Walter Grain Farms, Johnson Creek, WI
July 23-25, 2019

Welcome to Walworth County
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2016

Hosted in Walworth County
from July 19-21, 2016 at
Snudden Farms
N764 Zenda Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Welcome to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2016!

July 19-21, 2016 — 9AM - 4PM Daily

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Each year, it is held in a different Wisconsin county — on a different host family farm.

Walworth County is excited to be hosting the 2016 Farm Technology Days! Agriculture works hard for Walworth County every day. Family-owned farms, food processors and agriculture-related businesses generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity while contributing to local income and tax revenues. Although population of Walworth County has increased by 25 percent in the past decade, over 60 percent of the county is still farmland. As one of the state’s top tourist destinations, the pastoral landscape is a valuable asset to the county.

Agriculture in the county is extremely diverse, and in addition to production grain and dairy, includes a wide range of livestock and horticultural crops. The direct marketing of vegetables, meat and poultry, cheese, and fruits is a rapidly growing segment of county agriculture.

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Service Animals Welcome

Please Note

Service animals welcome. Personal pets are not permitted at the show.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Elite Sustainining Sponsors

WFTD Sponsor Rural Mutual
WFTD Sponsor John Deere

Charter Sponsors

WFTD Sponsor Badgerland
WFTD Sponsor Blains Farm and Fleet
WFTD Sponsor Crop Production Services
WFTD Sponsor Kikoman Foods
WFTD Sponsor Fabick Cat
WFTD Sponsor Pepsi
WFTD Sponsor Town Bank
WFTD Sponsor CHS
WFTD Sponsor Farm City Elevator
WFTD Sponsor Town of Linn
WFTD Sponsor Walworth County
WFTD Sponsor United Cooperative
WFTD Sponsor Massey Ferguson and Jordan Implement
WFTD Sponsor Johnson Tractor

Platinum Sponsors

WFTD Sponsor American Wood Fibers
WFTD Sponsor Beloit Health System
WFTD Sponsor Elburn Coop
WFTD Sponsor First National Bank and Trust
WFTD Sponsor Grande Milk Marketing
WFTD Sponsor Kubota
WFTD Sponsor Rote Oil
WFTD Sponsor Gravely Mowers
WFTD Sponsor Pino Buildings
WFTD Sponsor Keller Planners, Architechts, Builders
WFTD Sponsor BFG Supply Co.
WFTD Sponsor Waste Management
WFTD Sponsor Alliant Energy

Gold Sponsors

  • Scott Sherman & Marikay Ackman of Swamp Angel Farm
  • Breezy Hill Nursery
  • Lake Geneva Country Meats
  • Golden Years of Walworth
  • Hull Farms of Lake Geneva
  • Vanderstappen Power Plus, Inc.
  • Merwin Farms
  • SVH Supply, Inc.
  • First Citizen's State Bank
  • Sugar Creek Mutual Insurance
  • Willow Road Self Storage
  • Deans
  • Wilbur-Ellis Company
  • Tracy Seeds
  • Continental Plastic
  • Brown's Service/Wisconsin Golf, Inc.
  • Complete Feed Service, LLC
  • Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly
  • Mercyhealth
  • RKW Redi-Mix
  • Aurora Health
  • Buck Bros
  • Mid-State Equipment

Silver Sponsors

  • Badger State Ethanol
  • Walworth County Farm Bureau
  • Foremost Farms USA
  • Mangold Insurance
  • Robert Spitzer
  • Stowell Trucking
  • Wisconsin Agribusiness Association
  • McHenry County Farm Bureau
  • Premier Insurance Solutions, LLC.
  • Banco Insurance/Hastings Mutual Ins
  • Union Bank & Trust
  • Bill Thompson Enterprises, LLC
  • Steve Keppy
  • Badger State Auction
  • Runzheimer
  • Alpine Bank
  • Community State Bank
  • Harvard Savings Bank
  • Zeeland Farm Services
  • Walworth County Dairy Promotion Committee
  • Yunker Plastics, Inc.
  • American Transmission Company
  • US Oil
  • US Cellular
  • People's Bank
  • Ag Direct
  • PATS Service
  • Premier Portable Buildings
  • Ziegler Equipment
  • Culligan Water
  • Landmark
  • PFI Fashions
  • Badger Utility
  • Bayland Buildings

Bronze Sponsors

  • Great Lakes Ag Research Service
  • Bolton Farms
  • Fidelity Title Insurance
  • Pearce's Farm Stand
  • DeBuck's Sod Farm of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Bob Hagemann Auction & Realty Service, LLC.
  • Owl Tavern/Pat Burns
  • Cook Logistics, LLC.
  • Nancy Russell
  • Midwest Groundcover LLC
  • Col-met
  • Lakes Brick & Block
  • Pesche's Greenhouse
  • Edward Jones/Steven Lois
  • Lakeland Disposal

Host Family

Snudden Farms, LLC

Snudden Heifer Barn

The 2016 Farm Technology Days host is Snudden Farms, located in the Town of Zenda, near Lake Geneva. The farm is operated by Steve Snudden, with help from family members and 20 employees.

The farm has been in Steve's family since 1925, when his grandfather, Harvey Snudden, purchased the farm. Steve's parents, Kip and Marilyn, assumed ownership in the early 1960s, with Steve taking over in the fall of 1977, during his senior year of high school.

Today, Snudden Farms is home to 1,100 Holstein cows, with a rolling herd average of 28,000 pounds. Snudden plans to increase the milking herd to 1,700 cows by the time of the show. The cows are currently milked in a DeLaval double-16 parallel, and Snudden has plans to expand to a double-32 by the time of the show. Snudden Farms' milk is marketed through Grande. Snudden raises his own calves and uses an on-farm calf milk pasteurizer. Snudden Farms recently built a 1,500-head heifer facility.

Snudden has plans to install a sand manure separator, which will be completed by the time of the show.

Snudden farms 3,000 acres – all within a 10-mile radius of his farm - of corn, alfalfa and wheat, in addition to custom farming 1,000 acres. The farm has its own drying facility and has storage capacity of 140,000 bushels.

Snudden Farms is proud to host the 2016 Farm Technology Days show and looks forward to featuring their Walworth County dairy operation.

Volunteer Information

Farm Technology Days is not only one of the most innovative showcases for agribusiness, but hundreds of volunteers use the show as a chance to connect, network and make friends. Be part of the fun and fellowship by volunteering on any of the committees-all have openings.

For volunteer information, please contact:

Colleen Lesniak
Volunteer Coordinator
100 W. Walworth Street, P.O. Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Phone: (262) 741-4223

Download Necessary Forms:

Volunteer Committee Descriptions

  • Admissions Committee - Provide assistance for show attendees with positioning of information booths and tents, set up admission headquarters, collect admission fees.
  • Education Committee - Coordinates UW-Extension and partner agency theme tents and exhibits in and around tent city (i.e.; Applied Technology Center)
  • Family Living Committee - Coordinate educational and entertaining programs - including speakers, exhibits, demonstrations and displays, host the Family Living Tent.
  • Field Demonstrations Committee - Plan field harvest demonstrations; coordinate needs for seed and fertilizer to establish crops (for Tent City, parking, and fieldwork demonstrations), work cooperatively with host farmer, and coordinate transportation for show attendees to and from demonstration area.
  • Food Committee - Select groups to provide food and beverage at the show, select menus, and operate and coordinate six food tents.
  • Grounds Committee - Provide services (fencing, culverts, unloading ramps, forklifts), coordinate garbage and refuse collection, provide shavings for the grounds, provide drinking water and toilet facilities.
  • Hospitality Committee - Distribute invitations and information to exhibitors, staff information booths; provide conveyances for handicapped accessibility at the show. Solicit cash and in-kind donations from sponsors.
  • Parking Committee - Provide volunteer force for directing traffic flow, parking and assistance with assigning an area for handicap, VIP and media parking. Committee is responsible for transporting attendees to and from Tent City via trams if needed.
  • Publicity & Promotion Committee - Develop and distribute promotional materials and media kits, write news releases, host media Press Day six weeks prior to the show, develop and manage all show communications including social media.
  • Sign Committee - Install and take down highway and tent city signs, provide storage space and maintenance of signs as needed.
  • Tent City Committee - Assist in layout of streets, avenues, food and educational tents. Supervision of Tent City, work with exhibitors during setup and removal, work with sign committee, assist with transportation needs during the show, coordinate two-way radio system.
  • Traffic/Safety Committee - Establish traffic pattern for incoming and outgoing visitors, provide security for the grounds, set up a command post, and work cooperatively with local police, fire and EMS personnel.
  • Utilities Committee - Work cooperatively with various utility companies (power, telephone), coordinate wiring according to Tent City layout.
  • Youth Committee - Work with FFA and 4-H members/leaders in setting up a soil judging program, host the Youth Tent, and conduct youth educational programs in the Youth Tent.

Volunteer Recruitment Standing Committee (download - PDF)

Executive Committee and Committee Liaisons

Executive Committee:

Subcommittees and Liaisons:



Lake Lawn Resort
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Rates: Queen $148, King $128, Loft & suites — call for pricing
Distance: 14 miles
Phone: 1 (800) 338-5253
Address: 2400 Geneva St
City/State/Zip: Delavan, WI 53147
Holiday Inn Conference Center
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Rate: $119.00
Distance: 28 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 477-7000
Address: 800 South Route 31
City/State/Zip: Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva
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Rate: 142.55
Distance: 8 miles
Phone: 1 (888) 746-7371
Address: 300 Wrigley Dr
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Hampton Inn Elkhorn
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Rate: 132.69
Distance: 24 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 743-2360
Address: 40 W Hidden Tr
City/State/Zip: Elkhorn, WI 53121
Comfort Suites Lake Geneva
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Rate: 142.55
Distance: 8 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 248-2300
Address: 300 E Main St
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Comfort Suites Delavan
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Rate: 112.37
Distance: 16 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 740-1000
Address: 313 Bauer Pkwy
City/State/Zip: Delavan, WI 53115
AmericInn Elkhorn
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Rate: 142.71 Sun-Thu; 211.72 Fri & Sat
Distance: 16 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 726-7799
Address: 210 E Commerce Ct
City/State/Zip: Elkhorn, WI 53121
Grand Geneva Resort
& Timber Ridge Lodge

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Rate: 254.00
Distance: 8 miles
Phone: 1 (800) 558-3417
Address: 7036 Grand Geneva Wy
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
The Abbey Resort
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Rate: 187.41
Distance: 7 miles
Phone: 1 (800) 709-1323
Address: 269 Fontana Blvd
City/State/Zip: Fontana, WI 53125
Super 8 Richmond
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Rate: 79.00
Distance: 10 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 678-4711
Address: 11200 N US Rte 12 Main St
City/State/Zip: Richmond, IL 60071
Lazy Cloud Bed & Breakfast
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Rate: 146.65; Suite $174.08
Distance: 6 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 275-3322
Address: N2025 N Lakeshore Dr
City/State/Zip: Fontana, WI 53125
The Cove of Lake Geneva
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Rate: 170.00
Distance 6 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 249-9460
Address: 111 Center St
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Super 8 Delavan
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Rate: 65.00
Distance 15 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 728-1700
Address: 518 Borg Rd
City/State/Zip: Delavan, WI 53115
Geneva Ridge Resort
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Rate: 161.00
Distance 9 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 249-3800
Address: W4240 State Hwy 50
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Additional options exist for large groups and corporate room blocks by contacting Stacey Sherman, 2016 Hospitality Chair at

Additional Hotels in the Area

Thomas Motel
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Distance: 19 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 723-2955
Address: 840 N Wisconsin St
City/State/Zip: Elkhorn, WI 53121
Delavan Lake Resort
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1 & 2 bedroom Condos
Distance: 13 miles
Phone: 1 (800) 430-8164
Address: 1505 South Shore Dr
City/State/Zip: Delavan, WI 53115
Sky Lodge Inn and Suites
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Distance: 13 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 728-9399
Address: 5560 State Rd 50
City/State/Zip: Delavan, WI 53115
Bella Vista Suites
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Distance: 6 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 248-2100
Address: 335 Wrigley Dr
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Best Western Woodstock
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Distance: 18 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 337-0065
Address: 990 Lake Ave
City/State/Zip: Woodstock, IL 60098
Quality Inn Woodstock
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Distance: 18 miles
Phone: 1 (817) 334-9600
Address: 1785 S. Eastwood Dr
City/State/Zip: Woodstock, IL 60098
Heritage Inn and Suites Harvard
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Distance: 15 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 943-0700
Address: 1701 S. Division St
City/State/Zip: Harvard, IL 60033
Drake Motel Richmond
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Distance: 14 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 7678-3501
Address: 8613 Route 12
City/State/Zip: Richmond, IL 60071
Super 8 Woodstock
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Distance: 18 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 337-8808
Address: 1220 Davis Rd
City/State/Zip: Woodstock, IL 60098
Super 8 Crystal Lake
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Distance: 28 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 788-8888
Address: 577 Crystal Point
City/State/Zip: Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Super 8 McHenry
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Distance 24 miles
Phone: 1 (815) 344-9200
Address: 110 S IL Route 31
City/State/Zip: McHenry, IL 60050
American Burlington
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Distance 22 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 534-2125
Address: 2709 Browns Lake Dr
City/State/Zip: Burlington, WI 53105
Baymont Inn
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Distance: 30 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 530-4100
Address: 750 Fox Ln
City/State/Zip: Waterford, WI 53185
Geneva Wells Motel
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Distance 6 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 248-1809
Address: 1060 Wells St
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Quality Inn & Suites
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Distance: 20 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 642-2100
Address: 2921 O'Leary Ln
City/State/Zip: East Troy, WI 53120
Fontana Country Inn & Suites
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Distance: 20 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 642-2100
Address: W5869 Brick Church Road
City/State/Zip: Fontana, WI 53125
Hampton Inn Burlington
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Distance 19 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 767-1900
Address: 400 Dodge Street
City/State/Zip: Burlington, WI 53105


Big Foot Beach State Park
Distance: 5 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 248-2528
Address: 1452 S. Wells St
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Coachman's Terrace
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Distance: 9 miles
Phone: 1 (262) 248-3636
Address: W3540 State Road 50
City/State/Zip: Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Snug Harbor
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Distance: 27 miles
Phone: 1 (608) 883-6999
Address: W7772 Wisconsin Pkwy
City/State/Zip: Delvan, WI 53115
Walworth County Fairground
Rate: 45; Electric & Water at each site
For Reservations Contact Stacey Sherman, Hospitality Chairman
Distance: 17 miles
City/State/Zip: Elkhorn, IL 53121


Contact Information

For more information about Walworth County Farm Technology Days:

Email Us:

Commercial Exhibits:
Anna Maenner, Exhibit Coordinator, 920-478-3852
Tiffany Chadwick, Exhibitor Services, 920-350-5364

Jim Stowell, Executive Chair
2015 FTD Executive Committee
Phone: 262-492-6326

Peg Reedy, Executive Secretary
2014 FTD Executive Committee
Phone: 262-741-4961

Volunteer Contact Number
Phone: 262-741-4223

Elite Sustaining Sponsors

John Deere
Rural Mutual Insurance

Sustaining Sponsors

WFTD Sponsor Mills Fleet Farm
The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.