January 5, 2007

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Whether you’re fishing for the newest farm technology, the latest in outdoor equipment, the best health and nutrition advice, or just want to go fishing, plan to attend Ag Expo 2007, Jan. 19 and 20 at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The expo features seminars on a variety of topics and a 118-booth trade show. One of the displays will be the “Show-Me Missouri Fish” Mobile Aquarium. The aquarium is 40 feet long, contains 3,200 gallons of water and will have 25 different species of Missouri’s native fish. The fish swim among rocks, logs and plants, which lend a natural setting to a fascinating exhibit.

Fisheries biologists will demonstrate fishing tips and techniques from atop the aquarium. They will also discuss the ecology of fish and how seasonal behavior, distribution and habitats relate to recreational fishing. Demonstrations will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers Community College sponsor the two-day event. Admission is free.

Seminars on Friday include the latest on artificial sweeteners, dealing with arthritis, managing horse pastures, corn production fundamentals, managing woodlands, duck management for hunting and tips for raising meat goats.

Saturday, workshop sessions include discussions of Missouri fence law, gardening tips for southeast Missouri and the latest recreational activities at nearby Lake Wappapello.

Entertainment events include gospel, jazz and contemporary music performances; beauty pageants; toy tractor pedal pull contests for youth ages four to nine; and a duck calling contest for youth and adults.

There also will be tractor-driving contests for youth, a “super farmer” contest, and a petting farm, as well as contests for milking, ag photography and baking.

For more information on Ag Expo, contact the MU Extension Center in Butler County, 222 N. Broadway, Poplar Bluff, Mo., or call (573) 686-8064.

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