OSU Farm Management

President Lincoln's 1862 vision for land grant institutions to provide education and research to the masses is strong and prosperous at The Ohio State University. However, as President Kennedy vocally announced, there is always a new frontier to meet and face. As a cornerstone land grant university, our goal is to provide farmers, ranchers, industry, elected officials and interested parties with information and tools that will guide in the development of business and political decisions. Supported by the Department's Mission Statement to generate and disseminate knowledge through application of economic and business principles to society's challenges, the Farm Management Program is committed to support our stakeholders in the Food and Agriculture Production sector with relevant and timely information.

farm management program mission

The program strives to address critical farm management issues affecting Ohio agriculture, including marketing and price analysis, farm financial management, risk evaluation, agricultural processing, environmental objectives, and farm entry and growth.
The program serves a bridge between the Department, Ohio State University Extension and agricultural stakeholders.
On the webpage, there is Within this tab there is information about Ohio farm finances and commodity budgets, tools for grain marketing, analysis of U.S. and world grain markets, basis tracking, county level agricultural impact statements, and representative farm analysis in select locations around the state.
For more information, contact Ben Brown, Program Manager and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Agricultural Risk Management.  

recent updates

The Ohio State University's Guide to 2018 Farm Bill Commodity Programs- OSU Farm Bill Team- November 12, 2019.
Corn,Soybean and Wheat Trends by Ohio County, 1972-2018- Carl Zulauf, Robert Dinterman, and Ben Brown- Nov. 11, 2019.
Organic Agriculture, 2017 US Census of Agriculture- Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- published by farmdocDaily on August 23, 2019.
Ohio Soybean Exports to China: A Year after Implementation of Tariffs- Ben Brown, Ian Sheldon, and Tim Haab- August 2019.
Use of Tile, 2017 US Census of Agriculture- Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- published by farmdocDaily on August 1, 2019.
Tillage Practices, 2017 US Census of Agriculture- Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- published by farmdocDAILY on July 25, 2019.
Cover Crops, 2017 US Census of Agriculture- Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- published by farmdocDAILY on July 24, 2019.
Changes in Ohio Farms Over a Decade- Ben Brown and Carl Zulauf- June 2019.
A Brief Look at Cover Crops, Type of Tillage, and Tile- Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- June 2019.
A Brief Look at Ohio and US Organic Agriculture, 2017 Census of Agriculture- Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- June 2019.
Estimates for Ohio Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Payments for Program Year 2018- May 15, 2019.
Net Returns for Ohio Corn Producers using the RMA Projected Price- March 18, 2019.
Net Returns for Ohio Soybean Producers using the RMA Projected Price
- March 18, 2019.
USDA Projects Higher Farm Income in 2019- Ana Claudia Sant'Anna, Ben Brown, Ani Katchova- March 11, 2019.
Title by Title Summary of the 2018 Farm Bill- by Dr. Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown- February 19, 2019.
Prospects for U.S. Corn Exports in 2018/19 and Beyond- February 15, 2019.

2018 updates

USDA Market Facilitation Program and the Impacts on Ohio Farm-Level Income - September 26, 2018.
AEDE Flyer on the Market Facilitation Program - September 26, 2018.
Update of the U.S. and Ohio Farm Income Forecast- September 12, 2018.
Presentation on Chinese Soybean Trade with the U.S.- August 29, 2018.
State of the 2018 Farm Bill- Posted July 19, 2018.
Current Commodity Situation and Outlook for Ohio- Posted May 31, 2018.
Trade Impacts to Ohio Agricultural Producers- Posted May 15, 2018.
Agricultural Risk Coverage Payment Estimates- Estimates of Ohio payments to be made in October 2018. Posted March 6, 2018.
County Level Analysis of Agricultural Impact- Posted February 20, 2018.
Grain in Stroage- summary of quantities of grain in storage across the country and world. Posted February 18, 2018.
Contribution of Agriculture by County - an economic snapshot of agriculture to the county economy. Posted January 8, 2018.
Review of Ohio Commodity Payments- Program Year 2016 (covering marketing year September 2016 to August 2017 for corn and soybeans) Posted November 2, 2017.

Visit the Ohio State University Extension Farm Management program website for other resources, including budgeting tools, decision tools, and data and statistics, for those working in agriculture across the State of Ohio and beyond.