AEDE’s Ani Katchova recently received an Outstanding Research/Quality of Communication Award in the agricultural finance sector by the Agricultural and Finance Management (AFM) section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Katchova and her co-author Mary Ahearn, retired from USDA-ERS, were nominated for this award based on their publication, “Dynamics of farmland ownership and leasing: implications for young and beginning farmers” published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy in 2016.
Before the ceremonial mortarboard toss at graduation, the end of spring term brings a whirlwind of activity including celebrations, award ceremonies and banquets. According to graduating senior Craig Berning, his being named a CFAES Outstanding Senior, a Denman Forum winner and an Ohio State Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award recipient has led him to reflect on his time at OSU and his unique accomplishments. Berning spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. learning about food policy issues and the experience influenced his honors thesis on GMO and smart labeling.
The odds of landing a job before graduation were in Spring 2017 graduate Jake Vuillemin's favor. This past November, he found himself in the advantageous position of fielding three job offers six months BEFORE graduation. With the help of AEDE Lecturer Dr. Anna Parkman, Vuillemin was able to negotiate a pay scale that met his requirements for his dream job.
The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association's (AAEA) Fellows Selection Committee has selected five outstanding members to be honored as the 2017 AAEA Fellows. AEDE Professor Mario Miranda, and four other distinguished Fellows, were selected based on their exceptional contributions to the profession. These distinguished Fellows are leaders who are shaping the future of the Association and the field of applied economics.
In preparation for the Autumn 2015 class registration period, the AEDE undergraduate program will offer walk-in advising sessions for students enrolled in the Agribusiness and Applied Economics major on Mar. 30, Apr. 3, Apr. 8, and Apr. 15. Students enrolled in the major are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Faculty and staff from AEDE will be present to meet one-on-one with students.
With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 farm bill’s crop programs in February and March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety net decisions, recently said AEDE's Carl Zulauf. These decisions are significant considering that enrollment in the farm bill’s crop programs will last through the life of the legislation, which will expire after the 2018 crop year.
While cropland values in Ohio increased in each of the past three years, several factors, including continued low interest rates, low debt-to-asset ratios and lower profit margins, are likely going to make for a relatively flat land market in 2015, recently said Barry Ward an AEDE economist.
To help provide guidance and understanding of the financial and legal issues surrounding farmland leasing, Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program and Production Business Management program, which is overseen by AEDE's Barry Ward, will discuss the topic during a workshop to be held in four sites around the state.
The August 2014 water crisis in Toledo, Ohio, impacted Ohioans’ views of Lake Erie algae problems by increasing the attribution of blame of algae growth on crop and animal agriculture, as well as increasing the levels of reported fear and concern among citizens, said Brian Roe, an AEDE economist.