a ruling from a district court judge about a biological opinion statement.

The Real Ag show is Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.  Again it's at the TRAC in Pasco.  Admission is $5.