Farm Science Review Claims Big Crowd

Eighty-degree temperatures and sunny skies are speeding up corn harvest throughout Ohio, but farmers still made the time for Ohio State University's show.

The 45th annual Ohio Farm Science Review, held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, Sept. 18-20, attracted 119,550 visitors. Though attendance was lower compared to last year's turnout of 129,256, organizers of the show were still pleased with the outcome.

"Harvest is under way, and the old adage of a farmer is to make hay while the sun shines. Despite attendance being down, I can't say enough about the positive attitude we are experiencing with both exhibitors and attendees," says Farm Science Review manager Chuck Gamble. "Everyone is upbeat about agriculture."

Over 600 exhibitors with 4,000 product lines filled the 800-acre exhibition area, and companies showcased the latest in agricultural equipment and technology during field demonstrations.

"Our exhibitors were happy with the results of the show. That is the important thing," says Gamble. "Their contacts were positive and they see sales in the future. Current exhibitors have either told me or e-mailed me that they want additional space next year."

The Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association also returned for a second year to continue the installation of controlled drainage structures. The technology is designed to reduce erosion, improve water quality and help make crop production more profitable.

Purdue University returned for its third year of research and education collaborations with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Over 30 Purdue University specialists teamed up with OSU Extension educators and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center researchers on topics related to grain systems handling, crop production, bio-energy, nutrition, and horticulture.

"Purdue adds another dimension and resource to our attendees. The Purdue specialists are super individuals and highly respected by our staff and faculty," says Gamble. "It is tremendous that they are willing to share their expertise with our farmers."

Farm Science Review is Ohio's premiere agricultural event and one of the nation’s top farm shows. It is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The next show is scheduled for Sept. 16-18, 2008. For more information, log on to http://fsr.osu.edu.

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