Speaker Bios

Ben Brown, Program Manager for the Farm Management Program

Ben Brown is the Program Manager for the Farm Management Program located in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Ben is from Appleton City, Missouri where he grew up on a diversified row crop and cattle operation and was active in 4-H and FFA. Ben received Ben Brownan undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 2015 in Agricultural Economics and Agronomy. As a student at K-State, he was a student assistant to Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh learning agricultural policy and as a legislative assistant in the Office of the University President under Dr. Sue Peterson. Ben worked closely with K-State’s Research and Extension system and the College of Agriculture to advance policy initiatives that benefited university students and extension patrons as well as involvement with the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility project. He received a Master’s in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Missouri- Columbia where he was a graduate assistant to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI-MU). His area of focus was on current U.S. farm policy with specific work on the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Commodity Programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014.  At Ohio State Ben hopes to create a Farm Management Program that shares knowledge between department faculty, industry, and extension specialist in the areas of Farm Risk Management. Areas of focus include: cooperative management, commodity markets, agricultural policy, farm financial health, land and rent markets, cropping system aids, trade impacts, and taxes. 

Kevin Elder

 Kevin Elder is a 1975 graduate of Ohio State University, with majors in Animal Science and Agricultural Education. He has more than 40 years of experience working in the agricultural industry through the Soil and Water Conservation Society, first in Fairfield County and then the state level. Kevin worked with Kevin Elderproducers and landowners on conservation planning to help them identify practices that achieved their target goals.  In 1986, Kevin started work in the Agricultural Pollution Abatement Program through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources where he provided training and technical assistance to the state’s 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts for improving water quality and addressing pollution complaints.  He retired from the Ohio Department of Agriculture as the Livestock Environmental Permitting Chief earlier this year, and has been active with his brother on their family’s grain and livestock operation. 

Tim Haab, Professor and AEDE Department Chair

Tim Haab is the Chair of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. He also serves as a professor in the department. His research and teaching focuses on environmental economics, experimental economics, and applied econometrics. Dr. Haab’s recent research has looked at the impacts of social norms on common pool resource management, modeling intertemporal decisions, measuring individual discount rates for environmental projects, the consistent modeling of individual welfare across value elicitation methods, and testing the stability of individual preferences in the presence of external stimuli. His recent applied research includes measuring the value of recreational angling in Ohio and Hawaii, measuring the value of oyster reef restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, and measuring consumer preferences for genetically modified foods. He has broad interests in the methodology and econometrics of nonmarket valuation, experimental economics, and applied welfare analysis. Dr. Haab joined the department in 2000 after five years on the faculty at East Carolina University.

Ani Katchova, Associate Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair

Ani Katchova is Farm Income Enhancement Chair at The Ohio State University and Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.   She chairs the Farm Income Enhancement Program and manages a research team of post docs, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate research assistants, conducting research and outreach on U.S. agricultural economics issues.  Her research areas include agricultural finance, agribusiness management and marketing, cooperatives, and applied econometrics. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Finance Review, and Agribusiness and has been funded by over $2.3 million in grants. She currently teaches courses in agribusiness finance and has previously taught courses in financial management, applied econometrics and statistics. She currently serves as an Executive Director for the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a Vice-Chair for the NCERA 210 Cooperatives group, and an editorial board member for Agribusiness: An International Journal.  Previously she served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, a chair of the AAEA Economic Statistics and Information Resources Committee, and a chair of the Agricultural Finance Regional Committee.  She was AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Economic Research Service at USDA and received the Bruce Gardner Outstanding Visiting Economist Award. She was also a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Austria.  She holds the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel.  She is the founder and instructor of the E

Ian Sheldon, Andersons Professor of International Trade

Ian Sheldon was appointed Andersons Professor of International Trade in July 2006. Professor Sheldon was born and raised in the United Kingdom, completing his BSc in Economics in 1978, and his PhD in Economics in 1981, both at the University of Salford, which is in the twin city to Manchester in the northwest of England. He spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, before taking a post as Lecturer in Economics and Agricultural Economics at the University of Exeter in 1982. Professor Sheldon came to The Ohio State University as a Visiting Professor in 1989, joining the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics as an Associate Professor in 1990, and becoming a full Professor in 1998. Between 2002 and 2006, Professor Sheldon was an Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the leading journal in the field, and he was Featured Articles Editor for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's re-launched journal, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy between 2010 and 2013. Professor Sheldon also completed a term as Chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium in 2010.

barry ward

As Leader, Production Business Management, Barry Ward provides leadership for Departmental and OSU Extension programs that provide managers of agricultural production businesses with tools, information, and analysis to manage their firms. He leads the department’s development of production business management programs and enterprise budgets, delivers educational programs for Extension educators and industry clientele, and conducts applied research and trains extension staff related to his programs. Ward joined the department in 2005 after 13 years as a county agent and educator with OSU Extension. Much of his educational program at the county level involved Farm Management and Marketing with emphasis on grain marketing; computerized farm record keeping; farm financial analysis; and grain production, management, and marketing.

Fred Yoder

Fred Yoder is a 4th generation farmer who has lived and farmed near Plain City, Ohio for over 45 years. Along with his wife Debbie and his 2 children, he grows corn, soybeans, and wheat on his 2000-acre farm. He and his family have also operated a retail farm seed, a precision ag and consulting business for over 40 years, and sell seed to all kinds of farmers including those who use biotech varieties, conventional varieties, and also to those who grow organic crops. Fred Yoder

Fred has served as president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA),  He has also served for many years in the Ohio Corn Growers Association in various leadership positions. He served as chairman of the NCGA’s Biotech Working Group, which helped to develop protocols to ensure that new emerging technologies could be used safely on the farm while protecting other existing crop systems. Fred has traveled many times to the European Union to speak about co-existence of production systems, where both organic and other production systems can thrive side by side as neighbors.  These days as a founding board member of the "Solutions from the Land Alliance" he is working and serving as Chair of the "North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance," representing all factions of production agriculture, and which is striving to ensure that farmer-to-farmer education and economics will be the driving force to adapting to feeding the world while dealing with a changing climate.  He is also currently serving on President Trump's Agriculture Advisory Committee, which is tasked with advising the President on various agriculture policy issues.

Carl Zalauf, Professor Emeritus

Carl Zulauf is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Zulauf’s areas of Zulaufspecialization are commercial agricultural policy and commodity futures and options markets.  r. Zulauf was raised on a general farm.  He was responsible for helping his Dad with the chickens and milk cows, as well as helping with the crops, in particular bailing hay and straw.  He remains a participant in the family farm as a share-rent landowner.  Dr. Zulauf has received nine awards for teaching, including awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (1995), the American Agricultural Economics Association (1991 and 1999), and The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (1996).  He has also received three awards for service to students, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Corn Growers Association (2008).Dr. Zulauf has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 250 outreach articles, he has conducted over 400 public meetings, and he has served as a source for over 750 articles appearing in print, radio, TV, and electronic media.  He is a member of the team of agricultural specialists who contribute to the daily blog known as farmdoc daily at the University of Illinois.