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Farm Science Review recap

An Ohio 4-H Professional helps youth complete an activity at the 4-H STEM tent.

In September, The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) celebrated the 60th Annual Farm Science Review. More than 114,000 visitors from across the United States and Canada traveled to London, Ohio, to attend the three-day agricultural education and industry exposition. The event featured more than 100 educational sessions, Youth participate in STEM activities in the 4-H Mobile Design Lab.comprehensive field crop demonstrations, a career fair, and more.

The 4-H STEM tent was a popular attraction for many of the students who attended with their agriculture education classes and FFA programs. Ohio 4-H professionals led youth through a variety of interactive activities designed to teach them about new developments in STEM technology. They learned how this information can be used on the farm or in agriculture-based careers.

Students also discovered how drones are being used to spread pesticides on infected Amy Jo Baughman, Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving for the CFAES Office of Advancement, speaks with an alumnus.fields, how diseases are contracted and ways to mitigate the spread, and the importance of pollinating insects, such as bees, on our environment. One of the more popular stations featured 4-H professionals demonstrating how liquid nitrogen can be used to make ice cream. After learning the science behind the process, students were rewarded by stirring up their own sample.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and 4-H alumni tent was also a popular space for visitors to learn about new developments in the college and Ohio 4-H. CFAES and 4-H alumni connected with university staff and shared memories from their time with the college or 4-H program. They also entered a raffle to win a garden tote bag, and a number of giveaways and treats were available for them to enjoy.