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Agricultural Economics

  1. Farm Bill Crop Safety Net Enrollment Deadlines Approaching

    Feb 25, 2015

    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.

  2. Farmland Value Expected to Take Direction from Crop Margins and Interest Rates in 2015

    Jan 30, 2015

    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.

  3. Ohio State Workshop Addresses Farmland Leasing Issues

    Jan 27, 2015

    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. 

  4. Researchers: Toledo Water Crisis Impacted Perceptions of Lake Erie Algae Causes

    Jan 26, 2015

    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.

  5. OSU Economist: GM Crops have had an Impact on Agricultural Productivity, Could Offer Solutions for Global Food Security

    Jan 14, 2015

    With recent food price spikes impacting global food security and a growing reliance on emerging economies to produce our world’s agricultural supplies, encouraging greater discussion on the impact that genetically modified (GM) crops have had on agricultural productivity is important, recently said Ian Sheldon, Ohio State's Andersons Professor of International Trade.

  6. AEDE at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations

    Jan 6, 2015

    The Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) recently gathered for its annual meeting in Boston, MA from Jan 3-5, 2015 where AEDE was represented amongst the program participants. In conjunction with approximately 55 associations in related disciplines, ASSA holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economic subjects. Over 520 scholarly sessions are held.

  7. Ohio State Agricultural Economist: Feeding the World after 2050

    Jan 5, 2015

    By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 to 9.5 billion, and by the end of the century, the population in Africa is expected to be three times its current level, according to AEDE professor Douglas Southgate. As a result, food insecurity in Africa will be much more severe than in other parts of the world, Southgate said during the Dec. 1 kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.

  8. Lower Crop Prices Make Grain Marketing More Important

    Jan 5, 2015

    Growers wanting to brush up on their grain marketing skills or those who want to learn how to improve their farm operation’s profitability can participate in a series of online grain marketing courses taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, including AEDE's Matt Roberts. Grain Marketing in Challenging Times will be offered Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3. 

  9. 12 Days of Experts: Farmers, Don’t Wait for New Year’s to Resolve Farm Bill Questions

    Dec 15, 2014

    Top New Year’s resolutions typically include pledges to lose weight, exercise more, get organized or quit smoking. But one New Year’s resolution farmers and farm land owners may want to include on their list is to make sure they understand all of the factors they should consider before making decisions about crop programs offered as part of the 2014 farm bill, according to AEDE professor Carl Zulauf.

  10. OSU Dairy Economist: Milk Prices, Global Export Demand and New Margin Protection Program Will Be Topics to Watch in 2015

    Dec 9, 2014

    U.S. milk production and dairy exports have increased significantly over the last decade, with an increase in milk production of 34 billion pounds from 2003 to 2014 and a dairy export increase of 25.7 billion pounds, said Cameron Thraen, AEDE associate professor, at the kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series where he offered a dairy industry trends outlook for 2015.