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Ag Expo Starts Tomorrow!
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MSU Ag Expo will begin on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Ag Expo Media Advisory

July 19–21
Michigan State University (MSU)
Corner of Farm Lane and Mount Hope Road
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
General information: 1-800-366-7055
For media assistance before or during the show, contact Eileen Gianiodis at 517-242-4753.

The annual Ag Expo Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., Tuesday, July 19 in the Food Tent (red and white striped tent toward the back of the show grounds). A program, featuring MSU President LouAnna K. Simon, CANR Interim Dean Doug Buhler, MSU Extension Director Tom Coon and Gov. Rick Snyder begins at 7:30 a.m.

For pedestrian safety, TV vehicles should use Expo's west gate (next to the MSU Credit Union on Crescent Drive). All other media units should use the gate from Mt. Hope. Golf carts will be available at the headquarters tent each day for media use on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 32nd annual Ag Expo will feature more than 235 commercial farm equipment and supply exhibits and dozens of educational exhibits from MSU departments and programs on the 35-acre main site.

New this year, visitors can learn about equine care, feeding and other educational aspects of the industry all three days; animal mortality management demonstrations and educational sessions will take place; and Michigan AgrAbility will feature equipment and educational sessions.

Back by popular demand, visitors can test-drive large tractors in a ride-and-drive demonstration, see seed plots featuring a number of soybean varieties and listen to presenters discuss such topics as wind energy, pasture-based dairying, farm financing and honey bee production.

The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) “Science of Agriculture and Natural Resources” tent will host 30 exhibits and learning stations presented by departments and other units in the college, including hands-on children’s activities, a look at MSU Extension’s “I Know MI Numbers” programs and Master Gardener tips, daily.

The MSU Dairy Store will provide free ice cream. Donations to the CANR Alumni Association Scholarship Fund are welcome.

The Ag Expo VIP Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19. Speakers will include Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU president, and Doug Buhler, interim dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Legislators and agricultural leaders attend the breakfast, which will be held in the large red and white striped tent near the west gate.

Other Ag Expo highlights include an FFA tractor driving contest for young people (July 19 following the breakfast); a garden tractor pull (July 19 following the FFA tractor driving contest); an antique tractor pull hosted by the Leslie Tractor Club (July 20 at 9 a.m.); and an antique tractor pull hosted by the Michigan Tractor Pullers Association (July 21 at 9 a.m.).