* Farm Science Review

September 3, 2009

Purdue delivers hands-on education at OSU farm show

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will once again partner with Ohio State University at Farm Science Review, which will be Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

"This is the fifth year of our partnership with Ohio State University at the Farm Science Review," said Chuck Hibberd, director of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. "It's been exciting to see the two universities work together and create educational programming that is valued and utilized by attendees of this event."

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about equipment, products and services that are new to the industry. There will be more than 4,000 products on display from more than 600 commercial exhibitors spread across 600 acres of farmland.

"Purdue has about 18 specialists that will travel to the Farm Science Review," said Danica Kirkpatrick, Purdue Agriculture events coordinator.

Chad Martin will speak about energy audits at 11:30 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. and wind energy at 1 p.m. at the Question the Authorities stage on Sept. 22.

Rob Chapman will speak about wildlife sounds at noon and native grasses at 1:30 p.m. at the Gwynne Conservation Cabin on Sept. 22 and 23.

Julie Douglas will speak about current agriculture issues at 2:20 p.m. Sept. 22, 11:15 a.m. Sept. 23 and noon Sept. 24 at the Question the Authorities stage.

Lenny Farlee will speak about tree planting and conservation at the Gwynne Conservation Area at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 and 24.

Roy Ballard will give advice on how to prepare a farm to become an agritourism destination at noon Sept. 23 and how to increase sales at farmers' markets at 2 p.m. the same day at the Small Farms Tent.

Fred Whitford will discuss the chem load rinse pad during sessions on Sept. 22-24.

Purdue exhibits at the show include:

* Invest in Your Future: Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, located at the McCormick Building. The purpose of the exhibit is to make elementary schoolchildren and their families aware of personal finance and basic economics.

* The Bone Zone Mini Exhibit, located at the McCormick Building. The exhibit is targeted toward children in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families and focuses on the importance of diet, exercise and healthy bones.

* What Does it Take to be Today's Farmer? located at the Firebaugh Building. The exhibit gives visitors a view of what the modern farmer has to do to be successful.

* Breaking New Ground will have an exhibit in the safety area at OSU Central, while the Purdue Extension Renewable Energy program will have an exhibit on wind and biomass energy, biofuels, and how to improve farm efficiency.

For more information, visit Tickets are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by OSU's College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science; Ohio State University Extension; and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Writer: Sayde Rayburn, 765-494-8402,

Source: Danica Kirkpatrick, 765-494-9113,

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