Despite tornado damage, Farm Science Review still on for 2024

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Despite the damages incurred by several buildings as a result of February’s tornado, the Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London will go on as planned Sept. 17-19.

(Posted March 18, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The show will go on.

So reports Nick Zachrich, manager of the Farm Science Review, the annual agricultural trade show and education event that attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Ohio State University’s (OSU) Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London.

The Farm Science Review grounds suffered damages in the tornado/storm event that passed through Madison County on Feb. 28. The electrical infrastructure and several buildings were impacted.

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The electrical infrastructure and buildings at the Farm Science Review grounds in London suffered damages as a result of the tornado/storm event that passed through Madison County on the morning of Feb. 28.

“All of the electrical infrastructure is privately owned by the university. We will be repairing it over the next few months,” Zachrich said.

The grounds are home to a mix of buildings owned by OSU and by private entities. Of the buildings struck by the tornado, most incurred minor or cosmetic damages, Zachrich said. A handful were damaged badly enough they will need to be demolished.

“A lot of our partners were affected. Most have been to the site to review their assets and any damage,” he said.

Despite the repair work that needs to be done, the 2024 Farm Science Review will take place as scheduled Sept. 17-19.

“We have no concerns about holding the event. There will be minor impacts of certain exhibitors being in different locations than usual. Otherwise, it will be business as usual for us,” Zachrich said.

He noted that the companies that have private-owned building on-site are having their buildings reviewed by engineers for structural integrity.

“So, everyone coming to the show can be assured all of the structures will be as safe as they have been in the past,” he said.

Zachrich noted that the site’s farming operations and field demonstration areas were unaffected by the storm.

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The Feb. 28 tornado ripped roofs off of buildings and caused other damage at the Farm Science Review grounds in London. Some buildings were impacted more than others.

He also noted that other events slated to take place on the grounds this summer will indeed take place.

“At first, we were unsure, but we have reached out to all of those event organizers to let them know we will find a way to make things work. Most of the partners are willing to be flexible on how we are serving their needs,” Zachrich said.

The Molly Caren Agricultural Center includes 100 acres of exhibit area and 600 acres of land for field demonstrations such as corn and soybean combines, tillage, nutrient and lime applications, and drainage installations. It also includes a 67-acre demonstration and education area for agriculture and natural resources management practices.

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