Ag Expo is almost here

Don’t miss Ag Expo this year. Sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the event runs July 20 through July 22 at the corner of Farm Lane and Mount Hope Road on the Michigan State University campus. Of course, there will be the usual favorite commercial farm equipment and supply exhibits, and experts will be on hand to answer questions and give educational sessions and demonstrations. Visitors love the tractor pulls and enjoy eating the delicious food offered by vendors.

New this year is a grain engulfment simulator that will demonstrate a real-life simulation where a person will be rescued from an avalanche of flowing grain. The simulator is from Northeast Iowa Community College, the headquarters for the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), and is being sponsored by the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. Educational safety sessions will be held afterward to address other farm safety issues. They will be conducted by MSU Extension educators Mike Staton, Phil Kaatz and Fred Springborn. The sessions will include important tips on traffic safety, grain bin sanitation safety and various harvest safety topics.

Also new are stock dog training demonstrations by Jeanne Weaver, which will include among other things, how to carry on a conversation with your dog using whistles. Now that should be an interesting conversation! A REAL breakthrough would be in helping people to communicate with their cats.

Don’t miss the fun and the chance to learn something new! For details, visit

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  1. Tom Coon

    I neglected to include Fred Springborn in the list of names of those who are conducting the farm safety demonstrations at Ag Expo this week. Fred has been part of the team with Mike Staton and Phil Kaatz, and Mike wanted to be sure to acknowledge Fred’s contributions as well. Thanks to all three!