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2021 World Ag Expo cancelled over coronavirus

The 2021 World Ag Expo has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking the first year in its 52-year history that the event will not be held. 

With the February 2021 event cancelled, the next World Ag Expo will take place from Feb. 8-10, 2022. 

“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,” said Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center CEO. 

The International Agri-Center Board of Directors said the decision to cancel the event came after months of research and evaluation of future trends and known constraints. 

The board faced a November deadline to move forward with the expo and cancelled early to give exhibitors, attendees, volunteers, concessionaires, contractors and local businesses time to adjust their plans. 

Starting Wednesday, World Ag Expo staff will reach out to exhibitors to deal with fees and other options for 2021. 

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.