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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.

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.  

Siddhartha Bora, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), has been awarded the 2021 William E.

A new Econometrics course was posted on the Econometrics Academy website and YouTube channel.  This is a master’s level Econometrics course taught with Stata or R.  Topics include multiple linear regression, regression inference, heteroscedasticity, indicator variables, panel data models, instrumental variables, probit and logit models, and more. Each topic has a video with lecture material and then a video with Stata or R estimating the models.

Are the United States Department of Agriculture's forecasts rational?  This is the question that AEDE’s Siddhartha Bora and Ani Katchova, together with Todd Kuethe, have answered in their recently published article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE).  Ani Katchova is the Farm Income Enhancement Chair and Siddhartha Bora is a Ph.D. student working with the Farm Income Enhancement team.

There’s a bit of good news for Ohio farmers to counter the bad news caused by COVID-19, as well as by last year’s historic rain. In counties scheduled for property value updates in 2020—about half of Ohio’s 88 counties—the average value of farmland enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program should be about 40% lower than 2017–2019, or about $665 per acre.

Even during a growing season when 1.5 million fewer acres of soybeans and corn were planted in Ohio, average farm incomes in the state are likely to increase compared to last year, according to an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University.

The Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program allows farmland devoted exclusively to commercial agriculture to be taxed based on their value in agriculture, rather than the full market value, resulting in a substantially lower tax bill for the farmer.

Financial stress, expressed as the ability of farmers to repay loans, is important to follow during times of low farm income.  A new report “Ohio Agricult

AEDE Associate Professor Ani Katchova’s service as Chair of a USDA Review Panel ended this past summer when she and the rest of the panel members delivered their findings after a two-year long review of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) Farm Income and Wealth Forecast Program.

Farm bankruptcies across the nation are up, but Ohio’s rate remains among the lowest in the Midwest, according to a new analysis by researchers at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultur

 AEDE faculty and graduate students have a long-standing history of membership and leadership with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

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 wit

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.

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.  

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. In general, the second quarter, which consists of the period between April 1st and June 30th, is the quarter that typically has the highest number of bankruptcies in a year.

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.

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. These declines in farm income reverse the small rebound in income in 2017 to what would be the second lowest values in inflation-adjusted terms since 2002.

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.

 

AEDE 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. 

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