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Ag Expo Sees Highest Attendance
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More than 18,000 people visited Ag Expo July 17-19 to see vendors specializing in everything from equipment to feed to services. Visitors also enjoyed stock dog, alpaca product and tillage demonstrations as well as ride-and-drive opportunities and dozens of educational sessions.


Source: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis at 517-432-1555, ext. 230

Ag Expo Sees Highest Attendance in Recent History


Michigan Ag Expo 2012 saw its highest attendance numbers in recent history, organizers said.

More than 18,000 people visited Ag Expo July 17-19 to see vendors specializing in everything from equipment to feed to services. Visitors also enjoyed stock dog, alpaca product and tillage demonstrations as well as ride-and-drive opportunities and dozens of educational sessions.

According to Ag Expo director Kris Hynes, the total attendance for this year’s show was 18,250. “We were thrilled by the excellent response we received from visitors and exhibitors alike,” she said. “Our focus this year was to increase our educational opportunities for all of our visitors, and we accomplished that goal. Overall, we are pleased that all the hard work and effort paid off for our community.”

Ag Expo drew about 250 commercial vendors and more than 30 educational exhibitors, many of whom showcased MSU research, teaching and Extension work in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) tent.

Hynes noted that many growers took advantage of drought assistance from MSU Extension educators.

Visitors to the CANR tent contributed $2,100 to support CANR scholarships and enjoyed complimentary ice cream from the MSU Dairy Store. Hands-on activities in the CANR tent saw the MSU Extension educators bring a version of Breakfast on the Farm to the tent, as well as an opportunity for families to see chickens hatching and several educational presentations.

Ag Expo 2013 is set for July 16-18 on the show grounds at the corner of Mt. Hope Road and Farm Lane. Visit the website at www.agexpo.msu.edu.