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Page 2—Ag Progress Section 2, Lancaster Farming, Saturday, August 12, 2000 Ag Progress Days: Major Milestones ROCKSPRING (Centre Co.) Penn State’s College of Agri cultural Sciences has a long tradition of agricultural “field days” dating back to the late 19th Century, when Penn State agricultural specialists traveled to state-sponsored “Farmers In stitutes” to demonstrate the latest practices and disseminate research findings and educa tional information. Following is a brief chronology of events and milestones that have led to tne diverse offerings of the contem porary Ag Progress Days: • 1951 Grassland Field Days, the true forerunner of Ag Progress Days, is begun by Penn State Cooperative Extension and Penn State’s Agricultural Experiment Station. This series of five regional events, high lighting Pennsylvania’s strong grass crop industry, is staged like a traveling show, taking place in different parts of the state over a three month period. Fea tured attractions include demonstra- tions of techniques and equipment for pasture renovation and grass crop pro duction. • Mid-1960s Corn overtakes grass as Pennsylvania’s top crop, but interest in Grassland Field Days continues to grow. The show is expanded to include plowing con tests, experimental forage plots and other features. Now re named Forage Prog ress Days, this statewide event is held once a year and ro tates to different re gions of the commonwealth. • 1969 As Forage Progress Days continues to grow in size and scope, cover ing an ever-wider range of agricultural science and technol ogy, it is renamed Ag Progress Days. The first Ag Progress Days is a two-day event held at Fox Chase Farm in Bradford County. Featured are demon strations of farm equipment and pro duction techniques, commercial exhibits and youth programs. • 1971 Ag Prog ress Days is expanded to three days and held for the first time at Penn State. The site is the university’s agri cultural research center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Rt. 45. • 1976 Ag Prog ress Days is conducted at Rockspring for the second time. Because the logistics and in frastructure needs of the event have become too complex and costly to stage the show in a different location each year, the university’s agricultural research center becomes the permanent site. • 1978 The Paste Agricultural Museum is dedicated at the Ag Progress Days site. • 1991 Equine events and exhibits take place at Ag Prog ress Days for the first time. • 2000 —The 32nd annual Ag Progress Days exposition takes place at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Ag ricultural Research Center at Rockspring, Aug. 15-17.