In the Press

Within two years of President Trump’s taking office, one of his key political constituencies — America’s farmers — were reeling from his trade war with China.
Global Wheat stocks ballooned almost up 9 million metric tons. That will be a very bearish factor on the market over the next couple of days as we move forward trying to work down some of the those stocks. (View at 3:20)
Mass euthanasia of livestock, millions of gallons of dumped milk, piles of fresh vegetables left to rot in the sun: Images of farmers dumping their products stand in stark contrast to those showing mile-long lines for food banks. Over 36 million Americans are now unemployed, and food insecurity—which affected one in six Americans before COVID-19—will likely increase. Yet farmers say getting food into the hands of those who need it most is exceptionally difficult and often beyond their control.
President Trump has said the US could save $500 billion by dissolving its trade relationship with China. Ohio State University Trade Economist Ian Sheldon says Trump is referring to the US trade deficit with China, but he thinks the comments are over-simplifying the trade relationship.
In some regions, climate change is seen as a concern for future generations. But in the South Asian country of Bangladesh, rising sea levels, increased frequency of extreme weather and other impacts related to global warming are causing a migration crisis for the entire region.
Ethanol is a component of gas and could spur higher use.
We’ve come a long way in Ohio since the 1960s, when the Cuyahoga River famously burned. The pollutants that create smog have been reduced dramatically through regulation and restructuring of our economy away from heavy industry. Although work remains to reduce some forms of water pollution, water quality has improved as a result of regulation of industries and cities.
A paper released today by ag leaders with Ohio State University and the University of Illinois analyzes if 2014 Farm Bill payments can inform 2018 Farm Bill decisions between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.
The U.K. is scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of the month. When Brexit officially happens, the British government will no longer be subject to a raft of EU rules, including food safety regulations that prohibit the sale of chicken disinfected with chlorine.
Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economist at Ohio State, notes that $40 billion in ag exports by the end of the year represents a major jump for U.S. output. “If China meets those commitments, that is a significant increase in our exports to China,” he says. “Our exports have never been above $29 billion, before the trade they were around about $24 billion, so we’re talking about almost a doubling of our exports in a one- to two-year period.”