Visitors to the 29th annual Ag Expo can explore exhibits and view demonstrations featuring equipment
Visitors to the 29th annual Ag Expo can explore exhibits and view demonstrations featuring equipment and other products and services of interest to farmers and agribusinesses. They can also learn about research, teaching and outreach programs conducted through the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and MSU Extension.
In addition to the CANR tent and a toy tractor sales tent, this year’s event will feature new activities including demonstrations of sprayers, compact tractors and front-end loaders. Farmers can compare various manufacturers’ products before deciding on a purchase.
The expo will also feature two days of tractor pulling contests, an annual favorite. The garden tractor pull takes place Tuesday afternoon (July 15), and the antique tractor pull Wednesday afternoon (July 16). The FFA state tractor driving competition will be held Tuesday morning.
“I’m very pleased with how this year’s show has come together,” said Kirk Heinze, Ag Expo director. “There will be great new demonstrations and ride-and-drive events, but we’ll still feature many of the activities people have come to expect from Ag Expo, such as the CANR educational tent and the tractor pulls.
“New this year will be a tent for vendors to conduct special educational programs,” Heinze added. “For example, there will be presentations on biofuels and opportunities for Ag Expo visitors to earn RUP [restricted-use pesticide] credits in this new area.”
About 16,500 visitors attended Ag Expo last year, an increase of about 6 percent over 2006. Last year, about 250 commercial vendors and 30 educational exhibitors took part.
Ag Expo features commercial farm equipment from throughout the Midwest and several Canadian provinces on the 35-acre main exhibition site and the 40-acre field demonstration area, as well as educational exhibits from several MSU colleges and departments.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 and 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road are free. Because of the construction on Farm Lane, the Ag Expo parking area and grounds will be accessible only from Farm Lane.
For more information about Ag Expo, call 800-366-7055 or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu.
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