Sunny skies and warm temperatures were on tap for the 48th annual Ohio State University Farm Science Review. The three day event — held Sept. 21-23 — garners more than 140,000 visitors that can see nearly 4,000 products presented by more than 600 commercial exhibitors. Attendees are able to learn about the latest in agricultural research, conservation, gardening, landscaping and a host of other innovative technologies.
The Farm Science Review is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, which is west of the Columbus, the state capital. Farm equipment dealers are able to utilize the event to showcase state-of-the-art machinery and sponsor field demonstrations that allow producers to see the operational benefits of newly designed equipment. Seed companies also command a dominant presence at the show to promote the high yielding genetics that enable farmers, about one percent of the population, to feed and cloth the rest of the population.
On Tuesday, Ohio State University’s Dean of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Bobby Moser, Ph.D., hosted the vice president’s luncheon for over 600 agricultural leaders and their associates. USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Rural Development were all represented at the luncheon as partners in Ohio Agriculture. With one out of every seven jobs in Ohio resulting from agriculture, farm production is recognized as a major economic engine for the state. The luncheon and the entire Farm Science Review celebrates the economic bounty and the importance of agriculture to all citizens. During this week, “Farm Week”, it is altogether fitting and proper to salute farmers and celebrate their contributions of food, fiber, and fuel that benefit us all. Learn more about the Farm Science Review.
— by Mike Kaufman, FSA regional public affairs specialist