Barry Ward

Barry Ward
Barry Ward
Assistant Extension Professor, Leader Production Business Management
Contact Information

334 Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
ward.8@osu.edu
Telephone: 614-688-3959
Fax: 614-292-4749

Degree information

M.S., Ag Econ, Ohio State (1991)
B.S., Ag Econ, Ohio State (1989)

As Leader, Production Business Management, Barry Ward provides leadership for Departmental and OSU Extension programs that provide managers of agricultural production businesses with tools, information, and analysis to manage their firms. He leads the department’s development of production business management programs and enterprise budgets, delivers educational programs for Extension educators and industry clientele, and conducts applied research and trains extension staff related to his programs. Ward joined the department in 2005 after 13 years as a county agent and educator with OSU Extension. Much of his educational program at the county level involved Farm Management and Marketing with emphasis on grain marketing; computerized farm record keeping; farm financial analysis; and grain production, management, and marketing.

Presented at The Ohio State University's 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on December 1, 2014.
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November 25, 2014
Ohio State University Extension Bulletin. Forthcoming.
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October 1, 2014
The custom rates reported in this publication are based on a statewide survey of 256 farmers, custom operators, farm managers and landowners conducted in 2014. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine...
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June 16, 2014
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2014. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 4.0% to 5.4% in 2014 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to...
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May 30, 2014
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on November 25, 2013.
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November 25, 2013
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to increase in 2013. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to increase from 6.8% to 15.4% in 2013 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to...
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May 16, 2013
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2012-2013 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on December 3, 2012
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December 3, 2012
Presentation by AEDE's Barry Ward at the Ohio Chapter ASFMRA Annual Meeting 2012
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February 2, 2012
A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid from the...
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January 1, 2012
2012 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey. We need your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates and hired labor costs in Ohio. This information is updated frequently and published by OSU Extension. It is widely used across the state,...
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January 1, 2012

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Presented at The Ohio State University's 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on December 1, 2014.
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December 1, 2014
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on November 25, 2013.
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November 25, 2013
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2012-2013 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on December 3, 2012
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December 3, 2012
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June 16, 2014
Swine - Wean to Finish - 2013
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March 22, 2013
Swine - Farrow to Wean - 2013
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March 22, 2013
Corn Production Budget 2013
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March 22, 2013
Soybean Production Budget 2013
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March 22, 2013
Wheat Production Budget 2013
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March 22, 2013
Alfalfa Hay Production Budget 2013
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March 14, 2013
Alfalfa Haylage Budget 2013
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March 14, 2013
Grass Hay Budget 2013
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March 14, 2013
Stocker Cattle Budget-2012
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July 11, 2012

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Course number Course title Semesters offered
AED ECON 3104 Farm Business Management Spring
While cropland values in Ohio increased in each of the past three years, several factors, including continued low interest rates, low debt-to-asset ratios and lower profit margins, are likely going to make for a relatively flat land market in 2015, recently said Barry Ward an AEDE economist.
To help provide guidance and understanding of the financial and legal issues surrounding farmland leasing, Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program and Production Business Management program, which is overseen by AEDE's Barry Ward, will discuss the topic during a workshop to be held in four sites around the state.
Attend an upcoming Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting in your county during December 2014 and January 2015. The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on key issues in the agricultural community for 2015, including policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
As growers consider their options under the new provisions of the 2014 farm bill, several AEDE economists will discuss what the changes mean for farmers during this year’s Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Matthew Roberts, Carl Zulauf and Barry Ward will participate in the discussion with Jim Mintert from Purdue University.
While cropland values in Ohio increased in the past two years, they have remained flat, and in some cases declined depending on the land class, in 2014, Barry Ward, an AEDE economist and production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension recently said.
In a recent statewide survey of Ohio farmers, farm managers, landowners and farm equipment operators, Barry Ward found that, on average, custom farm work rates in the state of Ohio are rising. The survey findings are used by agriculture professionals to understand current market rates for farm services.
The Ohio State Agribusiness Club honored Professor Ian Sheldon and Club members Lauren Prettyman, Lindsay Hope, Derek Snider and Megan Harris at its year-end banquet held on April 14th. The event also featured a keynote address from guest speaker Dale Minyo, AEDE alum and co-founder and farm broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net.
AEDE is again surveying Ohio growers to learn how often they hire farm workers and machinery operators and at what pay rates. The Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey is conducted biannually as a means of gauging farm work completed by others. The deadline to complete the online survey is March 7th.
Attend one of the dozen agricultural policy and outlook county meetings to be held throughout Ohio in December 2013. The meetings will feature presentations from AEDE experts on policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
While cropland values in Ohio increased in 2012 and 2013, they are expected to remain flat or even decline in 2014, Barry Ward recently said at the opening of the 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series.

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January 28, 2015
Barry Ward in Ohio Ag Net/Ohio's Country Journal
January 23, 2015
Barry Ward in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
January 8, 2015
Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series in the Daily Advocate
January 6, 2015
Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series in the Xenia Gazette
January 2, 2015
Barry Ward in the Coshocton Tribune
January 1, 2015
Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series in the Sandusky Register
December 31, 2014
Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series in the Xenia Gazette
December 29, 2014
Barry Ward in Civitas Media
December 24, 2014
Barry Ward in Farm and Dairy
December 17, 2014
Barry Ward in Ohio Ag Net/Ohio's Country Journal

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Barry Ward , Assistant Extension Professor and Leader Production Business Management, presents a summary of his presentation at the 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series : " Examining Land Values, Cash Rents, Crop Input Costs and Potential Crop Profitability in 2015 ."
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Barry Ward, Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, presents a summary of his presentation at the 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series, "Farmland Value, Cash Rent and Crop Input Outlook 2014".
Barry Ward, Assistant Extension Professor and Leader Production Business Management in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, presenting "Examining Potential Profitability in 2013: Land Values, Cash Rents & Crop Inputs" at Ohio...
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 9:00am
Learn more . Location and registration information: Fairfield County Ag Center, 831 College Ave., Lancaster, Ohio. Contact Stan Smith at 740-653-5419 to register. A program on the Farm Bill will follow the Farmland Leasing Workshop. Registration fee of $10 includes both programs.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 1:00pm
Learn more . Location and registration information: Kent State University-Tuscarawas, 330 University Drive N.E., New Philadelphia. Contact Chris Zoller at 330-339-2337 to register. Registration is $15.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:00pm
Learn more . Location and registration information: Paulding County Extension Office, 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding. Contact Sarah Noggle at 419-399-8225 to register. Registration is $20 by Feb. 4.
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:00am
Learn more . Location and registration information: Greene County Career Center, Adult Education Building, 2960 W. Enon Rd., Xenia. Contact Mary Griffith at 937-372-9972 , ext. 114 by Feb. 16 for free registration.
Dec 4 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On December 4th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Nov 20 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On November 20th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Nov 6 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On November 6th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Oct 23 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On October 23rd at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Oct 9 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On October 9th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Sep 25 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On September 25th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Sep 11 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On September 11th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Sep 4 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
On September 4th at 7pm The Ohio State University Agribusiness Club , which overseen by Barry Ward, AEDE Assistant Extension Professor and Leader, Production Business Management, will meet in the Agricultural Administration Building (2120 Fyffe Road), Room 103. The Agribusiness Club consists of...
Dec 20 2013 - 8:00am to 11:00am
Fairfield County Ag Center, 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH 8:00am – 11:00am No fee but advance registration required by Dec 16 Call: 740-653-5419 x 23 For more info email: hogan.1@osu.edu Speakers: Matt Roberts , Barry Ward , Carl Zulauf The Ohio State University Agricultural Outlook and Policy...
Dec 19 2013 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Jewell Community Center, Defiance County, Jewell, OH 5:30pm – 9:00pm, $15/person RSVP by Dec 12 Registration form at: http://defiance.osu.edu Speakers: Matt Roberts , Barry Ward , Carl Zulauf The Ohio State University Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference Series is organized yearly by AEDE...

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