On Thursday, May 2nd, we welcomed a sea of blue jackets to West Campus for the Blue & Gold to Scarlet & Gray event. This event is designed for high school students traveling to Columbus for the Ohio FFA Convention. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is among the largest youth organizations in the United States. This organization is based in career technical education and prioritizes preparing youth to be leaders within the agriculture industry.
The development of agriculture and the development of the bioeconomy go hand-in-hand. During the event, it was our goal to introduce the future leaders of American agriculture to the partnership that has been developed between the two industries; it was clear that many of the students were not yet familiar with the bioeconomy. The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center partnered with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center to create a rotation in which students could learn about what the university is doing to address sustainability and the threat of climate change. In our portion of the rotation, we used a display of various bioproducts to introduce the emerging bioeconomy. The enthusiasm expressed by the students makes us hopeful for a future where producers and consumers can foster a positive relationship between agriculture and sustainability.
We would also like to invite everyone to visit with us at West Fest on May 18th from 10am to 2pm. Click here to learn more!
This article was written by Haley Wilson, OBIC Student Assistant and Senior at The Ohio State University.