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Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Farm Science Review set Sept. 18-20 in London

By Nancy Allen
The 45th annual Farm Science Review is set for Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London.
The premier agricultural event provides farmers with the latest in agricultural production and management research, technology, exhibits, field demonstrations and equipment displays and demonstrations.
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Ticket admission is $5 in advance from most Ohio agribusinesses and all county offices of the OSU Extension, or $8 at the gate. Children five and under get in free.
This year's event will feature hundreds of demonstration plots, millions of dollars worth of machinery, field demonstrations and displays from OSU colleges and departments. About 600 exhibitors from all over North America are expected to fill the commercial exhibit area.
There also will be lots of information on farm safety, home safety and health information, as well as an arts and craft exhibit tent.
OSU Central
The McCormick, Bailey, and Firebaugh buildings and the Utzinger Garden are home to OSU Central, an area where information from OSU colleges and departments is displayed.
This year's displays will focus on farm health and safety, cancer prevention, farm management programs, financial and economical information, the environment, and human and community development. Outside in the Utzinger Garden, sessions offer tips about home yards and gardens.
Field demonstrations
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) hands-on demonstrations will take place every day in the demonstration fields, as will demos on strip-tilling and tillage.
Field drainage/
conservation practices
Also returning this year is the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association demonstrating the latest in drainage practices. Practices such as waterway installation, controlled drainage and subsurface drainage will be demonstrated each day of the Review.
At the first shuttle stop on the way to the Field Demonstrations, new exhibitors and information from the natural resource management experts will be available this year. Scheduled programs will also be conducted on a variety of conservation practices. Shuttle tours of the Conservation Area will also be offered.
Antique farm equipment
The popular antique equipment building, located at the corner of Market and Friday, has overflowed into the William L. George Building at the corner of Friday and Hay. More than 1,600 pieces from between 1800 and 1930 are in our collection.
Horse plowing contest returns
Returning this year, after debuting in 2003, is the Ohio State Horse Plowing Contest on Sept. 20. The event is conducted by the Ohio Horse & Mule Group and about thirty participants are expected.
For more information and detailed times for individual events, go to http://fsr.osu.edu/.

IF YOU GO:
What: Farm Science Review
Where: London, Ohio
When: Sept. 18-20
Ticket admission: $5 in advance from most Ohio agribusinesses and county OSU Extension offices, or $8 at the gate
For more info: Go to http://fsr.osu.edu/
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