1. Net Farm Income Expected to Decline Again in 2018 After a Small Rebound Last Year

    Sep 13, 2018

    The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), on August 30, forecasted U.S. net farm income for 2018 to decline 13% from last year, from $75.5 billion in 2017 to $65.7 billion in 2018 (USDA 2018). If realized, U.S. net farm income would decrease to levels witnessed in 2016 (Figure 1). This decline is even larger when we consider inflation-adjusted values, showing a 14.8% decrease in real U.S. net farm income. The USDA also made a similar downward forecast for U.S. net cash income. Net cash income is projected to drop 12% in 2018, from $104 billion in 2017 to $91.5 billion in 2018. These declines in farm income reverse the small rebound in income in 2017 to what would be the second lowest values in inflation-adjusted terms since 2002.

  2. Ani Katchova Completes Service on AAEA Executive Board

    Aug 20, 2018

    Ani Katchova completed her three-year term on the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) Executive Board. Dr. Katchova is an Associate Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair at the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.  AAEA is a leading organization for applied and agricultural economists to present their work and network with colleagues.


  3. The Impact the Trade Disputes are Having on Farmers and the $12 Billion Emergency Aid Package

    Jul 27, 2018

    Professor Ian Sheldon Interview on Trade and Tariffs on Knowledge @ Wharton.

  4. To Be the Force it Could Be in Sustainability, Academia Needs to Build Bridges Faster

    Jul 25, 2018

    Academic institutions have the opportunity to play a far bigger and much-needed part in helping society solve global sustainability challenges, according to an Ohio State University researcher and her colleagues.

  5. Ohio State’s STEAM Factory Receives NSF Funding to Advance Informal STEM Learning

    Jul 23, 2018

    Universities are the largest repositories of domain-specific expertise, diverse talent and human capital. Whereas formal structured coursework typically progresses linearly, innovation occurs through unexpected connections across different concepts that occur largely outside formal structured environments. A new collaborative project that brings together The STEAM Factory, OHI/O Informal Learning in Tech Program, and Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has been awarded $1.2M from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program to advance innovative and creative STEM learning.

  6. Algal Bloom

    Algal Blooms 101

    Jul 20, 2018

    The harmful algal blooms that manifest on Lake Erie in the summer can be as murky a concept to understand as they look.

  7. Graduate Studies in AEDE Creates Career Path Focus

    Jul 19, 2018

    Dr. John Newton credits his time as a graduate student in AEDE, working on decision tools to mitigate agricultural’ risk as the catalyst for his itch to serve the agricultural industry and work on ag policy.  He was recently appointed Chief Economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the largest farm organization of independent farmers in the United States.

  8. AEDE PhD Candidates, Post Doctoral Researchers and Faculty to Present at Economics Conference

    Jul 9, 2018

    AEDE PhD Candidates, Post Doctoral Researchers and Faculty to present at Agricultural and Applied Economics Association meeting in Washington D.C. in August.

  9. Recent EEDS Graduate Pursues Career in Sustainable Energy

    Jun 27, 2018

    Sarah Fischer, a spring Ohio State graduate, became interested in sustainable international development as a high school student, when she learned that her French teacher’s husband was a former child slave in Haiti. Working with the nonprofit organization that he started to free other child slaves, she learned how deforestation and lack of environmental education contribute to poverty in developing countries such as Haiti.

    “At some point, I realized that it doesn't really make sense for us to go into other countries to tell them how to do things when we have so many environmental problems in the United States,” says Fischer, who received her degree in environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS). “So I began researching what our largest challenges were, and that’s how I got interested in promoting sustainability, specifically in the transportation and energy sectors.”

  10. In Surveys, People Say They'll Pay Twice What They're Actually Willing to Spend

    Jun 27, 2018

    ‘Hypothetical bias’ study finds big gap between speculation and reality.