Farm Science Review opens Monday in Columbus

LONDON – The 2014 Farm Science Review will be one for celebration 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 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 on many topics, including
"Grassland and Wildflower ID" and "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 percent of out-of-state visitors
traveled to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio 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 for $7. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10. For more information on the Farm
Science Review, visit fsr.osu.edu.  
The Farm Science Review draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts
from across the U.S. and Canada annually. Participants are able to peruse 4,000 product lines.