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Ohio State to Host Grain Symposium Dec. 18

Dec. 8, 2014

This article originally appeared on the website of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). 

Dec. 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers wondering what questions they should consider before making decisions on the new Farm Bill crop programs, or those wanting to get an idea about what to expect in the 2015 grain market, can find out answers to those issues and more during a Dec. 18 grain symposium hosted by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The symposium will bring together farmers, researchers and industry experts who will offer insight into key agricultural issues, including Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist who is helping to organize the event. Roberts will also present an update on the grain market for the coming year. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the university’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.

Topics include:

  • The questions you should be asking yourself about your crop program decisions, presented by Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor and farm policy expert in the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.
  • Solutions to the Lake Erie algae problem: Views of farmers and the general public, presented by Brian Roe, also an agricultural economist in the college.
  • Agricultural productivity and the impact of genetically modified crops: What do we know, presented by Ian Sheldon, an international trade expert with the college.

The symposium is offered by CFAES along with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association.

The event is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, go to

Tracy Turner

Lyndsey Murphy