Ag Progress Days features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event celebrates the forty-second year to be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, Pa. It is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major University. Our exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry.
With close to 500 exhibitors from 34 states and 4 provinces of Canada, we have something for everyone. Each year, farming families from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states attend this three-day event. Of the 45,000 expected attendees, over 60 percent are actively engaged in agriculture or related professions. Come and learn about the latest innovations in the agricultural industry and spend your day with Penn State Extension educators.
Ag Progress Days features include:
- 80+ acres for crops and machinery demonstrations
- 55 acres for indoor and outdoor exhibits
ROCK SPRINGS – The 2014 Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences AG PROGRESS Days August 12-14 in Rock Springs features a wide variety of programs, several of which are listed below. (Complete listing at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd/events)
- Marcellus Shale: August 12 includes no fewer than five programs including Post-Leasing Issues for Landowners and Negotiating Natural Gas Pipeline Easements in Agricultural Land. In addition, DEP will present a program on how Marcellus Shale natural gas resources are regulated as well as describing proposed revisions currently under consideration.
- Public Policy: Farm Bill Dairy Margin Protection; Public Forum on 2014 Farm Bill and State of PA Agriculture; House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Public Hearing. These are all on August 13.
- Conservation/Environment: USDA Agricultural Research Service is presenting a program August 14 on Riparian conservation for managed grazing lands. It ties conservation objectives (habitat, nutrients, sediments) to agricultural production objectives (watering source, maximizing land productivity) with management options (moveable fence, flash grazing).ROCK SPRINGS
ROCK SPRINGS – An Ag Progress Days staple are the research tours ranging from habitat for deer and other wildlife to management tactics for high yielding soybeans.
Some other tours include woodlot management, stream (riparian) buffers and native prairie grasses, short rotation woody crops for biomass, Penn State’s Deer Research Center; pasture management, American Chestnut Foundation plantings, etc.
In addition, a tour of the High Tunnel Research & Education Facility demonstrates current production systems and horticultural crops that can be produced in high tunnels. Complete list of tours is found at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd/events/tours
PSCFO Recognizes Pechart
PSCFO’s June Council meeting recognized former PDA official Michael Pechart who served under Governors of both parties for eleven years and who retired from PDA earlier this year to take a private sector position. He was a huge resource for PDA and for the entire Agricultural Community.
Huber Re-Elected to PSU Board
In addition, Immediate Past PSCFO President Betsy Huber was re-elected to the
Penn State Board of Trustees. Congrats Betsy!
The Council voted unanimously to rate all three Penn State Trustee candidates as qualified. Two are incumbents seeking re-election, past PSCFO President Betsy Huber and current Trustees Chairman Keith Masser. The third candidate is former state representative Jess Stairs (R-Westmoreland). All three made presentations to the Board.
If you would like copies of their bios, please contact PSCFO at firstname.lastname@example.org.