It’s Farm Science Review week in Ohio and here at the Farm and Dairy that means several things — namely — a busy week.

My editor, Susan Crowell, and my co-reporter, Kristy Foster, will both be spending considerable time at the review, along with our publisher and some of the staff from our circulation department.

I’ll be setting out sometime around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, so I can be at the review in time to cover the vice president’s luncheon. I look forward to seeing some of the top ag leaders and producers in our state, all in one ag-intense setting.

This will make at least my sixth trip to the FSR, and although I’ve never gone down to buy anything, I always come back with a better understanding of what’s new and what’s available to our crop and livestock farmers.

I started attending the review in high school and I continued to attend when I wrote for my local daily newspaper, and now as a reporter for Farm and Dairy. I consider it a great opportunity to refresh and update my own understanding of modern farming.

Even though I grew up on a farm, and have written farm articles for the past five years, I still need a reminder of what’s going on out there. Part of this is due to the fact that I don’t currently farm, and I don’t see the day-to-day things our active farmers see all the time.

But it also has to do with the fact that in agriculture so much is “new” and “developing” that we’re all still learning. Even the most experienced farmers will likely see a few new things this week, simply because there are new things on the market.

In a way, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit some of the things about farm equipment and seed technology that I don’t really understand. That’s why I value this show, because it’s a great place to learn and get new ideas.

With such a large display — 600 acres of field demonstrations and some 600 commercial exhibitors demonstrating all that’s truly “cool” about agriculture, there really is a wealth of information.

The Farm Science Review website says “if your business is agriculture … our business is you.”

If that’s true of you, then it would be good business to attend this show and see what you can learn. It will be time well spent.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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