In a year when everything is bigger and better at the Farm Progress Show, the University of Illinois exhibit is no exception. The tent is located on West Progress Avenue, just south of the main entrance.
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences tent will feature the largest group of exhibitors in history, says Kendra Courson, special events director for the College of ACES. "Over 21 units from the College of ACES and Extension will be exhibiting," she adds.
Among the highlights are an exhibit jointly presented by U of I Extension's Local Foods, Small Farms teams and their Nutrition and Wellness teams, which will promote health and wellness through locally grown foods.
Illinois 4-H will showcase the STEM program - science, technology, engineering and math - through an exhibit that provides robotic demonstrations.
And, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will coordinate two live demonstrations. The first features corn and rice extrusion, which is commonly used to produce foods such as breakfast cereals, pasta and animal feed. The second display will show a conversion from grain to a fermentable mash, which is a process commonly used to create ethanol or other alcohols. Bonus: visitors can try out a snack from the extruder!
As in past years, Orion Samuelson will provide a daily show each morning at 10:30 a.m. Live market reports and analysis will begin each afternoon at 2 p.m.
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.
Tractor pulling on Wednesday
Be sure to check out the Illini Pullers, showing off their quarter-scale tractor pulling action throughout the day on Wednesday. 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.
Orion Samuelson will be on hand from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday to sign copies of his new book, "You Can't Dream Big Enough." You won't want to miss the chance to get his signature on your copy!