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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

34th Annual Ag Expo, July 16-18 at Michigan State University

 34th Annual Ag Expo, July 16-18 at Michigan State University

Ag Expo, Michigan’s largest outdoor farm show, returns to the Michigan State University (MSU) campus July 16-18 for the 34th 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 agriculture. 

This year, Ag Expo will bring participants the latest technology in agricultural production, current research findings from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) faculty, and a full schedule of demonstrations and educational sessions to help manage farms and businesses at their best.

“Ag Expo is one of those events that really pulls people in from all over the state,” said CANR Dean Fred Poston. “I’m looking forward to getting back there. There’s something for everyone at Ag Expo, from the novice grower to the experienced farmer.”

Across the expo grounds, nearly 250 exhibitors will feature products and services that help Michigan agricultural producers continue to succeed.

Demonstrations on equine pastures, sprayers, tillage, mortality composting and biodiesel processing will be available. Visitors can test drive wheel loaders, telehandlers and skid steers. Wheelchair users can test drive chairs in tough terrain and learn about customized tools to make jobs around the farm easier.  Youth can try their hand at a simulated commodities marketing display in the CANR tent. MI-Alpaca will be on hand to demonstrate the spinning and skirting of alpaca fleece. Additionally, this year, senior CANR leaders will provide an update on college activities.

“We take great pride in Ag Expo,” Poston said. “It’s a great place to showcase the work that’s being done in our college, MSU Extension and AgBioReseach. We are looking forward to connecting with our alumni, stakeholders and friends throughout the week of Expo.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 16 and 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18. 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.