The 2014 Farm Science Review will be one for celebration among Big Ten fans, as the 52nd annual farm show will mark the 10th anniversary of Ohio State University’s partnership with Purdue University and Purdue Extension.
Sponsored by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Farm Science Review opened its gates to the fellow Big Ten school’s College of Agriculture 10 years ago in order to add value to the existing educational programs for the show’s attendees.
“We recognized the importance of partnering with Purdue University and Purdue Extension as more and more farmers began traveling to the Farm Science Review from Indiana,” said Chuck Gamble, manager of the Farm Science Review. “We wanted to be representative of our audience and bring expertise from another agriculturally rich state to our show.”
The partnership was first celebrated in 2011, when David Petritz, former dean of Purdue’s College of Agriculture, was inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame, recognizing the role he played in the collaboration between both universities.
As a result of the partnership, Purdue experts provide educational programs at the Review each year in conjunction with Ohio State experts during the Question the Authorities sessions held daily in the OSU Area, located at 426 Friday Ave. This year, Purdue experts will present on the topics of “Future of Rural Economy,” “Farm Bill” and “Farmers’ Brand Loyalty,” among others.
“We’re proud of our 10-year partnership with OSU at the Farm Science Review,” said Jay Akridge, Purdue’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. “As land-grant institutions, Purdue and Ohio State know the importance of investing in both education and agriculture. Educating farmers about new advances in production agriculture helps increase yields, sustainability and profits, which ultimately benefit our respective states.”
Purdue Extension experts will also play an active role in the educational programming held at the Gwynne Conservation Area and in the Center for Small Farms, presenting onmany topics, including “Grassland and Wildflower ID” an “Urban Land Leasing for Small Farms and Community Gardens.”
The popularity of the Farm Science Review has grown significantly in Indiana during the past decade. According to a survey of 2013 Farm Science Review attendees, 48% of out-of-state visitors traveled to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, OH, from the Hoosier State.
“The Purdue partnership has given us the opportunity to market to a whole new demographic of farmers in Indiana,” said Gamble. “The last 10 years have been mutually beneficial for everyone involved, and I look forward to seeing what the next decade of partnership will bring.”
Purdue representatives can be found throughout the grounds during the 2014 Farm Science Review, Sept. 16-18. Advance sale tickets are available online or at any Ohio State University Extension office and local agribusinesses. Tickets will be sold at the gate as well. For more information on the Farm Science Review, visit fsr.osu.edu.