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Find 'hot' and 'need-to-know' topics at Ag Progress Days

Nearly 100 events and 490 exhibits come together at next week's Ag Progress Days with "hot" issues and new ag tech mixing it up.

John Vogel

August 11, 2016

3 Min Read

The American Agriculturist article “APD shines with ag tech answers” reported on the roughly 490 exhibits, new tech, field demos and special educational tours during Penn State Ag Progress Days. Close to 100 programs and events are scheduled for the show on Aug. 16-18.

Check APD events to gather more details. But here are a few “hot” topics on the list:

• GMOs will be covered at 3 p.m. Aug. 16, session in the College Exhibits Building Theatre.

• Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will host a town hall on implanting the federal Food Safety Modernization Act on 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16, in Red Barn downstairs. RSVP Erin Smith at 717-

772-4365 or [email protected]


• Dairy issues will be the subject of a joint informational session on Aug. 17, conducted by the House and Senate Ag and Rural Affairs committees, concerning Milk Marketing Orders payments, also in the College Exhibits Building and Theater.

• The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center will host three listening sessions with producers and others to share “Pennsylvania in the Balance” conference outcomes and gather input on how to meet the dual goals of vibrant agriculture and clean water. The sessions will be Aug. 17 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Special Events Building, and on Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon at the College Exhibits Building and Theater, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Farm Family Learning Center Building.

AgBiz Masters hosts David Kohl
David Kohl, distinguished professor emeritus from Virginia Tech, will be visiting Ag Progress Days at the AgBiz Masters tent on Aug. 17. Farmers are invited to two sessions:
• “Views from the road,” from 12 to 12:30 p.m., an economic update on the agricultural industry
• “10 steps to preparing your farm business for the future” from 1 to 1:30 p.m., which targets young and beginning farmers

Dairy producer ice cream social and heifer tour
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team will host a dairy producer and industry appreciation ice cream social on Aug. 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lower Red Barn on the Ag Progress Days grounds. This event will include an informative discussion on GMOs and an ice cream social followed by a free tour of the new dairy heifer facilities at Evergreen Farms. Register here. It all comes together at the Russell Larson Ag Research Center on State Route 45 near Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.

For old times’ sake
Stop at the wheat-threshing demonstrations to see a Champion threshing machine outside the Pasto Ag Museum at the show site. Also, listen to the “Axe Whisperer,” aka Master Farmer Jim Walizer, as he shares his passion for the history of timber, logging and forestry in Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit Ag Progress Days. Then pack up the family, set your GPS for 2710 West Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa., and roll out.

About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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