In today’s busy society, it can be a challenge to find time to spend with family and friends. This year the Family Room houses Food, Families and Health along with Pesticide Education exhibits. It offers a variety of interactive displays that will get you thinking about the overall health and wellness of yourself and your family. Welcoming all age groups to benefit from the wealth of information!

Where: Main Street between West 8th and 9th St

Visit the Family Building, where Penn State Extension hosts Food, Families, and Health (FFH) and Pesticide Education exhibits for Healthy Living. Healthy eating, physical activity, keeping food safe, managing stress, tick protection and sun safety are all part of good physical and mental health for children, youth and families. Pesticide Education will explore the possibilities of whether a plant, insect, or animal is "always, sometimes, or never... a pest" and have a selection of resources and educational materials regarding general pest management.

Exhibit topics include: Family Wellbeing, Health & Wellness, Food Safety & Quality-Home Food Preservation and Pesticide Education. Also, join us for Cooking Demonstrations (see calendar of events or Food Demonstrations Link below when available) which will introduce you to new recipes. 

Lion Mobile Clinic (new)

Located Behind the Family Bldg.
Come visit Penn State Health’s LION Mobile Clinic, which uses a student-run free clinic model to increase access to health care and promote healthy choices for under-resourced communities of Pennsylvania. During Ag Progress Days, we will offer information about ways to access healthcare, provide fun activities for kids while promoting healthy lifestyles, sun safety education, give tours of the mobile unit, and educate the community. A FREE skin cancer screening clinic will be offered on Wednesday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Displays, Activities and Presentations

  • Food Demonstrations                                                                                   
    Join Penn State Extension’s Food, Families, and Health and Food Safety and Quality educators as they prepare healthy recipes and demonstrate safe home food preservation techniques.

  • Mental Health and Wellness in Agriculture
    Farming can be stressful because so many things are out of your control – like the weather, equipment breakdowns, and economy. Become healthier and happier by learning to identify and respond in positive ways to stressors. Extension has resources and programs on this topic –stop by this display to discover tips to keep yourself, and your neighbors, mentally and emotionally healthy.

  • Health and Wellness Display
    Physical fitness and nutrition information, along with tips on how to prevent chronic disease, will be available to assist you with your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

  • Family Wellbeing Programs
    Stop by and find ideas and resources on parenting and childcare, grandparents raising grandchildren, and financial management to strengthen your family.

    Would you like to learn more about the importance of immunization and vaccines? Come to PSU's EXCITE display to get accurate and trusted information.     

  • Home Food Preservation and Consumer Food Safety                             
    In celebration of National Food Safety Month in September, Penn State Food Safety Specialists will provide research-based information on how to safely store foods and preserve foods at home.

  • Vector Borne Disease
    Penn State Extension's vector-borne disease team focuses on diseases (Lyme, West Nile and others) caused by pathogens transmitted by ticks and mosquitos. Vector-borne diseases are diseases caused by pathogens transmitted by insects or related animals like ticks. This display will provide information about the most common vector-borne diseases in Pennsylvania. This includes tick-associated diseases such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, along with mosquito-associated diseases like the West Nile virus encephalitis. Information on recognizing vectors and ways to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and your livestock from vector bites and vector-borne diseases will be provided.
  • Am I A Pest?
    The Pesticide Education Program display will explore the possibilities of whether a plant, insect, or animal is Always a Pest, Sometimes a Pest, or Never a Pest. Decisions should be based on proper identification and where the plant, insect, or animal is located when deciding if it is a pest. Visitors will have a chance to spin the wheel, answer a question, and win a prize. Stop by to pick up additional information and a sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers.

Presentation and Cooking Demonstration Schedule.pdf

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2024 Event Information


August 13, Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
August 14, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center
2710 W. Pine Grove Road
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865


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