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U of I Offers Up Fun, Information

U of I Offers Up Fun, Information

Look at everything from quarter-scale tractors to third-world soy milk production.

Be sure to stop by the University of Illinois tent sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The tent is located on West Progress Avenue, just south of the main entrance.

Organizers have an entire slate of daily activities planned, including daily shows featuring farm radio legend Orion Samuelson, on stage from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Todd Gleason will offer market updates at 2 p.m. each day, broadcasted live on WILL-AM radio. And each day at 3 p.m., a panel of U of I marketing experts will convene on stage to discuss and dissect the latest grain and livestock market information.

And for even more news you can use, be sure to tune into AM 1610 on your way to the show. During the morning drive times, U of I Extension staff will offer up show traffic and parking updates, and preview selected show attractions. The temporary radio station is exclusively for Farm Progress Show information, and can be picked up anywhere within seven miles of the show site.

Officials with the National Soybean Research Laboratory will also hand out soy milk samples. The samples will be processed on-site by one of their new VitaGoat portable processors, which was created specifically for use in developing countries and built to run without electricity. And for more interactive exhibits, be sure to check out the 4-H wind power booth.

Throughout the show, plenty of folks from the career services and academic programs departments of the College of ACES will be on hand to answer questions and share more about the many careers available in agriculture. A special focus on young people is set for Wednesday, which is Ag Youth Day at the tent. Exhibit coordinator Kendra Courson expects a number of FFA groups from high schools across the state will stop by to visit. Four deans from the college will also be on hand to talk through curriculum options, campus life and opportunities both in and out of the classroom, specifically in the large number of ACES student organizations.

Alums: grab a bag

All College of ACES alums are invited to stop by the U of I tent for a free environmentally-friendly tote bag (while supplies last), in what else but…orange!

Tractor pulling on Tuesday

Be sure to check out the Illini Pullers, showing off their quarter-scale tractor pulling action throughout the day on Tuesday. The Illini Pullers are members of the student branch of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and their goal is to build the best quarter-scale pulling tractor in the world.

The pulls are a competition among several universities. At press time, in addition to the U of I, three other universities will be attending, including Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University and Purdue University. The pulls will be held on the south end of the show grounds, just outside gates 8 and 9, on the outside of the fence. 

TAGS: USDA Soybeans
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