The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has numerous exhibits and activities, including fun and active learning opportunities for young visitors, as part of Ag Progress Days, which takes place August 12-14 near State College. Information on a wide variety of agricultural issues will be available inside PFB's exhibit building, which is located at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Ag Research Center at East Fifth and Main Street on the Ag Progress Days grounds in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania.
"Ag Progress Days is a highlight of the summer for many farm families, because it offers an opportunity for farmers to learn more about new advances in agriculture and technology, obtain updated information on key issues impacting their businesses, and the chance to reconnect with other farmers and friends from across Pennsylvania," said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.
Ag Progress Days visitors are also invited to attend one of two panel discussions on farmer-generated data (or "Big Data"), which is an emerging issue throughout the agriculture community. Shaffer is one of seven members on the panel. For more information, visit www.farmergenerateddata.com
Listed below are some of the activities taking place inside PFB's exhibit building at Ag Progress Days:
Government Affairs and Communications
- Pennsylvania Farm Bureau staff will be on hand to provide information and handouts and answer questions on current issues impacting state agriculture, including information about the new proposed waters of the U.S. rule opposed by Pennsylvania farmers and farmers across the nation. Visitors will also have the opportunity to talk about PFB's legislative agenda, regulatory questions and opportunities that help farmers improve their bottom line.
Friends of Agriculture Foundation
- The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation will host an interactive exercise on pollination and provide information about honeybees and honey production in Pennsylvania. All children who take part in the exercise will receive a honeybee visor.
Young Farmer & Rancher Committee
- Members of the State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee (YF&R) are bringing back the popular pedal tractor pull for kids. Each child taking part in the tractor pull will receive a customized participant certificate. YF&R members will also discuss leadership development and other opportunities available to young farm families. In addition, committee volunteers will be accepting donation cards and cash contributions for the "Harvest for All" food drive.
Women's Leadership Committee
- Information about the Women's Leadership Committee and the role the committee plays in numerous efforts involving farm bureau. The women will also encourage others to volunteer to join the committee.
MSC Business Services
- Farm Management Service account supervisors will be available to discuss the many business services available through PFB, including record-keeping, tax planning and preparation; farm accounting software; and a no-hassle payroll service that takes the headaches out of payroll preparation.
- A PFB health services representative will be on hand with information on health care insurance available to members and associate members.
- Safemark representatives will be displaying farm and vehicle supplies available through Safemark dealers around the state, including tires, batteries and baler twine.
- PFB members are eligible for discounts on farm insurance from Nationwide. Agents will be present to also discuss savings for members on auto, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile and boat insurance, plus discounts on long-term care insurance.
- Amerigas, Energy Plus, Grainger and Case IH will have representatives on hand to talk about discounts available to members.
PFB's Ag Progress Days exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 14. Ag Progress Days is open to the public. For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days website at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd