Purdue partners with Ohio State for 2011 Farm Science Review


First Posted: 9/14/2011

Purdue University this month enters its seventh year as a partner at Ohio State University's 2011 Farm Science Review.

The show, which boasts hundreds of exhibitors, presenters, vendors and field demonstrations, takes place Sept. 20-22 at the 2,100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

"Farm Science Review is a great opportunity to partner with Ohio State and to foster collaborations that extend well beyond the show," said Jay Akridge, Purdue's Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. "The Review is a way to highlight some the best research and Extension programs of each university and to make it accessible to our stakeholders. We're excited to enter our seventh year of this invaluable partnership."

Included in Purdue Agriculture's show presence this year are displays and exhibits showcasing the college, and presentations by Purdue Extension educators and specialists.

Topics and Purdue presenters are:

* "Beekeeping for Beginners" and "Gardening for Honeybees," Roy Ballard, Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources.

* "Native Grass and Wildflower ID" and "Wildlife Sounds of the Night," by Rob Chapman, Extension forest wildlife specialist.

* "Financial Strategies for Small Farms," Steve Engleking, Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources.

* "Conservation Tree Planting," Lenny Farlee, Extension forester.

* "Deer Farming," Jonathan Ferris, director of Extension in Fayette County.

* "Beauty or Beast - What is Your Goal in Goat Production?" Mark Kepler, Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources.

* "Wildlife Pests Around the Home," Brian MacGowan, Extension wildlife specialist.

In addition to their presentations, these specialists, educators and others will be available to answer producers' questions at various times in the demonstration plots and the Ag Answers booth in OSU Central on Friday Avenue.

"Farm Science Review is unique in that it brings together the expertise of both Purdue and Ohio State to further the land grant mission," said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review manager. "The reputation, interaction and professionalism Purdue brings to the table are great for the show and for the many attendees from throughout the region. The partnership definitely adds credibility to the whole format and venue."

Also at this year's show, retired Purdue Extension Director David Petritz, will be inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame for his work in building the Purdue - Ohio State partnership.

"Dave was instrumental in developing a partnership where specialists from both OSU and Purdue could share their expertise at the Review," said Bobby Moser, dean of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and vice president of Agricultural Administration. "Dave is a great guy and a great leader, and he helped start what's become a very successful collaboration."

Farm Science Review pre-show tickets are now available for $5 at all OSU Extension county offices, as well as some local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

The Molly Caren Agricultural Center is at 135 State route 38 NE, London.

For more information, visit http://fsr.osu.edu. For the latest show news and updates, follow Farm Science Review on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/OhioStateFSR or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FarmScienceReview

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