A donation to Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has established a new agribusiness cooperative center that already has been called a national model. Housed in AEDE, the center is charged with improving economic conditions for the state’s farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs by teaching business principles, collaborative leadership development and shared research.
With the passage of the 2014 farm bill, which authorizes U.S. agricultural and nutrition programs through 2018, major changes are coming to crop safety net programs, said Carl Zulauf, an AEDE agricultural economist. Zulauf will field farm bill questions on Sept. 16, 17 and 18 during the "Question the Authorities" sessions at the 2014 Farm Science Review.
“There is little doubt that 2014 corn and soybean yields will break records. The main question is by how much,” said AEDE's Matt Roberts. Roberts will answer questions on Sept. 16 and 17 during the "Question the Authorities" sessions at the 2014 Farm Science Review.
While cropland values in Ohio increased in the past two years, they have remained flat, and in some cases declined depending on the land class, in 2014, Barry Ward, an AEDE economist and production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension recently said.
Dairy and agriculture economists and policy experts with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will hold meetings across the state as part of an effort to help farmers learn more about the 2014 farm bill and how it can impact dairy producers. AEDE's Cameron Thraen will participate.
Farm Credit Mid-America, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency have organized a series of free farm bill briefings to help producers understand new crop insurance programs. The events will feature AEDE's Carl Zulauf and Jon Coppess from the University of Illinois.
Each summer one of the most highly anticipated events for AEDE’s faculty and students takes place: the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). AAEA is the premier professional organization for agricultural and applied economists working in the U.S. At this year’s meeting, which was held from July 27-29 in Minneapolis, nearly 20 AEDE faculty and students presented their research.
In a recent statewide survey of Ohio farmers, farm managers, landowners and farm equipment operators, Barry Ward found that, on average, custom farm work rates in the state of Ohio are rising. The survey findings are used by agriculture professionals to understand current market rates for farm services.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said that as part of the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014, it will award $6 million in funding to universities and cooperative state extension services to prepare farmers for new Farm Bill programs. Cameron Thraen is among a group of experts nationwide who will help to develop educational materials targeted at dairy producers.
As part of the $3.8 million in scholarship funds awarded by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to its students each year, this year AEDE offered more than $56,000 in scholarship money to 24 Agribusiness and Applied Economics undergrads. AEDE scholarship funding is provided by a wide array of generous organizations and individuals.