Forty-five Northridge FFA students checked out the latest technology in the agricultural industry during the 51st annual Farm Science Review on Sept. 18.
The students were among almost 130,000 visitors during the course of the three-day event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center. Last year's attendance was 114,324.
"Exhibitors are very pleased, and farmers were out there smiling," said Chuck Gamble, manager of the Farm Science Review. "It's a great time to be in agriculture, especially knowing that the global food demand will reach 9 billion by the year 2050."
Northridge High School senior Kaitlin Piper said she learned all kinds of neat things.
"We started off in the natural-resource area, learning how to judge a soil pit from a soil scientist," she said. "Then we were given the option to ride back to the main part or stay. I stayed at the natural-resource area, and I learned about all kinds of trees and neat facts about the buildings and staircases that were there."
Piper said she also learned how to shoot a bow, and she talked to people from the Ohio Cattlemen's Association.
"We got to walk around and see all kinds of different engineering for farm equipment and livestock equipment," she said. "There were a lot of activities for kids and so many things to do. I also got to talk with college representatives and explore all kinds of agricultural options I can take through college. Overall, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun."
Eighth-grader Chase Pearce said he explored the archery area.
"Then I went to the main part of the Farm Science Review and looked at all kinds of knives and knife sharpeners," he said. "We also watched the fish-shocking sessions in the natural-resource area, where I learned how all kinds of different fish survive in the environment."
Northridge FFA adviser Kim Weiss said the chapter's members experienced the scope of the agricultural industry.
Some highlights of this year's review included two presentations by the Peterson Farm Brothers on Tuesday, the first-ever demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle at a farm show and three new inductees into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame. Also, early soybean yield results are showing 58 bushels per acre on average and 222 bushels per acre on average for corn.
Next year's Farm Science Review will be held Sept. 16-18.
The Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts more than 130,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada who attend for three days to explore 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors and to learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.