Episode 51

IT'S SHOWTIME - AGAIN with Kris Kiser, CEO OPEI (US) and Martin Rickatson

Published on: 28th October, 2021

With shows and exhibitions back on the industry calendar, I catch up with Kris Kiser, CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) organiser of the annual lawn, garden and landscape EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky - and with UK based freelance journalist Martin Rickatson of JMR Agriculture who has just returned from the Italian EIMA show in Bologna.

Kris Kiser runs through the new branding for the Louisville Show for 2022, and both reflect on the two recent shows in the US and Europe.

With organisers having to stage virtual shows over the past 18 months, will trade shows return to normal - and might we see the emergence of hybrid events providing on-line access to show events?

Oh, and there's a brief cameo from Mulligan, star of the TurfMutt Foundation


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Inside AgriTurf
The farm and grass machinery business
Inside Agri-Turf speaks to those at the sharp-end of the farm and grass machinery industry which ranges from powerful 500hp farm tractors to lawnmowers for the home, via equipment used in the upkeep of golf courses, cricket and football grounds, parks and open spaces, forests and the care of the countryside.
As new technology and robotics come increasingly on-stream, we will talk to manufacturers, dealers, industry representatives and end-users in order to report on this fast-moving, innovative and essential sector that often flies under the radar of public recognition.

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Chris Biddle

Chris is an experienced journalist specialising in the farm and grass machinery market. He has worked for a major tractor manufacturer and been a managing director of a farm and grass machinery dealership in the West Country.
In 1988, he launched trade magazine, Service Dealer followed by TurfPro in 1998, selling both titles to Land Power Publications in 2015.
He was editor of Landwards, the professional journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) from 2008 until 2019 and is the recipient of the 2020 IAgrE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Land-Based industry.
Chris lives in Salisbury with his wife Trish, and is an avid cricket fan and member of the MCC for over 55 years.