Visitors to the Nationwide Donahey Land & Living Building will get in-depth, hands-on lessons about farming, food and high-tech agriculture. The state fair opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 4.
Visitors to the exhibit will learn about how animals are cared for on the farm. They will also see how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing environmental resources, how scientists are researching solutions to the biggest food and farming challenges and how young people can have careers in agriculture. Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will have a major presence at the building this year, where research and careers in agriculture will be featured messages.
Another new exhibit is a sow birthing center brought to the fair by the Ohio Pork Council. Each Saturday of the fair, visitors can see baby piglets and learn more about animal care on the farm.
In addition, Land and Living activities include planting crops in a tractor simulator, using drones in agriculture, shopping in an interactive grocery store, opportunities to ask a farmer about what they do, and families can record their state fair memories with a free photograph.
“All of these activities will have fairgoers getting as close as they can to agriculture without stepping foot on a farm,” said Pat Petzel, Ohio Farm Bureau vice president of communications. “We hope visitors leave with a better understanding of how agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives.”
The Land and Living Exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. All exhibits in the building are free.
Land and Living is made possible through the support of Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide, Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Corn & Wheat, Ohio Soybean Council, American Dairy Association Mideast and Ohio Poultry Association.
Featured exhibitors will include Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, Ohio 4-H, Ohio Christmas Tree Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio State Grange and Central State University among others.