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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics



The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, was recently ranked first out of 39 agricultural economics departments in the country in scholarly research activity, according to

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Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 40 percent higher than 1990 and currently on track for their second-biggest increase in history.

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It is a shocking statistic. In the United States, nearly 40% of all food produced is never eaten. This anomaly results in lost resources, economic costs to businesses and households, decreased food security, and negative climate impacts. 

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Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), 

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AEDE’s Ani Katchova and Siddhartha Bora received an Outstanding Research Award by the Agricultural Finance and Management section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA-AFM).

Jess Kronenberger graduated in May with a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. While finishing her last semester of classes this past spring, she also completed her required internship.

When surveying his decades-long career as a professor and researcher, Ian Sheldon says he started out his career as an industrial organization economist who paid some attention to the impact of trade on competition. 

Siddhartha S. Bora (Sid), a fourth-year student in the AEDE Ph.D. program, was just awarded the Bernie Erven Graduate Teaching Award for 2021.

Survey Says

Whether it is after a webinar or an organization soliciting information, we all fill out our fair share of surveys.

According to Wuyang Hu, professor and AEDE Honors Coordinator, the responses recorded in a survey may not always reflect reality, particularly surveys asking folks “what do you plan to do” instead of “what have you done.”

Dathel Nimmons has worked in food supply chain management her entire career, most recently as senior vice president at Bob Evans. She also owns and operates two farms. She knows agribusiness and says supply chain is what makes it tick.

Access to labor was a concern for Ohio’s food and agriculture sectors before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which brought more volatility to the food supply chain. In April 2021, the federal government moved to bolster the available labor supply by increasing the number of available H-2B (non-agricultural) visas.

The national trend in grant-making agencies has been towards convergence research or interdisciplinary team-based research. The complex challenges we face today require new ways to collaborate, solve problems, and leverage multiple disciplinary approaches. The Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge (ERIK) has responded by creating the Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy. 

This new research leadership development program equips faculty with the skills needed to lead complex, interdisciplinary collaborations in pursuit of external funding. Those selected for this program include mostly mid-career, associate professors, and come from dozens of disciplines ranging from the health sciences; engineering; law; social and behavioral sciences; humanities; education; and natural, physical, and mathematical sciences.

Nick Messenger received his BS in economics from The Ohio State University in 2013. As an undergraduate, he took an active role in student government and served as president. After graduation, he taught in public education for a few years before deciding to return to Ohio State to pursue his PhD in regional and urban economics. His plan was to put all his energy into educational policy research and into studying the intersection of education, economics, and geography.

Alex Carr and Kevin Uth each joined Ohio State’s Food Recovery Network (FRN) to make an immediate impact on issues that face their community every day: hunger and food waste.

Dr. Anna Parkman came to academia from the business world where she gained practical experience in finance, management, and human resources. She also developed a large network of colleagues whom she now brings into the classroom to enhance student learning and help them make industry connections.

Ani Katchova, a faculty member and Farm Income Enhancement Chair in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, has been promoted to the rank of Professor.  

While climate scientists are not exactly sure how fast or high sea levels will rise, they agree on these principle impacts: submergence and flooding of coastal land, saltwater intrusion into surface waters and groundwater, increased erosion and overwhelmingly negative social and economic repercussions. 

Dr. Gopalakrishnan says that when she and 11 junior faculty members founded The Steam Factory in 2012, their goal was to create a grass-roots network of faculty, post-docs, and other like-minded professors across Ohio State to engage in creative and interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and dissemination of science.

Bill Patterson and Lane Osswald both credit some of their current success to the foundational education they received in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. They also believe the close-knit environment of the college allowed them to develop lifelong relationships with fellow students and many others in the agricultural industry.

In the fight against climate change, expanding and better managing the nation’s forests are the cheapest and easiest steps to cutting carbon dioxide emissions, according to new research at The Ohio State University.