Farm Science Review showcases the future of farming
Today, American farmers feed not only American consumers, but the hungry people of the world.
Will we be able to say that in 50 years?
That was the question on the minds of many people at the 50th annual Farm Science Review near London in mid-September.
Today, the world is six billion people. There may be nine billion or more in 50 years. Will the American farmer be capable of feeding that many people?
What changes in agriculture technology will be needed to increase both yield and nutritional value in the crops we Americans produce? Will there be enough farmers in the United States in 50 years to meet the world’s needs?
Chuck Gamble, the Manager for the Farm Science Review is optimistic about the future. He said this year’s theme, “Forecasting the Future” is appropriate. “This year we are looking at the future, and how we are going to feed the people of the world 50 years from now,” he said.
This year more than 120,000 people attended the Farm Science Review. The annual event draws people from not just Ohio and the nation, but visitors from all over the world. Everyone wants to see what the future of farming and agriculture will look like, and there is no better place to learn the future than at this gathering sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
That big title is important because the educational support from a major university is what makes this event unique.
When you walk around the 200-plus acres you immediately are struck by the OSU presence. There are dozens of staffers in the different agricultural sciences from OSU on hand to hold training sessions and workshops, as well as look at future trends in farming.
Walking around the grounds of the Farm Science Review is an overwhelming experience for anyone who has never attended the three-day exhibition. Hundreds of vendors, displays, new and future farm equipment, demonstrations and tons of food line the “streets” of this agricultural city. But one interesting point was made to me following the event by one of the people working at one of the vendor buildings.
The Farm Science Review isn’t an event just for farmers and those in agriculture. Fayette County’s Jason Gentry points out that it is a great event to attend for everyone.
Gentry, Seed Advisor, Southwest Ohio for Beck’s Hybrids, said Friday that anyone would enjoy attending the event to “see all the changes there have been in the farming and agriculture industry.” He added that there is also a lot of great food there and plenty of information and displays on other topics such as gardening.
That’s a great point. You don’t have to be a farmer or directly involved in agriculture to enjoy this event. In fact, everyone would benefit from attending, since all Americans benefit from what farmers do every day — feed the world.
It is a great idea to learn more about how that is done and how feeding the world will be done in the future. I will be there in 2013, and hope to see many of you there!
(Gary Brock is Editor-in-Chief of ACRES.)