February 7, 2003 | By: Aimee D. Heald

A 5,000 square-foot exhibit at the Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show April 3 through 6 will showcase efforts and research of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. "Agri-Vision 2003" will teach show attendees how the College relates to both farmers and to homeowners.

"Every department in the College is involved in this interactive exhibit," said Jerry Hash, Extension Housing Associate for the College. "There are more than 30 subject areas showcased to interest farmers, homeowners and business owners."

Attention-getting, hands-on exhibits of "Agri-Vision 2003" include a demonstration of a prototype of a new driverless tractor. Hash said innovations like the driverless tractor could someday save farmers a lot of money and labor over the long run. The tractor uses a computer and global positioning satellite system so that an operator is not required.

Another high-tech display is a cattle-tracking system. The system uses GPS to study patterns of grazing, which can provide invaluable information to producers.

Other farm-related features of the exhibit include aerial photos of farmland taken by digital cameras onboard remote-control airplanes, a soil compaction sensor, an award winning UK student built quarter-scale tractor, a drip irrigation system, information on veterinary developments and farm safety demonstrations.

Homeowners will appreciate Agri-Vision's health and safety fair, home environmental risks, as well as landscaping and plant wellness displays.

"We're very proud of the way this is all coming together," Hash said. "We're looking forward to showing everyone all the exciting things going on in the UK College of Agriculture. They may not get to see these things anywhere else, so this is a really great opportunity."

The 2003 Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show is April 3 through 6 at Lexington Center in downtown Lexington in between Rupp Arena and the Hyatt hotel. The show includes more than 600 exhibits, comprising more than 150,000 square feet. Exhibits range from indoor air quality products and bathroom fixtures to log cabins and home improvement seminars. Admission is $7.50 for adults and children under 14 are free. More information about the show is available by calling 1-800-347-2902 or by visiting the show's web site at www.ckyhomeshow.com.


Jerry Hash  859-257-3000