Purdue specialists to lead FSR sessions

Sep. 28, 2016

Nearly a dozen faculty and staff from the Purdue University College of Agriculture and Purdue Extension will lead workshops, seminars and question-and-answer sessions on topics ranging from small-scale farming to forage testing at the 54th annual Farm Science Review, Sept. 20-22 in London, Ohio.

Purdue participants and the topics of their presentations are:

* Roy Ballard: “Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Sales with FoodLink,” Sept. 21, 11 a.m., and “Planting for Pollinators,” Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m. at the Small Farms Center.

* Tamara Benjamin: “Developing a Successful Farm on 20 Acres,” Sept. 20, 1 p.m., Small Farms Center.

* Amanda Deering: “Postharvest Sanitizer Use for Fruits and Vegetables,” Sept. 20, 11 a.m., Small Farms Center.

* Lenny Farlee: “Trees and Taxes,” Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m.; “Tree Planting” Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m.; and “Deer Exclusion Fence,” Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m., Gwynne Conservation Area.

* Ken Foster: “GMO Labeling and the U.S. Food System,” Sept. 20, 10 a.m., Tobin Building.

* Michael Langemeier: “Liquidity and Risk Management: Facts Everyone Should Know,” Sept. 20, 1 p.m. and “Cash Rental Rates for the Long Term,” Sept. 20, 1:40 p.m., Ask the Experts.

* Brian MacGowan: “Creepy Crawlers in Your Woods,” Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m., Gwynne Conservation Area.

* Michael O’Donnell: “Dealing with Pesticide Drift on a Small Farm,” Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Small Farms Center.

* Elysia Rodgers: “Understanding the Need for Forage Testing,” Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m., Small Farms Center.

* Hans Schmitz: “Hedging Weather Risks on Small Acreages: Tips From a Meteorologist,” Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m., Small Farms Center.

This is the 12th year Purdue has partnered with The Ohio State University to offer educational programming at Farm Science Review. Sponsored by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Farm Science Review offers visitors some 180 educational presentations. The Review annually draws between 110,000 and 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada and offers more than 4,000 product lines from 630 commercial exhibitors.

Advance tickets for the Review are $7 and are available at all Ohio State Extension offices. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.