Iowa State Returns to the 2006 Farm Progress Show

Experts in several facets of agriculture crop production, economics and engineering will be on hand to answer questions on topics ranging from avian influenza to weather.

Published on: Aug 15, 2006

Visitors to the Iowa State University Extension exhibit at the 2006 Farm Progress Show will see displays featuring educational and research programs inside and outside the big white hoop building at the corner of Central Avenue and 10th Street.

Also this year, Iowa State University experts in several facets of agriculture crop production, economics and engineering will be on hand to answer questions on topics ranging from avian influenza to weather.

"We hope to have faculty and staff from several of Iowa State University's colleges on hand to meet visitors at this year's Farm Progress Show. Fall classes will be in session during the show, and many faculty and staff will be adjusting their schedules in order to meet with Iowans and other visitors about a host of topics," said Elaine Edwards, communications manager for Iowa State University Extension. A small staging area will be used for the experts, some of whom will be featured on WOI's Midday program during the show.

In addition, Iowa State students from the College of Agriculture will be available to discuss their collegiate careers with high school students and parents. "We want to make sure Iowa high school students considering a career in an agricultural field or their parents have an opportunity to visit with ISU students or key faculty at this farm show," said Edwards.

The College of Agriculture also is sponsoring a drawing for $3,000 in scholarships. Students or parents can sign up at the college's display for two $500 daily drawings.

Several extension field and campus staff will be working the exhibit each day of the show among the approximately 20 displays in the ISU exhibit. Visitors can

  • Learn about Annie's Project, an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's role in the modern farm enterprise. Sessions on Annie's Project will be presented daily in the Home and Family tent during the Farm Progress Show.
  • Check out the grape and wine display, which will offer a look at the wines being produced by Iowa wineries and the equipment used to harvest Iowa grapes.
  • See the design of the new Iowa State Dairy Farm and check out what a new style Iowa dairy farm looks like.
  • Visit the display featuring the corn rootworm, the number one economic pest of corn. This pest causes an estimated $1 billion in yield losses and control costs each year in the United States. The display will examine how this insect has adapted to the corn-soybean rotation.
  • The Iowa Learning Farm Conservation Systems Rainfall Simulator will be demonstrated at 9 a.m., 11.a.m. and 2 p.m. each day of the show just east) of the Iowa State exhibit building. ISU Extension specialists will be on hand to answer questions about soil and water quality issues.
  • Find out how a weekly trip to your community's farmers' market is one of many ways that Iowans can support healthy eating and a healthy Iowa economy through the Leopold Center display.
  • Learn about the emerald ash borer, a tiny insect that has destroyed more than 15 million trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. See what you can do to keep this insect from killing Iowa's ash trees.
  • Check out the HeartReach Mobile Lab. This service of Iowa Health–Des Moines is partnering with Iowa State University Extension to provide screenings for improved heart health at the 2006 Farm Progress Show. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, attendees can walk in to receive basic cardiac screenings.
  • Find out about the importance of handwashing in the Germ City exhibit.