Farm Science Review: 'Forecasting the future for 50 years'

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 theme is "Forecasting the Future for 50 Years," emphasizing what Farm Science is all about, said Farm Science Review manager Chuck Gamble. 

"It's about forecasting the future, what technology could be coming down the road in agriculture," he said. "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."

 

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Farm Science Review will take place Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. 

Sponsored by CFAES, OSU Extension, and OARDC, the event attracts upward of 140,000 visitors from around the U.S. 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 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 soybean yield of 160.6 bushels per acre, will talk about production techniques used to accomplish incredible yields.
  • Sept. 19, Farmer Food Drive Day. For every two or more cans of food donated, participants will receive a pair of work gloves (while supplies last). The goal is to collect at least half of a semi-truckload 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 their pictures 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. Sept. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

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-- Tracy Turner, Communications and Technology