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Those attending the 2014 Michigan Ag Expo will have the opportunity to delve into multiple interest areas related to agriculture. The Expo grounds will be transformed into an outdoor classroom July 22-24 as current research findings will be presented by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension educators.


Source: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Mariah Montenegro, montene1@anr.msu.edu

Never Stop Learning at Ag Expo


Those attending the 2014 Michigan Ag Expo will have the opportunity to delve into multiple interest areas related to agriculture. The Expo grounds will be transformed into an outdoor classroom July 22-24 as current research findings will be presented by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension educators. The CANR tent will also offer hands-on activities for children, such as Michigan 4-H games and book giveaways, “can it!” bingo to learn about food preservation, and the always-popular baby chicken booth, as well as MSU Dairy Store ice cream.

Education sessions will cover topics in food production, energy and the environment. Specific topics include:
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones): Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture makes it possible to take rapid measurements spanning large land areas without disturbing plants. MSU uses data from UAVs to evaluate crop rotation, planting dates, irrigation and fertilizer use, as well as project crop yields and their impact on the land. Learn about the technology behind UAVs and how to incorporate it on your farm at 1:30 p.m. July 22 (Tuesday); 1 p.m. July 23; and 2:30 p.m. July 24 in the CANR tent.
  • Smart Gardening: Various Smart Gardening sessions will be offered during Ag Expo. Learn how to grow better tomatoes during the smart tomatoes session, at 10 a.m. July 24. Smart soil testing will explain how the MSU soil test works in your garden at 10 a.m. July 23.  Both sessions will take place in the CANR tent.
  • Preserving the farm -- for you and your successors: Join the Fraleigh Law Firm as they survey estate, tax and other developments that can affect farming operation at 11:30 a.m. July 22-24 in the CANR tent. Topics covered include tax strategy, succession planning and avoiding planning pitfalls.
  • Rainfall Simulation Expands Knowledge of Soil for Crop Production: On the Ag Expo grounds, participants will witness how much water moves off or infiltrates into soil. Discussions will look at alternatives to ensure soil health such and ways to adapt tillage equipment to optimize water flow and crop development. Sessions will be offered in the Crop and Soil Sciences Area at 2 p.m. July 22 and 1:30 p.m. July 24
  • Soil is the Foundation to Grow On: The MSU Extension Soil Pit, located on the west end of the Ag expo ground, demonstrates the downside of getting on a field too soon. Visitors will see compaction layers and how compaction impairs root development at 10:30 a.m. July 22-24 in the Crop and Soil Sciences Area.
Want to learn more? A full schedule of educational and demonstration sessions is available online at http://agexpo.msu.edu/. Stay connected using the hashtag #MiAgExpo on Twitter at @MichiganAgExpo and Facebook, at http://on.fb.me/1orcfPl.

The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 22 and 23, and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road are free.

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