The South East’s largest agricultural and machinery show, Farm Expo, returns for its fifth year at Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone on 6 March 2024. The event showcases the best of farm machinery, goods and services from national and international suppliers.
Launched in 2019, Farm Expo aims to connect merchants and buyers, providing a convenient opportunity for visitors to shop for all their farming needs. With more than 100 exhibitors in attendance bringing the latest in innovative equipment and technology from all sectors of farming, land management and related businesses, this is a prime opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ and discover the latest releases from favourite brands.
There will also be many opportunities to see live demonstrations, view equipment and machinery up close and network with industry-leading professionals.
NEW for 2024, the Demo Zone gives exhibitors the chance to show off their newest kit, offer test drives and demonstrate new features to a highly engaged audience, bringing an interactive element to the day. Bookings for slots in the new Demo Zone are filling up fast, so make sure to stop by during your visit.
Now a firm fixture in the annual calendar of events for organisers the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS), Farm Expo brings together farmers, farm workers, land managers, students and agri-businesses from all corners of the agricultural industry.
Julian Barnes, KCAS Chairman, said: “Farmers have never before faced as many challenges as they do now. With today’s society ever changing, new barriers are being thrown up continually, whether it be sustainability, an economic crisis or the challenges to food security. Farmers are having to constantly diversify and evolve.
“It is more important than ever that Farm Expo brings farmers the knowledge and innovation needed to help their businesses not just survive but thrive. With the range of exhibitors, networking opportunities and other resources on offer, Farm Expo is an important date in the calendar on which farmers can meet their peers and see developments in the industry.”
Become a member
The Kent County Agricultural Society became a registered charity in 1990, but has been around a lot longer than that.
It was in 1923 that the society was first formed. Throughout its history its mission has been embedded in endorsing agriculture, supporting improvements in breeding and rearing livestock and encouraging the invention and development of agricultural implements and machinery.
As well as holding the annual Kent County Show, the society holds five other events, The Kent Farming Conference, Farm Expo, the Heritage Transport Show, Living Land and Biddenden Tractorfest.
The society’s Kent Rural Scholarship Scheme, introduced in 2015, has sponsored over 20 students of land-based degrees at a cost of over £60,000, and makes charitable donations each year to support the Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, providing essential funding for materials and services. Membership of the society contributes towards the continuation of the Kent County Show and helps the society continue to achieve its charitable objectives each year.
Members receive tickets to society events and other benefits such as entry to exclusive show areas and access to other offers and discounts. They also receive a quarterly newsletter with information on the society’s latest news and events, while helping to preserve the rich agricultural heritage of the county for generations to come.
The Kent Rural Scholarship
The Kent County Agricultural Society continues to support nine students per year through the Kent Rural Scholarship scheme. Now in its 9th year and having so far supported 23 students, this scheme awards £1,000 per year for up to three years to students who wish to pursue a career in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equine, veterinary and animal management.
Applicants must be a resident of Kent at the time of application and aged between 18 and 25. They should be studying in the UK in one of the fields listed, on a full-time college or university degree-based course.
Applications for the 2024 new entrants to the Kent Rural Scholarship will open soon.
KCAS would like to thank Brachers, our Headline Sponsors for Farm Expo 2024, for their ongoing support.