Ag Expo Media Advisory

posted on July 16, 2012 10:27am

CONTACT: Eileen Gianiodis
517-432-1555, ext. 230, OR 517-242-4753 cell

Michigan’s Ag Expo
July 17-19
Michigan State University
Corner of Farm Lane and Mount Hope Road
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
General information: 1-800-366-7055

For media assistance before or during the show, contact Eileen Gianiodis at 517-242-4753.

For pedestrian safety, TV vehicles should use Expo’s west gate (next to the MSU Credit Union on Crescent Drive). All other media units should use the gate from Mt. Hope. Golf carts will be available at the headquarters tent each day for media use on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 33rd annual Ag Expo will feature more than 200 commercial farm equipment and supply exhibits and dozens of educational exhibits from MSU departments and programs on the 35-acre main site.

New this year, visitors can learn about stock dog training, llama products and care, and animal mortality management. A variety of other demonstrations and education sessions will take place.

Back by popular demand, visitors can test-drive
large tractors in a ride-and-drive demonstration, see seed plots featuring a
number of soybean varieties, and listen to presenters discuss such topics as
wind energy, pasture-based dairying, farm financing and honeybee production.

The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will have hands-on
exhibits and learning stations presented by MSU Extension, departments and
other units in the college as well as Master Gardener tips daily.

The MSU Dairy Store will provide free ice cream to anyone who donates to the
CANR Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

The Ag Expo VIP Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday (July 17). Speakers will
include Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU president, and Doug Buhler, interim dean of the
MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as Gov. Rick Snyder.
Legislators and agricultural leaders attend the breakfast, which will be held
in the large red and white striped tent near the west gate.

Other Ag Expo highlights include an FFA tractor driving contest for young
people (July 17 following the VIP breakfast); a garden tractor pull (July 17
following the FFA tractor driving contest); an antique tractor pull hosted by
the Leslie Tractor Club (July 18 at 9 a.m.); and an antique tractor pull hosted
by the Michigan Tractor Pullers Association (July 19 at 9 a.m.).

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