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Ag Progress Opens Today

by on August 14, 2012 6:41 AM

For the 44th year, Penn State’s Ag Progress Days will showcase the many different aspects of the agriculture sciences, from food production to energy creation.

Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the three-day event will be held at the Russel E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College.

Ag Progress Days will feature more than 55 acres of exhibits, 80 acres of crop and machinery demonstrations and tours allowing visitors to experience the scientific research currently being done by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Bob Oberheim, Ag Progress Days manager, said the different exhibits, demonstrations and tours serve many purposes for the College of Agricultural Sciences, the public and the exhibitors.

“It allows the College of Agricultural Sciences to highlight for the public and producers the land-grant research and cutting-edge technologies that drive our food system. Also, consumers can learn more about how their food is produces and get information on health and nutrition, home gardening and other topics that can help improve their daily lives,” he said. “In addition, commercial exhibitors can interact with the agricultural audience and showcase their equipment and services.”

College specialists, government and industry representatives and more than 450 exhibitors will discuss the latest agricultural technology. They will also be available to answer questions pertaining to things like crops, animal science, and farm safety.

In addition to the farm-specific exhibits, energy will once again be a focus at Ag Progress Days, similar to years past.

Exhibit visitors will be able learn about solar, wind and biofuel energy, as well as collect fact-based and up-to-date information relating to the hot-topic of Marcellus Shale drilling.

Tom Murphy, extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research said the development of the Marcellus Shale had impacted the agricultural community in many ways.

“Our focus this year at Ag Progress Days will be to present science-based information on topics ranging from the latest research on industry workforce development to remediation techniques after pipeline installation and many other subjects in-between,” he said.

Other research topics will include improving agricultural yields and efficiency, minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture and developing new sources of biobased energy.

Exhibits, tours and demonstrations will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Event admission and parking are free.

For more information and a complete schedule of Ag Progress Days, visit

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Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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