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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Agricultural Economics

  1. Picture of a bundle of wheat tied with a blue and yellow ribbon.

    How will the invasion of Ukraine affect U.S. agriculture?

    Apr 15, 2022

    The shock to global commodity markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to be the largest in the post-war period, and certainly since the oil crisis of the 1970s.  Over the past 30 year, the two countries have become major agricultural exporters, accounting for a quarter of global grains trade in the 2021-22 season (International Grains Council, March 9, 2022).  Across key commodities, they account for a 34, 18, 27 and 75 percent share of volume traded of world wheat, corn, barley, and sunflower oil respectively (International Food Policy Research Institute, February 24, 20

  2. Picture of a red tractor plowing a field.

    Ohio labor and unemployment updates now available

    Jan 10, 2022

    What does the Ohio unemployment rate mean and how is it calculated? Do unemployment benefits play a role in keeping people unemployed? Where did all the workers go and what will the future hold? You can find answers to these questions and more in two new reports – one on the state of employment in the agricultural and food sectors, and the other on the state of unemployment in Ohio.

  3. Saving the best for last: U.S. Farm Report's College Roadshow ends season at The Ohio State University

    Nov 16, 2021

    The Ohio State University was the final stop on U.S. Farm Report’s 2021 College Roadshow, and faculty in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) shared their analysis on important economic issues impacting Ohioans.

  4. Picture of Drs. Seungki Lee, Margaret Jodlowski and Zoë Plakias in Coschocton.

    AEDE welcomes Dr. Seungki Lee, assistant professor and agricultural economist

    Nov 1, 2021

    Dr. Seungki Lee’s interest in agriculture started with a small apple orchard in South Korea. Lee, whose research areas include agricultural innovation and technology adoption, is the newest addition to faculty in the department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE). He is a native of South Korea, a country where most agricultural goods are imported from other countries.

  5. Picture of ag admin building.

    New article assesses diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in agricultural and applied economics departments

    Oct 26, 2021

    The last time someone comprehensively tracked diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the agricultural and applied economics field was over twenty years ago, but Zoë Plakias and a team of co-authors have changed that. Their new article assesses agricultural and applied economics departmental climates and suggests data-informed strategies to create more equitable and inclusive climates.

  6. Ian Sheldon reflects on storied career in agricultural economics

    Jul 12, 2021

    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. 

  7. Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference is a Must Attend Event for Anyone Working in Agriculture

    Oct 26, 2020

    Organizers of the 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University, say the aim of this year’s conference is to offer much-needed insight to those involved in the agricultural industry during a time marked with so much global uncertainty. Past attendees, ranging from producers to consumers and agribusinesses leaders to elected officials, say the annual conference provides information and outlooks that influence their businesses and decision-making processes. 

  8. Supply chain, U.S. trade policy, COVID-19 to be discussed during Farm Science Review

    Sep 11, 2020

    The U.S. trade policy, labor and immigration issues, agricultural commodity markets, and the food supply chain will be among the topics addressed at a panel discussion during the 59th annual Farm Science Review Sept. 22–24 at

  9. AEDE Welcomes Assistant Professor Margaret Jodlowski to The Ohio State University

    Aug 20, 2020

    When Margaret Jodlowski speaks with farmers and producers, she notices the curious smiles that break out on their faces when she divulges that she did not grow up on a farm but in the city of Chicago. She welcomes the question that always comes next: how in the heck did she end up working in the field of agriculture?

  10. Rural Job Growth Rate in Ohio Surpasses Columbus Rate

    May 10, 2019

    In a surprising turn, Ohio’s rural counties of Wyandot and Holmes topped the job growth rate of Columbus between 2010 and 2018, according to an economist with The Ohio State University.

    And other rural counties including Harrison and Morgan nearly matched Columbus’ job growth rate during that same period, said Mark Partridge, an economics professor at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).