Day One of the 2011 Farm Science Review is a wrap, and there’s no way we covered it all. Not even close. Maybe tomorrow. Or Thursday.
But we caught a great speech by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at the Vice President’s Luncheon, hosted by Dr. Bobby Moser, dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Kasich gave a shout-out to Moser, who recently announced his intention to step down. “He’s kept agriculture in the forefront of everything the university does,” Kasich said. “He’s also taken agriculture into the 21st century, and that’s really important for our state, because when you think about it, our state is underpinned by an agriculture economy.
“When farmers do well, Ohio does well; when farmers don’t do well, Ohio suffers,” the governor said.
Although he was raised in the city, Kasich is an unabashed cheerleader of farmers: “I’ll tell you why I love farmers. It’s common sense; it’s ‘don’t make excuses;’ it’s getting out in the fields and applying ingenuity and common sense to deal with your problems and fixing things.”
“It’s a value system.”
You can watch part of the governor’s speech here (and we love the part where he says “when they come from the outside to try to tell us how to farm, I’ll be the first one to stand up and tell them to hit the road!”:
And here are some other scenes from the Review: