Students in the Ohio State chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) recently returned from the 2014 National NAMA Conference, held in Jacksonville, FL, feeling inspired by the many learning opportunities offered at the gathering. AEDE Agribusiness and Applied Economics major Ashley Christman shares her experience.
In preparation for Autumn Semester 2014 class registration, the AEDE undergraduate program will offer walk-in advising sessions for students enrolled in the Agribusiness and Applied Economics major on Mar. 24, Mar. 27, Mar. 31, and Apr. 4. 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.
Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) recently announced their new class of Student Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year, which includes two students enrolled in AEDE’s Agribusiness and Applied Economics undergraduate degree program. The students, Summer McCracken and Joshua Lees, will represent the college in a variety of ways.
This year, four graduates of AEDE’s programs have been selected by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to receive alumni awards at a ceremony on March 1st at the Ohio Union. The alumni include Robert Hothem, Kevin Adams, Matthew Pullins, and Allison Specht.
AEDE is again surveying Ohio growers to learn how often they hire farm workers and machinery operators and at what pay rates. The Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey is conducted biannually as a means of gauging farm work completed by others. The deadline to complete the online survey is March 7th.
AEDE’s Dr. Steven S. Vickner and Dr. Laura Tiu, Aquaculture Specialist at OSU’s South Centers, recently received a grant to conduct research on the sustainable management of commercial aquaculture systems in Ohio.
A dairy safety net alternative formulated recently by a pair of dairy economists at Ohio State is currently being discussed by lawmakers as a potential compromise to possibly end the dairy standoff that is one of the latest roadblocks in getting a new farm bill passed.
In the most recent issue of Choices, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), research by AEDE faculty member Brian Roe examining risk tolerance by U.S. farmers is featured. Roe found that farmers are less tolerant of risk than nonfarm business owners but are more tolerant than the general population.
Attend one of the dozen agricultural policy and outlook county meetings to be held throughout Ohio in December 2013. The meetings will feature presentations from AEDE experts on policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
Thanks to increased global grain production and lower domestic demand for grain for ethanol, crop producers will find 2014 to be tougher than the past few years and should prepare now for lower prices, AEDE agricultural economist Matt Roberts recently noted at a policy briefing.