LONDON — Fayette Countian and Ohio State University sophomore Natalie Miller didn’t appear nervous in the least. “But I was nervous, just a little,” she said.
The Miami Trace Class of 2015 graduate on Tuesday morning was the master of ceremonies at the annual Celebration of Ohio Agriculture Luncheon held on the opening day of the Ohio Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agriculture Center in Madison County near London.
Miller was the MC before more than 300 guests, including OSU President Michael Drake, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences interim Dean Lonnie King, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a host of state elected officials and OSU alumni and guests.
“This is a special event, a formal event, but also it was a relaxed and casual event, too. So I was only just a little nervous,” Miller said after the luncheon was finished. Miller majors in both agri-business and economics at OSU and is the daughter of Doug and Anita Miller.
She was the recipient of the Dairy Farmers of America Don H. Schriber Agriculture and Ecology Scholarship. She has been able to study abroad in places such as Nicaragua, she told those at the gathering. “I am so appreciative of this and all of those attending this event today and your support for our college,” she told the guests at the agriculture celebration luncheon.
President Drake told the audience that Farm Science Review represents the strength of Ohio State serving Ohio, the nation and the world. “It was one of the things we wanted to focus on back in 1870 and the things important to us. We wouldn’t be what we are without you,” he told those in the OSU agriculture college and their supporters.
“Today we celebrate agriculture in Ohio, and we certainly have a lot to celebrate,” said King. He said at OSU, there has been in the last 10 years a 37 percent increase in agriculture students, almost 4,000 students at present.
During the Farm Science Review three-day event, there are a number of presentations on topics such as GMO labeling and the U.S. food system, seminars on how farmers can “survive on low profitability,” the prospects for grain prices this season and the outlook for profits in 2017, as well as agronomy demonstrations, dozens of food vendors and more than 600 exhibitors.
Gary Brock is the editor of Rural Life magazine.