A total of 108,074 visitors attended the 56th annual Farm Science Review at Molly Caren Agricultural Center, over the span of three days, in the third week of September. Between watching the field demonstrations and checking out some of the 600 commercial exhibitors, visitors were able to test their BioSmarts at the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center’s display, located in the Energy Tent.
Several students and FFA Members from all across Ohio met up in the Energy tent to compete against each other in our Biobased Trivia game. Some of the trivia categories included questions about Feedstocks, Household Bioproducts, and the Bioeconomy. Students weren’t the only participants in our Biobased trivia game, several alumni, retired faculty, and Ag and natural resources professionals stopped by to test their knowledge of the bioeconomy.
From household chemicals and cleaners to biofuels and biobased materials, the bioeconomy offers a sustainable innovation for everyone to get excited about. We had conversations with consumers about the bioeconomy, and the biobased alternatives they can implement in their lives. We also had the opportunity to speak with farmers about products made from the commodities they produce, and the new marketing opportunities created by the bioeconomy.
This year, we shared the Energy Tent with Eric Romich, Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist in Energy Development. Eric spoke to Farm Science Review visitors about the potential of solar energy. It was exciting to see so many Ohioans with a passion for sustainable living and renewable energy.
The 56th annual Farm Science Review was truly a sight to see. This year a nearby soybean field touted pride in the Scarlet and Gray as it displayed the world’s largest script Ohio. On the ground, this hundred acre soybean field looked like the hundreds of acres of beans visitors likely drove past on their way to the show, but from a bird’s-eye-view, the wonder of precision agriculture is displayed in this biobased work of art. Ohio State students and faculty used a GPS guided “smart planter” and multiple varieties of seed to create the giant Script Ohio. This year, it was obvious that agriculturalists are dedicated to bringing innovation to the industry.
This article was written by Bradley Collins, OBIC Student Assistant and Senior at The Ohio State University.