The Molly Caren Agricultural Center is home to the annual Farm Science Review, a shining star in the agricultural exhibition world. The three-day event annually attracts upwards of 130,000 visitors from across the United States and Canada. Visitors at the Review can experience 80 acres of exhibits with more than 600 agricultural companies that showcase 4,000 product lines of equipment and agricultural supplies. Another 600 acres is used for various field demonstrations such as corn and soybean harvest, tillage, precision agriculture, drainage management installations, and nutrient application techniques.
Educational programs ranging from agronomy, small farm education, pesticide education, ag safety, universal design and horticulture are offered by Ohio State and Purdue University specialists. The Review offers producers and landowners information that can benefit all aspects of their homes and agricultural businesses.
The land focus at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center is crop production of corn, soybeans and wheat. More than 1,200 acres of crops are grown with the latest technology available in the agricultural industry. This technology provides the opportunity to evaluate the best way of producing a crop and the best method of generating important crop information. A wide scope of projects is conducted at the center throughout the year. The majority of these projects are related to agronomy and precision agriculture technologies such as remote sensing, nutrient utilization, equipment/soil interactions, crop population intensities and drainage management. Other projects include wastewater treatment evaluations, alternative ditch designs and pollinator health studies. All of these projects provide ways to evaluate what is happening on the large-scale producer farms and land at the center. Working together to make all of this happen are more than 30 corporate partners, 12 state and national associations, several state agencies, Ohio State departments, and the Molly Caren Agricultural Center staff. In addition to the Farm Science Review, the center hosts various outreach events including corporate trainings, Master Gardener Volunteer trainings and meetings, field days, and 4-H and FFA camps and events.
The Gwynne Conservation Area is a 67-acre demonstration and education area for agriculture and natural resource management practices. Conservation topics emphasized are water management, prairie and timber habitats, soil conservation, and alternative land uses. The Gwynne is used year-round for educational programs conducted by local and state agencies, as well as by other natural resource-related organizations. A four-season cabin is available for educational activities. A new addition is the wetland deck, where visitors can experience nature up close. Each year during the Farm Science Review, more than 4,000 people visit the Gwynne, where exhibitor and university staff provide resources to landowners. A unique resource for Ohio citizens and other visitors, the Gwynne shows landowners ways to enhance their land for economic, environmental and enjoyment purposes.
Matthew Sullivan - Superintendent