Farm Science Review ’22: Embracing Change

“Embrace Time and Change” is this year’s theme for The Ohio State University’s 60th Journal of Agricultural Science.

Plans for this year are to highlight his decades of providing valuable information to farmers and growers, while focusing on continuing education for the future of farming.

Farm Science Review is considered one of the nation’s leading agricultural education and industry expositions. It is scheduled for September 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38, near London.

If you have an interest in agriculture, I recommend attending. This event is not just for big farmers.

One of the highlights is the Ohio State University Women in Agriculture extension area with “kitchen table conversations” that will focus on key topics related to health, marketing, finance , rights and production for women in agriculture. Kitchen Table Conversations can be followed in person or virtually via Zoom on September 20, 21 and 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

In-person sessions will take place on the north side of the Firebaugh Building at 384 Friday Avenue. If you’re not attending the Farm Science Review, you can sign up to listen via Zoom. Zoom session registration is required to participate virtually. Sign up at go.osu.edu/2022fsrkitchentableconversation

Each session will feature a leading expert and moderators to generate dialogue and discussion among participants.

On Tuesday, OSU Extension educator David Marrison of Coshocton County will lead a conversation on “When Death Happens – Running the Farm Without Your Business Partner.”

Death can change everything, especially your ability to run the farm without your business partner. Find out how you can better prepare to run your farming business without your spouse or sibling. Learn some strategies that can help you plan for the challenge of running a farm alone.

On Wednesday, September 21, the topic will be “Financing Options for Women Farmers: Opportunities with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Loans.” Eric Richer, OSU Extension Educator in Fulton County, will lead a conversation on how you can find unique farmland financing options for women, veterans, and minority farmers. Learn more about requirements, normal rates and roles.

On Thursday, September 22, Defiance County OSU Extension educator Bruce Clevenger will speak on “The Devil is in the Details: Communication and Record Keeping to Improve Farm Management.”

Family farms are only good through their communication. A record keeping system is a valuable form of communication when the level of detail matches the needs of operational decision makers. Helpful record keeping can take a farm management team beyond basic tax filing to explore problem solving and strengthen the family farm business.

Visit the OSU Extension Ohio Women in Agriculture Exhibit inside the Firebaugh Building for more opportunities for women in agriculture. The Ohio Women in Agriculture blog is also available at u.osu.edu/ohwomeninag.

Another place to visit is the Gwynne Conservation Area. The Gwynne is a 67-acre conservation area that offers programs, exhibits, demonstrations, talks and guided tours over the three days of FSR. Take a shuttle to Gwynne at the west end of Friday Avenue.

The shuttles run daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year again, they will host several very good presentations which will focus on forages and grazing, wildlife and aquatic environments, woods, climate and carbon and even more. Check out this website for presentations and times throughout the Agricultural Science Journal — https://fsr.osu.edu/gwynne-conservation-area.

The last place you might find interesting to visit is the Utzinger Memorial Garden (near Friday Avenue and Market Street). Presentations will take place in the gazebo. Volunteer master gardeners will be available throughout the garden to answer gardening questions, and the online “Ask a Master Gardener” program will be on hand with information.

Various beekeeping associations will answer questions on how to become a beekeeper and show some of the equipment needed to get started.

Here is a list of presentations for Tuesday, September 20: Raised Bed Gardening; Production of pumpkins; Improve tomato fruit quality; Pollinators for specialty crops; updated Dappled Lantern; Carbon capture in urban landscapes. Wednesday, September 21 will feature the following topics – Native Trees; Hop nitrogen management; Production of wine grapes; fungicides and disease control in fruits and vegetables; Herbicide options for fruits and vegetables; Elderberry production; Poisonous plants. Thursday will then feature – Gardening as you age; Prescription nutrient management; Updated special crop listening sessions; Cooperative Marketing of Specialty Crops; and Summer bulbs.

A new mobile ticketing option will allow visitors to print tickets at home or save them on a mobile device for entry.

The $10 presale ticket price will be available online at fsr.osu.edu until midnight Monday, September 19 and at the Clinton County Extension office until close of business Monday, September 19.

Tickets can still be purchased online during Farm Science Review (FSR) for $15. Children 5 and under are free. Visitors can also still purchase paper tickets with cash or credit card at the gates. Parking is free.

Tony Nye is the state coordinator of The Ohio State University’s Small Farm Extension Program and has been an OSU extension educator for agriculture and natural resources for more than 30 years, currently serving Clinton County and Miami Valley EERA.