Farm Science Review a Learning Opportunity for Students

September 2, 2009

LONDON, Ohio – Teachers looking to educate their students on the importance of agriculture to Ohio's economy have the opportunity to take a field trip to Ohio State University's Farm Science Review.

 

Amanda Meddles, Ohio State University program coordinator for environmental management with the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, will be offering tours during the three-day show for rural and urban school systems and home-school environments.

"The tours are designed for students and teachers to learn more about current issues in agriculture and see the latest in technology and equipment in natural resources, horticulture, landscaping, health, home and environmental education, among countless other food, agricultural and environmental areas," said Meddles. "Urban school and home-school students are invited and encouraged to participate in the tours."

Farm Science Review will be held Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Full show agenda and other information is available at http://fsr.osu.edu.

Meddles said that Farm Science Review is a good opportunity to educate students on a wide variety of topics all in one location for those schools whose curriculum fits with the theme of the event.

In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Stone Lab, Agricultural Technical Institute and branch campuses to learn more about the university and the educational opportunities that are offered.

"In the past, we've put on tours of the Gwynne Conservation Area during the show, but this will be the first year we will be offering tours in the main exhibitor area," said Meddles. "Farm Science Review is a great place to get a better understanding of today's technology, agriculture and other areas that impact us everyday through a hands-on, high-impact learning environment."

To learn more about taking an educational tour of Farm Science Review, contact Meddles at (614) 292-6625 or e-mail meddles.14@osu.edu.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Tickets are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

For more information, log on to http://fsr.osu.edu. Farm Science Review is also on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/OhioStateFSR), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/FarmScienceReview), and Ning (http://fsrosu.ning.com).

 

Author(s): 
Candace Pollock
Source(s): 
Amanda Meddles