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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Research Program

Research Program for Farm Income Enhancement Program

The Farm Income Enhancement Program, led by Ani Katchova, conducts research and outreach related to agricultural economics issues aiming to enhance farm income and promote long-term stability for farm businesses. Areas of research include agricultural finance, agribusiness management and marketing, and applied econometrics.  Recent research projects include farm income and finance, farm financial performance and stress, farmland ownership and leasing, farm entry and exits, and young and beginning farmers.

Katchova’s research has been published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural Finance Review, and Agribusiness. She received an Outstanding Research Award from the Agricultural Finance and Management section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Bruce Gardner Outstanding Visiting Economist Award from the USDA Economists Group.

Research Publications and Presentations
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Research Areas

  • Farm income and finance for U.S. and Ohio farmers
  • USDA farm income forecasts and long-term agricultural baseline projections
  • Financial performance of farms and agribusinesses – financial statements and ratios analysis
  • Financial stress, farm bankruptcies and ag loan delinquencies
  • Agricultural credit and lending institutions – bank regulations, evaluating farmer credit needs and risk, agricultural loan performance, capitalization of agricultural lenders
  • CAUV values and tax issues for farmland
  • Farmland ownership and leasing – farmer farmland purchasing and leasing decisions, life-cycle farmland decisions
  • Young, and beginning, and small farmers – capital needs of young, beginning, and small farmers, government programs supporting beginning farmers, farm transitions from one generation to the next
  • Farm entry and exits from agriculture – farmers entering agriculture, farm growth, and exits from farming
  • Structural changes in agriculture – consolidation and competition issues for agribusinesses
  • Marketing and production contracts – farmer use of marketing and production contracts, farmer interactions with agricultural processors
  • Direct marketing and local foods – farmers using direct marketing channels to market production, local and regional food systems