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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is partnering with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association to offer the Ohio Grain Symposium on Dec. 18. AEDE experts who will speak at the event include Matt Roberts, Carl Zulauf, Ian Sheldon and Brian Roe. The event is free, open to the public and currently accepting registrations.
Carl Zulauf recently launched a website to help farmers make decisions on the farm bill’s crop program decisions. The website offers a number of tools, including policy briefs, links to calculators and video presentations. For the first time since the 2005 crop year, the farm bill’s commodity programs have the potential to make significant payments due to low prices and revenue for corn, soybeans and wheat.
Attend an upcoming Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting in your county during December 2014 and January 2015. The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on key issues in the agricultural community for 2015, including policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
Sarah Peterson, an undergraduate student in AEDE's Agribusiness and Applied Economics program, writes about her summer in Washington D.C. where she interned for the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The department requires that all undergraduate students complete an internship as part of their studies.