(Posted Sept. 12, 2012)
As Farm Science Review celebrates its 50th year, organizers say that despite the changes that have occurred in agriculture during that time, one thing remains the same: Ohios premiere agricultural event is still dedicated to delivering the best agricultural research, resources, information and access to farmers.
This years theme isForecasting the Future for 50 Years.
“Its about… what technology could be coming down the road in agriculture, said Farm Science Review manager Chuck Gamble.Its about bringing cutting-edge technology to farmers.
“The field of agriculture is so exciting right now, with the boom 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 cant fathom what the next 10 to 50 years will bring in agricultural innovations.
Farm Science Review will take place Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, located at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and State Route 38, two miles north of London.
Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the event 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.
The themes are:
• Sept. 18—World Record Day. Kip Cullers, a Missouri farmer who holds the world record in soybean yield at 160.6 bushels per acre, will talk about production techniques used to accomplish incredible yields.
• Sept. 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.
• Sept. 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. The Madison County Extension office is located at 217 Elm St., London. Call (740) 852-0975.
Tickets are also available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate.
Children 5 and younger are admitted at no charge.
Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.
Quick trip down memory lane
The first Farm Science Review took place in 1962 at the Ohio State University Don Scott Airport in northwest Columbus. Over 18,000 visitors paid 50 cents a ticket to view 116 commercial exhibits and witness no-till corn demonstrations.
Over the next decade, the Review introduced visitors to large-scale farm equipment, solid-row soybean planting, conservation practices, fertilizer application by airplane, and research to fight corn blight.
By 1979, with 66,000 visitors and 423 exhibitors, the Review had outgrown its 45 acres of show space at Don Scott. In 1983, the Review moved to its permanent home in London on 993 acres donated by Molly Brown Caren Fisher. The rest of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center was purchased from Prudential Insurance in 1992. The grounds cover 2,100 acres.
Aside from the Review, the Center hosts events and agricultural activity year-round. The Natural Resources Interpretive Center at the Gwynne Conservation Area serves as an outdoor educational area. OSU and private industries sponsor field days at the site. The acreage allows for ongoing agricultural, field crop and conservation research.