LONDON, Ohio — A cloudy, cool kick-off at Ohio State University's Farm Science Review gave way to a sunny, warm wrap-up, helping to mark another successful year for the agricultural event.
"After talking to exhibitors and to attendees, everyone had nothing but positive things to say about this year's show," said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review Manager. Over 119,300 visitors walked through the show's grounds at Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, Sept. 20-22. More than 600 exhibitors set up shop at the sold-out event, with many more interested businesses placed on a waiting list. Average distance traveled for attendees was 102 miles, visiting from such states as Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia.
This year's Farm Science Review marked the first collaboration between Ohio State and Purdue University, drawing visitors from the across the Hoosier State. It's a partnership that Gamble hopes to continue in the future.
"Purdue was very committed to this collaboration. There were some great programs going on that involved Purdue's expertise, like the air quality program," said Gamble. "As far as Indiana agriculture goes, Purdue is the top school with experts well-known in their fields of research. Purdue commands a lot of respect, and we hope they will come back next year."
Some highlights of Farm Science Review included an air quality mobile lab, the first Certified Crop Advisors program, expanded presentations at the Gywnne Conservation Area, a wind energy exhibit, and the revamping of the McCormick Building, which housed such exhibits as Universal Design and programs involving health and safety.
"Our programming is what separates us from other major farm shows across the country. We fully take advantage of our research and educational component — expertise that visitors gain from attending our show," said Gamble. "There are so many neat synergies, relationships and partnerships, and new technology introduced year after year is what makes agriculture fun. That is the main reason why OSU got involved in Farm Science Review and why Farm Science Review exists in the first place."
Farm Science Review is sponsored by Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Next year's show will be Sept. 19-21.