Industry experts present annual exhibition

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Extension specialists and agricultural industry experts will present a variety of informative presentations during Ag Progress Days, set to be held Aug. 12-14 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45.

According to a press release from Penn State University, Ag Progress Days is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Workshops are designed to provide information to every visitor – whether they are agricultural producers, home gardners, natural-gas lease holders or water-well or pond owners, the release states.

“By taking as little as 30 minutes of your time, you can learn something that might help you increase your farm’s profitability, take advantage of energy-related opportunities, enhance the enjoyment of your lawn and landscape or protect the quality and safety of our water resources,” said Bob Oberheim, event manager, in the release.

Presentation topics range from energy conservation, shale energy development, on-farm renewable energy sources and smart energy-buying practices to what’s new in agricultural, insights on animal handling and managing ponds.

Visitors also can participate in discussions with government officials, industry representatives and educators about the 2014 Farm Bill, the release states.

Presentations will be offered at two locations on the Ag Progress Days site – the theatre in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building, between East Ninth and East 10th streets on Main Street, and in the new Farm Family Learning Center, on Main Street and East Ninth Street.