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Ag research, gardening, therapeutic animals among highlights at Ag Progress Days

On Main Street near the Equine Exhibits Building, children can don safety equipment and harnesses and climb a tree like a professional arborist.
July 28, 2016

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State conducts nearly $100 million worth of research each year at research stations and in labs scattered across the commonwealth. Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition, which takes place Aug. 16-18, offers visitors a chance to see a sampling of these scientific studies, which contribute to a safe and plentiful food supply, a healthy environment and a vibrant agricultural sector. The event includes activities for children, gardening information and more:

Ag Progress Days tours to highlight Penn State agricultural research. Free, daily bus tours during the event will take attendees into the field at the surrounding, 2,000-acre Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center to learn about projects focusing on topics such as pasture and grazing management, precision ag, woodlot management, wildlife habitat and biofuel feedstocks.

Animals healing humans: Animal lovers may instinctively know it, but many people may not realize the therapeutic value of our domesticated four-legged friends. Visitors who come to the Equine Exhibits Building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18, can learn more about how animals help humans heal.

Youth activities: Children and their families can explore animals, plants and much more at Penn State's 2016 Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 16-18. Activities will keep kids active and entertained as they explore the event.

Gardening: New at the Yard and Garden area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18, visitors can learn about growing garlic, as well as flower arranging, growing herbs, square-foot gardening, hydroponics, pollinators and creating habitat for bees and butterflies, high-tunnels, potato varieties -- and have their questions about gardening answered by experts.

Rural history: The Pasto Agricultural Museum will be a busy place during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18, and all the activities relate to rural history.


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