What's New

A taste of demonstrations, exhibitors, and tours that were new features of Ag Progress Days 2016 New and interesting programs for the 2017 are currently in development, so check with us again in May 2017.


Drone Demos

Watch drones in action and learn about their uses in agriculture with Penn State researchers in front of West 1st Street.

Daily demonstrations at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday will be conducted with a commercial multi-rotor drone and include discussions about practical agricultural applications, safety, and operating policy.

Visit with experts on Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Red Barn Meeting Room to learn more.

Penn State and Commercial Exhibitor Cover Crop Plot

Several seed companies will have plantings in the field for the producer to compare them side by side in actual cover crop planting conditions.

Extension staff and company representatives will be available daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to answer questions.

Soil Pit Demonstrations

Visit a variety of exhibits and demonstration to learn what healthy soil is, why it's important, and what you can do to manage your soil health. Use the hands-on Web Soil Survey to see the difference between soils tilled and no-till systems. See how cover crops can improve your soil health.

Attend talks each day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn more.


Visit the College Exhibit Building

Take a walk down the Susquehanna River and explore the tributaries to learn about how the ingrained culture of stewardship in Agriculture is leading efforts to maintain a sustainable watershed landscape.

The utilization of water and land for growing crops, raising animals, and managing forests are highlighted with displays of best practices; while concurrently protecting the water from nutrient runoff, land from sediment loss, and cultivating renewable energy resources.

Exhibits represented:

  • Rearing Sustainable and Healthy Small Flocks, Poultry Science in the Department of Animal Science
  • Integrating Land and Water Stewardship, Environment and Natural Resources Institute
  • Fueling PA Progress with Field and Forest Bioenergy, NEWBio Consortium and Penn State Extension Renewable and Alternative Energy
  • Forests' Legacy and Your Legacy, Center for Private Forests at Penn State

Creating Habitat for Beneficial Insects to Help Manage Crop Pests? Stop by the Pollinator Garden

Find out how to manage your farmland for a wide variety of the beneficial insects that are the natural enemies of crop pests and weeds.

Learn how to attract and retain helpful predators by providing some of the key resources they require to survive on your farm. Many of these practices benefit pollinators and other wildlife.

Attend talks at noon daily, located in the Conservation Exhibit Area.

Conservation Client Gateway; How to Receive USDA Conservation Assistance with a Click

Learn about a new, secure website that makes it even easier for customers to receive conservation assistance from USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

This presentation will demonstrate the site's features and how to sign up. Located in the J.D. Harrington Building. Attend talks at 10:30 a.m. daily.

Student Entrepreneur Ag Springboard Competition 2016 Finalist-Team Sorghum

As an important gluten free cereal crop, Sorghum has variety of uses. It synthesizes rare compounds in response to stress signals. These compounds have been proven to benefit both plant and human health well-being.

With further research and breeding programs, this team hopes to establish the sorghum crops a functional plant-based food coloring and healthy alternative. Visit them in the J.D. Harrington Building.

Cow to cross the ocean from Great Britain to attend Ag Progress Days Show, find her on the USDA Pasture Lab booth in J.D. Harrington Building.


  • The Ag Alumni Society will be hosting an ice cream social in the Red Barn on Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to honor outgoing society members. Register ahead of time!
  • Join the PA Fish and Boat Commission in "Celebrating 150 Years of Service", visit their exhibit the J.D. Harrington Building.
  • Miss America 2016 will be making appearances in the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Building on Tuesday at 10:00 & 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 & 1:00 p.m.

Research Tours

Precision Ag Tour

The Precision Ag Tour will demonstrate the use of several precision ag technologies in corn production that can help to improve yields, reduce costs and improve the potential for better understanding crop responses to inputs in the field.

Dairy Beef Feedlot Tour

The Dairy Beef Feedlot Tour will provide participants with information regarding the practice of rearing Holstein calves for beef. Management and nutrition of calf-fed Holsteins in a feedlot setting will be emphasized.