The 50th anniversary of the Ohio Farm Science Review Sept. 18-20 offered something for everyone. The show drew more than 115,000 visitors. Despite the anniversary celebration and excellent weather conditions attendance numbers were down somewhat from the last five years.
Visitors were treated to more than 600 exhibitors offering some 4,000 products. Special programs from OSU and Purdue extension discussed everything from energy leasing to drone technology for crops to the ins and outs of direct marketing meat. Visitors to the field demos saw harvest equipment of all kinds in action. Special construction of drainage control devices constructed by the Ohio Land Improvement Contractor Association got lots of attention. Those who trekked to the Gwynne Conservation Area learned about a special project to bring bluebirds back to the area. They also explored job opportunities in forestry, wildlife and fisheries jobs around the state, and visited with career counselors from Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources to learn about college majors and available classes.
Dignitaries including the governor, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OSU president Gordon Gee, retiring dean Bobby Moser and new dean and vice president Bruce McPheron addressed a group at the Vice president's luncheon. Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Jack Fisher, executive director of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Carl Gebhardt, chief of the Soil and Water Resources spoke at the Ohio Farmers Conservation Farm Family Awards. Mitt Romney's son Tag made a campaign stop at the luncheon too.
Here is a slide show of some of the sights.