LONDON —Tickets for the 2017 Farm Science Review, a three-day agricultural trade show Sept. 19-21 in London, Ohio, are now available for purchase online at fsr.osu.edu.
Buying tickets online allows people to get the $7 early discount price even though they may not live near an Ohio State University Extension county office or participating agribusiness, which are selling tickets at that price.
“Online tickets are the easiest option for people coming from out of state or buying the tickets for a large group,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of the Review.
Hosting over 600 exhibitors, the Review features business advice for farm businesses of all sizes, demonstrations of new equipment and workshops on topics ranging from cover crops to strategies on managing farm labor. Visitors can talk one-on-one with agronomists, view demonstration plots comparing the timing and placement of fertilizer and manure, and watch experts actively restoring a streambank and prairie.
Visitors to this year’s Review won’t have to dog-ear and mark up pages of the program to help organize what exhibits they’ll seek out from among the hundreds. A new online directory is available that allows people to perform keyword searches to locate exhibitors and to organize a lineup of events they want to attend. For those who prefer paper, a map is provided in the middle of the program.
More than 120,000 people typically attend the Review, an event sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 19-20 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21.
With so many exhibits and workshops at the Review, using the online directory as well as the Review’s free app could make it easier for people to organize their trip, Zachrich said. By registering for a free account, a plan created on the desktop directory is synced to the mobile app.
The Review’s app, which is available for both Apple and Android smartphone and tablet users, includes interactive maps, a schedule of events, and general information on the show and exhibitors. It’s available by download in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for “FSR 2017,” or by directing your mobile browser to fsr.osu.edu.
With the app, visitors can perform a keyword search to locate an exhibit they want to see and can even get walking directions to reach the exhibit.
“There’s a lot to see in one day over our entire show site. The mobile app will assist you in seeing the exhibitors and events you care most about,” Zachrich said.
Visitors using the app will be able to browse the interactive map and search for specific exhibitors or product categories.
“Many farmers are tech-savvy,” Zachrich said. “And some prefer to organize their trip on a phone or a mobile app.”
Now in its 55th year, the Review offers visitors some 180 educational presentations and opportunities presented by educators, specialists and faculty from OSU Extension and Purdue Extension, as well as the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college and OARDC is the research arm.
“Farmers in 2017 need to find a way to increase their profits, not just yields. At the Farm Science Review, they’ll find products and services that will make their operations more efficient,” Zachrich said.
Tickets for the Review, which will be at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, are $7 online, at a OSU Extension county office or participating agribusinesses and $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free.