Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has announced exhibits and activities as part of Ag Progress Days, which takes place August 18 to 20 near State College.  Information on a wide variety of agricultural issues will be available inside PFB’s exhibit building, which is located at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Ag Research Center at East Fifth and Main Street on the Ag Progress Days grounds in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania.

“Ag Progress Days is a highlight of the summer for many farm families, because it offers an opportunity for farmers to learn more about new advances in agriculture and technology, obtain updated information on key issues impacting their businesses and the chance to reconnect with other farmers and friends from across Pennsylvania,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.

Government Affairs and Communications – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau staff will be on hand to provide information, handouts and answer questions on current issues impacting state agriculture. Visitors will also have the opportunity to talk about PFB’s national and state legislative agenda, regulatory questions and opportunities that help farmers improve their bottom line.

Friends of Agriculture Foundation – The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation will have its new “Ag on the Go” sports utility vehicle on display and information about how the new “Ag on the Go” program will provide agriculture education opportunities to children in urban school districts typically not served by the foundation’s Mobile Ag Ed Science Labs.  In addition, the nutritional benefits of beef will be the focus of an interactive display called “Beef Up Your Diet,” which is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Beef Council.  As part of the fun, young visitors will receive a beef cattle visor and a take home activity page.

Young Farmer & Rancher Committee ­– Members of the State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee (YF&R) will be encouraging children to take on the challenge of the popular pedal tractor pull.  Each participant will receive a free drawstring backpack.  Meanwhile, YF&R members will host an information booth to discuss leadership development and other opportunities available to young farm families.  The committee will also conduct a drawing in which a lucky person ranging in age from 18-35 will receive a free PFB membership.

Women’s Leadership Committee – The Women’s Leadership Committee will provide some kid-friendly activities in its exhibit area, focusing on the Farmtastic book, “The Apple Orchard Riddle,” which was selected as the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Book of the Year.  Members of the Women’s Leadership Committee will read the Margaret McNamara authored book to children several times each day.  In addition, the ladies will use an apple tree as a prop for children to learn more about apple production.  Questions about apples will be placed on the tree, and children will be able to pull the questions from the tree and have those questions answered by committee members.

MSC Business Services – Farm Management Service account supervisors will be available to discuss the many business services available through PFB, including recordkeeping, tax planning and preparation; farm accounting software and computer leasing; and a no-hassle payroll service that takes the headaches out of payroll tax preparation.

Health Insurance – A Farm Bureau Health Services representative will be on hand with information on health care insurance available to members and associate members.

Safemark – Safemark representatives will be displaying farm and vehicle supplies available through Safemark dealers around the state, including tires, batteries and baler twine.

Nationwide Insurance ­– PFB members are eligible for discounts on farm insurance from Nationwide.  Agents will be present to also discuss savings for members on auto, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile and boat insurance, plus discounts on long-term care insurance.

Member Benefits – Amerigas, Energy Plus and Grainger will have representatives on hand to talk about discounts available to Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members