Ag Progress Days Preparations in Full Swing

7/13/2013 7:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Preparations are ramping up for Penn State’s 2013 Ag Progress Days exposition, which will be held Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs in Centre County.

Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the expo is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45. Admission and parking are free.

“Pennsylvania has a very diverse agricultural industry, and we try to make the event reflect that,” said Bob Oberheim, Ag Progress Days manager. “Visitors are sure to find something relevant to them, whether they operate a dairy or livestock farm, grow fruits or vegetables, produce wood products or tend a garden.”

With more than 480 commercial exhibitors expected to display the latest goods and services, Ag Progress Days provides one-stop shopping for producers.

Interactive educational exhibits, guided tours and workshops will highlight the latest science-based practices.

The College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theater will provide a hub for expert information and presentations on topics such as renewable energy, water quality and quantity, pest prediction and response, and issues in animal science and production.

Visitors also can get a glimpse of scientific research under way at the surrounding, 2,100-acre Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.

A new field demonstration this year will feature hay mergers and choppers, according to Oberheim. Returning machinery demonstrations will feature hay mowing, hay rakes and tedders, hay baling, bale handling and a new cover-crop interseeder developed by Penn State scientists.

Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 14; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 15.

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