Bringing Penn State to Pa. Farm Show

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Greg Stewart at Pa Farm Show
At January’s 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, Greg Stewart took grand champion Simmental bull and reserve grand champion female. For the third year in a row, Stewart has bred the bull test’s high-indexing Simmental. (Submitted photo)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Those interested in home gardening, preserving their own food and protecting water quality in their region will have an opportunity to learn more by visiting the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibits at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg.

Other college-related displays and activities will highlight 4-H youth-development programs offered statewide through Penn State Extension.

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ exhibit in the Main Hall will be the site of presentations throughout the week featuring Penn State Extension horticulture and food safety educators, Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards.

Sessions led by food safety Extension educators will cover the basics of home food preservation. A display area will feature free publications on freezing, canning and other topics, and Penn State Extension experts will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions.

The full schedule of presentations will be available online at http://agsci.psu.edu/farmshow/events.

Visitors at the main Penn State exhibit also will be able to engage with students and advisers from the College of Agricultural Sciences, who will be on hand throughout the show to answer questions about the college’s academic programs and the educational and career opportunities available in agriculture and related fields.

Prospective students and their families can learn more about the college’s 17 diverse majors, career paths, internships, student clubs and activities, and travel opportunities. Pennsylvania 4-H — which is administered by Penn State Extension — also will have a large presence, with educational and informative exhibits highlighting the opportunities that 4-H offers to youth, ages 5-18, in topics such as robotics, plant and animal sciences, entomology, and family and consumer sciences.

Youth projects

Many 4-H members enter their projects in Farm Show youth livestock shows and other competitive events, including the 4-H potato judging contest that takes place on Jan. 9. In addition, youth members who comprise the 4-H State Council will represent the organization at several events during the week, including the opening ceremonies.

At the 4-H Ag Learning Station, youth visitors will explore citizenship by identifying how their home county contributes to the state’s agricultural economy. Visitors will receive a “passport” of fun facts about their county, Pennsylvania and 4-H.

Throughout the complex, many other Farm Show events and activities depend on behind-the-scenes contributions from College of Agricultural Sciences personnel.

Well attended

Farm Show officials expect more than 500,000 spectators, some 6,000 animals, more than 10,000 competitive exhibits and about 300 commercial exhibitors at the eight-day event.

The show is held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 6-12, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 13. Admission is free, and parking is $15. For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.

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