|By DAVE BLOWER JR.
Farm World Editor
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Visitors to the fourth annual Farm World Expo will be treated to a free breakfast each morning of this year’s show.
The Farm World Expo, Aug. 1-3 at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in Terre Haute, will be the largest summer outdoor farm show in Indiana and Illinois in 2006.
The free farmers’ breakfast will include, at least, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links and juice and coffee. More menu items could be added in the next few weeks. Mike and Becky Linville of C&M Enterprises of Terre Haute will cook the breakfast. The breakfast will be from 8-10 a.m. each day.
Randy Woodson, the Glen W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University, will be the featured speaker during the first breakfast.
Woodson will update the public on news from Purdue’s ag department at 9 a.m. during the breakfast.
A speaker from the Lugar Center for Rural Health and Union Hospital of Terre Haute will address breakfast visitors at 9 a.m., Aug. 2 during Rural Health Day at the Expo; and representatives of Indiana’s renewable energy industry will speak at 9 a.m., Aug. 3 during the Expo’s Renewable Energy Day.
Farm World newspaper has many partners adding to the Expo’s features, including the sponsors of the daily free farmers’ breakfasts: the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service; Terre Haute Grain, a division of ConAgra; and several county offices of the Indiana Farm Bureau.
“We like the idea of providing the free farmers’ breakfast for Farm World Expo visitors here in Terre Haute,” said Vigo County Farm Bureau President Mark Shew.
“We’re very proud to be the hosts of this event, and we want to encourage people to come out and visit by providing this breakfast.
“The food, as it has been in the past, will be very good. We see this as another way that we can help out with the Expo.”
The Purdue Extension is also the sponsor of the Meet the Experts stage at the Expo.
Several Purdue Extension specialists, including ag economist Chris Hurt, have committed to speaking at the Expo. Hurt will speak several times during Tuesday, Aug. 1 on the topic of An Outlook with Biofuels.
On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Purdue plant pathologist Greg Shaner will give farmers a soybean pest update. Also on Aug. 2, Fred Whitford, the director of Purdue’s pesticide programs, will discuss Pesticides and Poly Tanks. Matthew Pearson, who is an engineering specialist with the Office of the Indiana State Chemist, will speak on Pesticide Containment on Aug. 2.
The speakers for Thursday, Aug. 3, will cover topics on home horticulture displays and landscape ideas.
The Purdue Experts stage includes three 20-minute talks from each specialist during a few hours around lunch each day.
Admission to the Farm World Expo is $5 per person. A coupon for $2 off per person is included in this week’s Farm World.
The Wabash Valley Fairgrounds is located on U.S. 41, less than one mile south of I-70.
For more details about features at the Farm World Expo, call 1-800-876-5133, ext. 188, or visit the Expo’s website at www.farmworldexpo.com
This farm news was published in the June 28, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.