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agepo2.jpgHaving fun at the 2010 Michigan Ag Expo!

What do alpacas, stock dogs, large equipment and Sesquicentennial swirl have in common? They will all be featured as part of next week's 33rd Annual Michigan Ag Expo! Thousands of farmers and non-farmers alike will be heading to Michigan State University's campus July 17-19 to peruse the rows and visit with several of the 200 exhibitors on display. As the largest outdoor farm show in the state, this year there are several new education sessions and demonstrations on a variety of topics.

New this year as part of the demonstrations offered is an alpaca presentation. Visitors will have a chance to learn about alpaca products and more on this specialty industry. For the traditional agriculturalists, ride and drive demonstrations of the latest tractors, telehandlers and tillage equipment, as well as mortality composting and side-by-side seed plot trials will be available as well.

1243295_c258820f.jpgNumerous education sessions will be running throughout the three day event, with a

New to the Michigan Ag Expo, alpacas!

large emphasis on legal issues on the farm. From succession and estate planning, trucking laws and food labeling, attorneys specializing in agricultural issues will be taking questions from participants. Educational sessions on beekeeping, gardening and food preservations will also be offered.

Whether you come out looking to learn more about Michigan's agricultural industry or are an annual attendee, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources tent is a top attraction, not only giving out free MSU Dairy Store ice cream, but also providing hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. New this year, the Breakfast on the Farm events will be featured with what they are doing around the state.

Did I mention tractor pulls? From FFA members competing in tractor pulling to antique tractors, the southwest side of the grounds is the destination to start your engines! Or how about it's free to the public? Park your car and come on in, there's no parking fee and no entrance fee at Ag Expo.

Looking across the way at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, during the week of Ag Expo, the Michigan Livestock Expo and Dairy Days will have a variety of livestock from around the state competing in shows throughout the week. Feel free to cross the road and see some of the state's premiere animals.

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No kid goes home with a "totally missed" target

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