As Farm Science Review celebrates its 50th year, organizers say that despite the many changes that have occurred in agriculture during that time, one thing has remained the same: Ohio’s premiere agricultural event is still dedicated to ensuring the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for farmers.
This year’s Farm Science Review will take place September 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. The theme is “Forecasting the Future for 50 Years.”
“It’s about forecasting the future, what technology could be coming down the road in agriculture,” said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review manager. “It’s about bringing cutting-edge technology to farmers.
“The field of agriculture is so exciting right now, with the boon in technology that has taken place in the industry during the past 50 years. From genetics and seeds and the different chemistries that we have to protect plants, to the equipment we now have that uses satellite technology to make farming more precise and efficient, I can’t fathom what the next 10 to 50 years will bring in agricultural innovations.”
The event is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada. Visitors come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and capitalize on educational opportunities from Ohio State University and Purdue University specialists.
This year, the Review will follow daily themes aimed at highlighting the 50th anniversary year, Gamble said.
Daily themes are:
- September 18 – World Record Day. Kip Cullers, Missouri farmer who holds the world record in soybean yield of 160.6 bushels per acre, will talk about production techniques used to accomplish incredible yields.
- September 19 – Farmer Food Drive Day. For every two cans of food or more donated, participants will receive a pair of work gloves (as supplies last). The goal is to collect at least a half semi-load of food, if not a full semi-load, Gamble said. Organizers are working with the Ohio Association of Food Banks.
- September 20 – Generational Day. Participants who attend as a family group can get photos taken and placed in a Farm Science Review frame or calendar.
Farm Science Review pre-show tickets are $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets are also available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 20.