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Shalom: Israeli ag initiative welcomes FSR visitors

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Written Monday, September 18, 2006  

Ohio State University's Farm Science Review is welcoming Israel, the first foreign country to feature its agricultural technology during the event, which runs Tuesday through Thursday (9/19-9/21) at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation will host an Israel Agriculture Pavilion, featuring the latest in Israeli agricultural innovations, technology and equipment in dairy, poultry, fertilizers, plasticulture, automation and controllers, filtration, and more.

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative was established in 2002 and is dedicated to improving agricultural trade and research and development ties between Ohio and Israel by working with government, academic, and business entities and growers in both regions. The Israel Agriculture Pavilion will be located at No. 62 Chemical Avenue, near entrance Gate A.

"We are pleased that Israel is the first country to take the initiative and participate in the Farm Science Review," said Bobby Moser, dean of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. "This is a precedent, and we hope that by Israel's example other countries will see the value of our trade show and will participate in it in the future. Having an Israel Agriculture Pavilion as part of the Farm Science Review gives us a unique opportunity to learn from Israel's newest agricultural developments through the various companies and organizations that will be represented."

The Israel Agriculture Pavilion will present the latest from six Israeli companies:

* Shekel Scales, a leading provider of electronic scale and force measurement solutions.

* Dorot Control Valves, a manufacturer of valves for agricultural, industrial and water-works applications.

* AgroMind, a company that supplies systems for automatic data collection from plant environments.

* Pladot Mini Dairy, a company that manufactures miniaturized dairy processing facilities.

* SUBflex, a supplier of submersible, flexible net cages for aquaculture systems.

* Tzvi Sophisticated Technologies, a developer of computerized control systems for automatic feeder calves identification and weighing, and for open ponds and recirculating aquaculture operations.

"This is an opportunity for Ohio farmers to learn about the many opportunities for Ohio food and agricultural products in the Middle East," Fred L. Dailey, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. "Israel is a market that is ready and willing to purchase our products."

The Israeli Consul at the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia, as well as other distinguished guests, will be on hand to greet visitors Tuesday at the grand opening of the Israel Agriculture Pavilion. The Israeli Consul will be among the dignitaries attending the Ohio State University's Vice President Luncheon.

The Negev Foundation is a Cleveland-based, non-profit organization dedicated to insuring Israel's future through the development of the Negev desert region in Israel. The Foundation oversees numerous international projects involving joint research and development programs, agritechnology, and trade.

For more information, contact Sarah Horowitz, program director, Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation, at (216) 691-9997 or by e-mail at sarah@negev.org ; or visit the Foundation's Web site at http://www.negev.org .

Farm Science Review is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the academic units of the university's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Tickets for the farm show are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit the show Web site at http://fsr.osu.edu .

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