The 47th annual Ohio Farm Science Review (FSR) in London last week gave area high school students a chance to glimpse the vast scope of the world of agriculture -- and to see what's new within that world.

The 47th annual Ohio Farm Science Review (FSR) in London last week gave area high school students a chance to glimpse the vast scope of the world of agriculture -- and to see what's new within that world.

Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the review, as usual, featured hundreds of demonstration plots and several million dollars worth of machinery, as well as educational seminars.

More than 50 Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge high school students checked out the latest farm practices, equipment and careers on Wednesday at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, where discussion topics ranged from "Where's the economy going?" to animal cruelty laws.

Agricultural education instructor and Johnstown FFA adviser Debra Burden accompanied 30 students to the show.

"This gives students a chance to see what's out there in agri-science and technology," she said. "It helps them look outside the box. There are so many avenues they can take."

As part of the trip, underclassmen are required to complete an assignment related to agri-science and technology, while upperclassmen focus on agri-business and careers.

Many J-M students attended a rain garden seminar Wednesday.

"You use fundamental garden principles for a rain garden" said Dave Dyke of the OSU extension in Hamilton County. "A rain garden will beautify the landscape and, ideally, it catches water off a roof or driveway.

"If I can leave you with one message, pay attention to the soil put in gardens," he said. "Forty hours after a heavy rain, it should be dry on the bottom of a rain garden. The other goal in a rain garden is to beautify the landscape."

In addition to learning about rain gardens, J-M junior Kaitlynn Kirk said she enjoyed looking at new farm and technology booths.

"I learned agriculture is a big deal, and it's fun," she said.

Junior Brooke Ison wants to major in agriculture in college, so she gathered information from colleges and universities with that emphasis.

Freshman Brandon Bingess visited the FSR for the first time.

"It's more than I thought it would be," he said. "I like seeing the new things. I'll probably go into agriculture as a career."

Sophomore Elizabeth Lycans enjoyed learning about new products at the FSR and seeing how technology and equipment have advanced from past generations.

"It's interesting how people are incorporating Issue 2 stuff in their booths," added Christine Snowden, a sophomore. "All of us raise animals. I want to be a large animal veterinarian."

Sophomore Elisa Higgins learned about the many varieties of corn and soybeans at the FSR.

"Learning about careers in agriculture also helps us with the future," she said.

Northridge agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Ryan Rismiller took 22 juniors and seniors to the show.

For the first time, he employed a scavenger hunt game to help them make new discoveries.

"They had to visit several vendors, providing them an opportunity to find out background about products and equipment," he said. "They had to go to different parts of the grounds."

Northridge senior and FFA president Cathryn Clark said she was all over the grounds to search for things at exhibits.

"We learned a lot," she said. "I spent a lot of time in the Natural Resources Area. We also had to visit the OSU station to get college information. I looked up agricultural communication, since I want to major in broadcast journalism."

Northridge senior Justin White learned a lot about tractors and energy.

"They also have a lot of good food here," he said. "And it's enjoyable collecting the free stuff."

"It was fun," added Northridge junior Amber Wheeler. "I saw different tractors I never knew were out."

Other highlights of the Sept. 22-24 show included demonstrations and displays from OSU colleges and state agencies; farm safety, home safety and health information; hands-on demonstrations of global positioning systems; expanded programs on conservation practices; and an arts and crafts exhibit tent.

About 600 exhibitors from all over North America were featured in the Central Exhibit Area.