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Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 19-21, to feature ag energy answers.

Published on: Aug 6, 2008

"Ag Energy: Harnessing the Potential" is the theme of exhibits to be showcased in the College of Ag Sciences Exhibits Building and nearby tents at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 19-21. And they couldn't come at a better time.

Two new tractors powered by straight vegetable oil, operated in a long-term research project by the College of Agricultural Sciences, will be on display during the show. The Tier 3 engines are equipped with special twin-tanks for SVO and biodiesel fuel plus electronic switching technology, describes Glen Cauffman, manager of Penn State's farm operations and facilities.

"We'll be showing the direct use of vegetable oil in farm equipment, using freshly pressed canola," he adds. "We'll actually demonstrate how oil is pressed and used in equipment. This type of demonstration was done at a big international farm machinery show in Germany last November."

The College Building will have examples of oilseed crops, such as camelina, canola, which Penn State is researching. Other exhibits will show the technologies being developed to produce alternative fuel sources - from corn and soybeans, to trees, switchgrass and other nonfood crops. Other displays will highlight work to generate energy from waste plastics, used cooking oil, combustion and grain ethanol.

Energy topic talks

The theatre in Ag College Building will also host energy-related presentations. Times and topics are as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 19
11 a.m.: Natural gas leasing impact
1:30 p.m.: Potential for wind and solar energy
2:30 p.m.: Using straight vegetable oil

Wednesday, Aug. 20
11 a.m.: Natural gas leasing impact
1:30 p.m.: Energy efficiency on the farm
2:30 p.m.: Natural gas leasing impact

Thursday, Aug. 21
11 a.m.: Combined heat and power project

Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Ag Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 20; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days Web site at apd.psu.edu.  

Please note: The telephone information number for more APD information listed in August's issue was incorrect. The correct number is: 814-865-2081.