Farm Science Review had another successful run this year, Sept. 18-20, as Ohio's premiere agricultural event celebrated its 50th year in existence. The review, which is dedicated to ensuring the best agricultural research, resources, information, and access for farmers, drew some 115,183 attendees to its site at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.
Thousands of participants attended the crop demonstrations by OSU's Extension Agronomic Crops Team held all three days of the review. The demonstrations, which included soybean weed management, corn and nutrient management, and planting corn under poor planting conditions, took on even more importance as many farmers have been impacted by this year's drought, which is the worst in over 50 years.
Many farmers were also interested in a presentation by farm policy expert Carl Zulauf, international trade and policy specialist Ian Sheldon, agricultural economist Matt Roberts, and Katharine Ferguson, legislative aide to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
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There was also a full house at the Vice President's Luncheon on the first day, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, CFAES Dean Bobby Moser, who will retire at the end of September, and incoming dean Bruce McPheron.
Organizers expect another great year next year when Farm Science Review returns to London Sept. 17-19, 2013.
-- Tracy Turner, Communications and Technology