Farming Magazine - August, 2014

SUMMER SHOW SUPPLEMENT

2014 Ag Progress Days Show Information

August 12-14, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania


Photos by Stephanie Peake.

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, is held annually during three days in August. Scheduled for August 12-14 this year, Ag Progress Days features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the event is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, located in Pennsylvania Furnace, 9 miles southwest of State College. It is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major university. The exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry.

With more than 490 exhibitors and vendors from 34 states and four provinces of Canada, there is something for everyone. Each year, farming families from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states attend this three-day event. Of the 45,000 expected attendees, over 60 percent are actively engaged in agriculture or related professions. Come and learn about the latest innovations in the agricultural industry and spend your day with Penn State Extension educators.

The event features more than 80 acres for crops and machinery demonstrations, as well as 55 acres for indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Demonstrations

  • Field machinery and crops
  • Horse training and health
  • Home and farm safety
  • Gardening and beekeeping
  • Cooking and nutrition
  • Grazing and pasture management

Educational Presentations and Tours

  • Dairy, livestock, poultry and equine
  • Field and forage
  • Energy and environmental resources
  • Horticulture and landscaping
  • Entrepreneurship and business management
  • Woodlot and wildlife management

Interactive Events and Activities

  • Pasto Agricultural Museum
  • 4-H program opportunities
  • Health screenings and safety
  • "MyPlate" healthy meals
  • FFA activities

Youth and Family Fun

  • Friendly bugs, bunnies and robots
  • Native wildlife exhibits
  • A-Maze-N Corn
  • Pedal go-kart derby
  • Kids' tree climb

Show Information

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 14. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 814-865-2081, email agprogressdays@psu.edu or visit http://apd.psu.edu.