Next week, Sept. 18-20, is the Farm Science Review (or, as those of us in Ohio agriculture like to say, THE Farm Science Review). If you’ve never been there, you need to go — even if the closest you get to a farm is three square meals a day. You’d be surprised at everything you’d see and learn.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of FSR, so our Wordless Wednesday photo shows our own Farm and Dairy booth from the 1992 show. Behind the table is the late Wayne T. Darling, owner/publisher (come meet his son and third generation owner, publisher Scot Darling, at the Review Tuesday and Wednesday).

We’re not sure, but as best we can piece together, we’ve exhibited at the Review since the early 1980s — in rain, mitten-weather cold, and sunburn-heat. You can find us in our own tent at the corner of Soybean Street and Silage Avenue (gotta love it!), Lot #679, right beside the association building, where we’ve been for several years.

Stop by and say hello. We’ll have a full crew there, although we’ll also be storming the grounds to bring you stories and posts and videos and photos. (If the weather cooperates, Editor Susan Crowell will kick off the Review bright and early Tuesday at 7 a.m. with a hot air balloon view of the Review, courtesy of the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and Touchstone Energy. Watch for photos and/or video when she lands.)

While you’re at the booth, you can subscribe or renew with our special show pricing. Or sign up for our e-newsletter and a chance to win a $1,000 VISA gift card. Or just sit a spell on our bench (warning: we’ve been known to snap photos of people on the bench, especially if you happen to snooze a little).

Will we see you there?

The Review is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and state Route 38, 2 miles north of London, Ohio. Pre-show tickets (you can get them at most area farm businesses, like us, or county Extension offices) are $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

The Social Silo is the new “social face” of the newspaper Farm and Dairy. We want to be a community blog about the rural world. About manure. About county fair prize-winning pie recipes. Just not in the same sentence. We want to foster communication between farmers and nonfarmers, to share different perspectives, to make us all think and grow a little. We want to ask questions, and listen to your answers.
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