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News article: Taxes on Farmland Dropping Steadily

Taxes, on average, are going down for owners of farmland across Ohio and are expected to decline at an even faster rate beginning in 2020, a study by researchers with The Ohio State University shows.

Media mention: Numbers Show Agriculture Isn't Seeing Alarming Rise in Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcies

Economists from the Ohio State University looked at the trends in Chapter 12 filings each year, evaluating whether the recent downturn in commodity prices is impacting the number of bankruptcies agriculture is seeing.

News article: Farm Income Projections Hold a Bit of Good News

Corn prices are on the rise, while soybean prices are projected to continue to dip this year before recovering a bit in 2020, according to government projections.

And this year, national net farm income, which takes into account many commodities not grown in Ohio, is projected to increase 10 percent over last year’s total, forecasts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show.

News article: Net Farm Income is Forecasted to Increase in 2019

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), on March 6th, forecasted U.S. net farm income for 2019 to increase 10% from last year, from $63.1 billion in 2018 to $69.4 billion in 2019. This forecast is a positive sign to producers after a drop in farm income in 2018.  

Media mention: Does the U.S. Have Record Bankruptcies in Farm Country?

Farmers can actually file under four possible chapters of the bankruptcy code, said Robert Dinterman, a researcher with Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. They are chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13.

Media mention: Fact-Checking Tulsi Gabbard on Farmers' Bankruptcies, Median Income

Researchers at the Ohio State University told PolitiFact that farmers and fishermen, especially those who exceed the Chapter 12 debt limit, can also file for Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

News article: Farm Bankruptcies are Stabilizing

Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings have been fairly stable over the past few quarters and have stabilized to around the same levels as when chapter 12 became a permanent fixture of the bankruptcy code in 2005. The US experienced elevated levels of chapter 12 filings towards the end of 2009 through mid-2012, but aside from the second quarter of 2017 there has not been a quarter with more than 150 chapter 12 bankruptcies filed and that is a good sign for the agricultural sector.

Media mention: Ohio Farm Incomes Expected to Dip Again Next Year

Continued low commodity prices and uncertainty due to the trade war with China has economists predicting another fall for farm incomes in Ohio.

News article: As Farming Grows More Complex, Need for Sound Data Only Increases

Farming in America is a complex undertaking. There exists great diversity in the size, structure and organization of farms.  All farming operations are integral to the U.S. economy and the supply of reliable food sources. To understand the agricultural sector better and maintain good agricultural policies, data collection methods and measurement tools need to keep up with the current realities of farming.

Media mention: New Report Provides Guidance to USDA for Updating Its Data Programs to More Completely Understand American Agriculture

Ani Katchova in National Academies news release. The report provides recommendations to help USDA identify new approaches for effectively collecting data and reporting information about American agriculture, given the increased complexity of farm businesses in recent decades.

Media mention: Bumper Crops Not Paying Off For Farmers

Ani Katchova, Ian Sheldon, and Ben Brown in Columbus Dispatch

Media mention: Ohio's Farm Economy Looking Grim Heading into 2018 Harvest

This fall most farmers in Ohio will be grinning at the numbers they see on their yield monitors and scowling at the numbers they see in the markets as combines roll through crop fields.

Media mention: Ohio Prepares for Record Farm Yields, Terrible Crop Prices

It’s a paradox in the heartland. Farmers are looking at silo-busting harvests and thin wallets.

News article: Net Farm Income Expected to Decline Again in 2018 After a Small Rebound Last Year

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.

News article: Ani Katchova Completes Service on AAEA Executive Board

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.

News article: Feng-An Yang Awarded Bernie Erven Teaching Award

Dr. Allen Klaiber and the graduate program committee would like to ask you to share in their congratulations of the 2017-2018 winner of the Bernie Erven Teaching Award, Feng-An Yang.  This award is presented annually to the graduate student who best exemplifies the tradition of teaching excellence that Bernie Erven achieved throughout his distinguished career as a professor in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. 

News article: Professor Katchova Serving as USDA Review Panel Chair

AEDE Associate Professor Ani Katchova is serving as a chair for a review panel for the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) Farm Income and Wealth Forecast Program. 

“Our goal is to study how ERS makes farm income forecasts and estimates for the U.S. and state farm sector income and to offer recommendations for improvement,” Katchova said.

 She received funding from a cooperative agreement with ERS to support this work. 

News article: CAUV values on agricultural land are expected to decline by 11.2% per acre on average

There are two types of tax values that are on the minds of farmers: market value (the value per acre for highest and best potential use) and current agricultural use value.  Farmers who farm more than 10 acres and participate in the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program typically benefit from lower tax bills because tax is calculated based on below true market values.  The program began in 1973 with the intention of leveling the playing field for farmers by computing farmland values based on crop yield, soil conditions, interest rates, and crop prices that have proven to be volatile

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News article: Farm Income Expected to Rise

Even amid lagging profits from corn and soybeans, Ohio farmers have a reason to be somewhat optimistic, according to Ani Katchova, an associate professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.  Katchova spoke at the Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference on November 9, 2017, an annual event organized by AEDE at Ohio State, presenting resea

Media mention: Cautious Optimism Seen on Ag Economic Conditions

With some improvements in 2017 in farm income and farm assets, optimism is slowing growing for finding the bottom in the current low agricultural economic cycle.

Media mention: Ohio farmers, while overall in good shape, face uncertainties

Ani Katchova in Columbus Dispatch

Media mention: Ohio Farmers, While Overall in Sound Shape, Face Uncertainties

Ohio’s farm economy is a bit like an ambiguous weather forecast: partly cloudy with a chance of gloom but the possibility of sunshine.

News article: Three AEDE Professors and Endowed Chairs Honored as OSU Masterminds

Masterminds, held on October 5th, is a new event that features The Ohio State University's strongest colleges and most brillant faculty who hold endowed positions.  The first endowed chair was established at The Ohio State University in 1963. Since then, more than 170 endowed chair positions have been created to benefit The Ohio State University for generations to come.  Three AEDE Professors who hold Endowed Chairs were honored.

News article: Bumper Profits Aren't Predicted for Ohio Farmers but the Ag Economy is Not Repeating the 1980s

The agricultural economy is currently experiencing a downturn, with lower farm incomes, flattening land values and cash rents, and increased levels of financial stress, according to Ohio State University agricultural economists speaking at the Farm Science Review Ask the Expert sessions.  The outlook for the agricultural economy though is not as negative as we are not experiencing the conditions in the 80s when grain prices dropped, debt soared, and numerous farms went bankrupt.