Ohio Farm Science review is looking to "Break New Ground." Following that theme, the event will emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for farmers.
Everything from teaching techniques to help growers improve water and soil quality to helping farmers and producers learn how to combat invasive species, will be on th table for experts from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during this year's Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.
"How do we protect the soil, how do we improve water quality are just some of the issues farmers are facing now because so much of what is going on today in agriculture is oriented around water quality," says Chuck Gamble, FSR manager
"Invasive species are also a huge issue for Ohio. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that people don't understand or know what it is when we talk about invasive species."
Invasive species, which can include trees, beetles, shrubs, mussels, fish, fungi, weeds or pigs, are those that aren't native to a place but arrive through people's actions, either by accident or on purpose. They usually spread fast and can reduce or eliminate native species.
These issues are just a sampling of some of the topics participants can expect to learn about during the three-day farm trade show that annually draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada.
The Review, now in its 51st year, is nationally known as Ohio's premier agricultural event, Gamble says. And with growers experiencing more of a typical growing season in 2013, he said he anticipates Review attendance to be strong this year.
"We've got our best crop start ever here at the Review," Gamble says. "Our corn and soybean prospects are the best crops we've ever planted and we're harvesting the best wheat crop we've ever grown."
Sponsored by CFAES, the Review features educational workshops, presentations, demonstrations and educational opportunities delivered by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.
Participants can peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and capitalize on educational opportunities from Ohio State and Purdue University specialists.
Gamble said the Review sold out of exhibitor space sooner this year than in any previous year, which is a clear indication of the level of the interest participants have in attending the show and learning about what the Review has to offer.
"Companies know they'll have a nice crowd of receptive farmers and producers interested in their products or services, which is a positive reflection on the show because of the large attendance we typically draw," he said. "Between all the different educational displays, workshops and demonstrations our college experts provide, farmers know there are numerous opportunities to learn more about the newest research and innovations in agriculture out there."