“You Heard It Here First”—New Educational Speaker Series Set For Ag Expo

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Demonstrations of equipment and products, displays and educational exhibits have been mainstays of Ag Expo since the event was launched 29 years ago. This year, a new component will be added to the show, set for July 15-17 on the MSU campus—presentations by speakers in a new tent with the theme “You Heard It Here First.”

The show will kick off July 15 with a 9 a.m. talk by MSU Extension educator Mike Staton about improving tractor fuel efficiency.

At 10:15 a.m., Michael Fraleigh, attorney and counselor-at-law for the Fraleigh Law Firm, P.L.L.C., will talk about issues related to farm transfers, including intergenerational transfers, meeting the needs of on-farm and off-farm children, ensuring the older generation has a sufficient cash flow without crippling the succeeding farm generation with debt, and protecting a farming operation from being split up in the event of a divorce.

The two succeeding presentations will focus on biofuels. At 11:30 a.m., a representative of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan will discuss ethanol, and at 1 p.m., a representative from Crystal Flash will focus on biodiesel. Staton’s fuel efficiency talk will be repeated at 2:15 p.m.

On July 16, Ag Expo visitors can attend a presentation about sprayer calibration and earn three restricted-use pesticide (RUP) applicator credits. That program will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $30 before the event or $35 on site. Register or learn more online or call Carolyn Randall in the MSU Pesticide Safety Education office at 517-353-5147.

The biodiesel presentation will be repeated at 1 p.m. July 16 and followed by a repeat of the transition planning talk at 2:15 p.m. and the tractor fuel efficiency talk at 3:30 p.m.

Visitors who don’t catch the presentations on the previous days can plan to attend the show July 17 to hear the following topics addressed again:

  • 9 a.m.: fuel efficiency in tractors.
  • 10:15 a.m.: transitional planning for farms.
  • 11:30 p.m.: ethanol.
  • 1 p.m.: biodiesel.
  • 2:15 p.m.: fuel efficiency in tractors.

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 Mt. Hope.

For more information about Ag Expo, call 800-366-7055 or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu.

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