MSUToday
Published: July 15, 2011

32nd annual Ag Expo to take place July 19-21

Contact(s): Eileen Gianiodis Agriculture and Natural Resources office: (517) 432-1555, ext. 230 cell: (517) 242-4753 gianiod1@msu.edu

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Ag Expo, Michigan's largest outdoor farm show, returns to the Michigan State University campus July 19–21 for the 32nd time, bringing a variety of educational and commercial activities and exhibits to the state's agricultural community as well as to homeowners, families and anyone who wants to know more about the state's second-largest industry.
          
This year, Ag Expo will bring participants the latest technology in agriculture production, current research findings from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty and a full schedule of demonstrations and educational sessions to help manage farms and businesses at their best.
          
Across the expo grounds, more than 200 exhibitors will feature products and services that help Michigan agriculture producers continue to succeed.
          
"It's an opportunity to check out the latest models of tractors, sprayers and dairy equipment or compare seed and fertilizer varieties. You can sit in on more than 50 educational sessions about everything from rotational grazing and energy audits to hoophouses and social media," said Ag Expo director Ruth Hohl Borger.
          
Demonstrations on tillage, mortality composting, sprayer calibration, cattle handling and equine management are available, too. Visitors can test-drive large frame tractors and skid steers.
          
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources along with MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch, formerly the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, continue to serve Michigan residents to improve farm profits, agribusiness development and personal quality of life, Borger said.
          
"Ag Expo is one of the ways we meet these goals," she said. "We collectively aim to create and retain jobs throughout Michigan, improve the health of people, places and animals, and discover new knowledge that can help you expand your business and improve your life. Through our ongoing research, teaching and outreach programs, we help millions of Michigan residents across the state move forward. Together we are working to grow Michigan’s $71.3 billion agriculture and agri-foods industry to new levels."
          
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 19-20, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 21. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road are free.
          
For more information about Ag Expo, call (800) 366-7055 or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu. The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsors Ag Expo.

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Ag Expo 2011 will be held July 19-21 at Michigan State University.

Ag Expo 2011 will be held July 19-21 at Michigan State University.

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