By Laura Mattimoe, Safety and Health Consultant
The first time I heard about Farm Science Review (FSR) was from my son. I was so proud of him. He was the School Farm Manager for the FFA chapter at our local high school. He had grown up on a farm – 90 acres that were planted, harvested, and maintained each year by a local farmer. Then his father bought a tractor and a drill, and my sons took over the planting and maintenance. And now, he was the School Farm Manager! He came home from school one day, so excited to tell me about this opportunity he’d been offered. A trip to Columbus to attend the FSR. “What is it?” I asked.
That was several years ago. I have since learned that FSR is a three-day event sponsored by Ohio State University and held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. The event is for everyone involved in agriculture to come together from across the country (the continent, even!) to share information on the latest and greatest in their trades.
Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Ohio’s economy and for the last 60 years, FSR has been providing an opportunity for Ohioans to share their stories of success and see the latest advances in agriculture. For three days, members of the agriculture community come together to connect, learn, and share stories.
Since I first heard of FSR, our family farm has expanded to 150 acres. We’ve raised chickens, sheep, hogs, and have grown wheat, corn, beans, and now hay. I’m looking forward to this year’s FSR to see what new ideas I can bring back to our farm. As a safety and health consultant, I want to share how we all can get our work done in a way that allows us to get back home safely every night. Honestly, I look forward to any chance to see people and talk to them in person. I’ll never take THAT for granted again!
I’m looking forward to this year’s FSR and I hope you’ll visit BWC while you’re at this year’s event. We will have two booths. One in building 513, booth 37 and another in the Farm Bureau building. Our booths will focus on hearing conservation and ergonomics. Our hearing conservation mannequin, Jolene, will be at the booth so you can check if you’re listening to your mobile device at a safe level. Our ergonomics demonstration will teach proper lifting technique and how to avoid back injuries.