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Farm Science Review

September 22-24, 2015


FIRST STEP Information

FIRST STEP Educational Orientation Guide


We changed the name from Fast-Track to FIRST STEP (Farming Includes Revolutionary Science & Technology with Stewardship Through Environmental Programs). The name change is just the start to providing a greater opportunity for each student to reach their potential learning experience at the FSR. The goal of this program is to have more educational sessions and activities for the student to interact with and participate.

As always, the Review has three main areas to be explored.  One area is the extensive commercial exhibits where all types of agricultural businesses exhibit and demonstrate their products or services.  The second is the field demonstration area, where actual operation of machinery is taking place under field conditions.  Students can observe comparisons in machine performance, learn about proper field adjustments and observe expert machinery operators handling equipment properly and safely.  The third area is the Gwynne Conservation Area, where many conservation practices have been implemented for landowners and farmers to observe.

2014 educational sessions and displays for students to learn and explore.

Here are some of the highlights in the FSR Exhibit Area:

Commercial Exhibits

We will completely fill the commercial exhibit area this year, with over 600 exhibitors from all over North America in the Central Exhibit Area.  Encourage your students to survey the grounds and learn about the different agribusinesses available to assist farmers in both crop and animal production as well as in areas of natural resources conservation.

OSU Central

The McCormick, Bailey, Firebaugh buildings and the Utzinger Garden are home to OSU, an area where we feature information from OSU colleges and departments. This year's displays focus on farm health and safety, cancer prevention, farm management programs, financial and economical information, the environment, and human and community development. Concurrent sessions will take place in the McCormick Building, Utzinger Garden and Question the Authorities.  Outside in the Utzinger Garden, sessions offer tips about home yards and gardens.

Antique Farm Equipment

The popular antique equipment building at the corner of Friday Ave and Market St, has overflowed into the William L. George Building at the corner of Friday Ave and Hay St. More than 1,600 pieces of farm machinery, garden equipment and kitchen utensils between 1800 and 1930 are in our collection. Special attractions are the 1805 wooden moldboard plow, antique garden tractors and an 1860 Milwaukee reaper. Look for the newest pieces including a horse-drawn milk wagon and a 1923 Model T milk truck!

Center for Small Farms

The Center for Small Farms is located at the corner of Corn Ave and Beef St (Lot 155).  The Center was established to provide information to smaller acreage farming operations.  Programming at the Center for Small Farms includes: SARE Producer Grants, Berry Production, Pasture Raised Poultry, Organic Apple Production, Agri-Tourism and Advertising, Meat Goat Production, Developing Fair Rents, and many more.

Gwynne Conservation Area

At the first shuttle stop on the way to the Field Demonstrations, information from Gwynne exhibitors and from the natural resource management experts will be available this year. Scheduled programs will also be conducted on a variety of conservation practices. Shuttle tours of the Conservation Area will be offered.

Refer to the FSR schedule for a complete list daily events and presentations in these areas.

Along with the highlighted areas, we are implementing some activities for the 2014 show:

Ag Teen Challenge (OSU Area)-This is a fast paced game where students can test their skills and knowledge in agriculture.

Buckeye World at the Bailey Building (lot 383) – Travel through the deparment displays to learn about opportunities in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Student games and prizes from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Farm Science Review Mission

The mission of the Farm Science Review is to provide access to current knowledge and technologies which enhance the quality of life and market competitiveness of individuals, families, industries, and communities.  This mission is accomplished by showcasing research, products, services, and experience through educational exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations on crop and livestock industries, natural resources and life-styles.


With the FIRST STEP Orientation, a London HS FFA student will greet you and your students on the bus and provide a short informational greeting. We will ask that you fill out a contact sheet for us that will assist in contacting you or your school during the visit, if needed.

2014 FSR Features at a Glance

This is the 52nd Farm Science Review, the 32nd at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.  It features…

  • 2,100 total acres.
  • 83 acres of exhibit space.
  • 700-plus acres of field demonstrations
  • Hundreds of demonstration plots and several million dollars worth of machinery.
  • Over 600 commercial exhibitors will represent more than 4,000 companies.
  • 100,000-plus annual visitors
  • Twenty first year inductions into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame.
  • Ohio Farmer Conservation Awards; Thursday at 11:30.
  • OSU Central, featuring demonstrations and displays from OSU colleges and departments.
  • Lots of farm safety, home safety and health information.
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) hands-on demonstrations in the demonstration fields.
  • Expanded programs on conservation practices in the Gwynne Conservation Area.
  • An arts and crafts exhibit tent.

Site Location

The Ohio State University's 2100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center is located two miles north of London on U.S. Route 40. From the east, take Interstate 70 to S.R. 29 south and follow U.S. 40 west. From the north, take S.R. 56 to U.S. 40 east or S.R. 42 to U.S. 40 west. From the south, take S.R. 38 to the site. And from the west, exit I-70 at U.S. 40 east of Springfield.

Farm Science Review Hours:

Tuesday, September 16         8:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday, September 17    8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday, September 18        8:00am-4:00pm


The following suggestions will improve effectiveness of this educational experience:

  • Review the contents of this packet and design a lesson plan specific to the content your students are studying.
  • Plan a student/chaperon ratio of 15:1.
  • The day before, give assignments to all students and review the rules they need to follow.
  • Do not bring students who lack self-discipline.
  • Do not allow students to return to the bus until a specific departure time.  If sack lunches are stored on the bus, plan to have the bus driver or yourself present as students pick them up.  Students are to be in the bus area only when they are supervised.
  • Radios will not be permitted on the grounds.
  • Students should dress in the same manner as they would when going to class with the exception of protective clothing (i.e., boots if the day is rainy, jackets if the weather is cool.)
  • Encourage students to wear FFA apparel (hats, t-shirts, jackets, etc).
  • After visiting the Farm Science Review, assess the happenings of the day in class to emphasize the opportunities in agricultural technology and correct any misconceptions that some may have observed.  Complete any follow-up activities for reflection of what was observed at the 2014 Farm Science Review.