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Agricultural Outlook Webinar

This article was originally published on the Ag Answers website.

Jan. 12, 2016

By Tracy Turner

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Wondering what's ahead for farmers and agricultural businesses in 2016? 

Learn what to expect this year during an agricultural outlook webinar Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. EST, presented by agriculture economists with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The presentation is part of the 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series offered by the college's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the college.

The webinar will feature presentations on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment, said Chris Bruynis, a farm business expert with the college. 

"Participants can listen and learn from Ohio State faculty as they discuss the opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector as well as interpret the impact of recent policy decisions," Bruynis said.

Speakers for the webinar:

* Matt Roberts, grain economist who will discuss his outlook for the 2016 grain market.

* Ian Sheldon, international trade expert who will discuss the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership and what it might mean for U.S. agriculture.

* Brent Sohngen, environmental economist who will present an analysis of President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan and its possible impact on Ohio.

* Barry Ward, leader of OSU Extension's Production Business Management program who will present an analysis of land values, cash rents, crop input costs and potential crop profitability in 2016.

"These presentations will provide excellent information and insights that will benefit farmers and agricultural leaders as they make plans for 2016 and beyond," Bruynis said. 

Registration for the webinar is $10 by Jan. 25 and can be made at Webinar login information will be sent to all registrants before the event.

For more information about the webinar, contact Bruynis at or 740-702-3200. For more information on the Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, visit