The agricultural economy is currently experiencing a downturn, with lower farm incomes, flattening land values and cash rents, and increased levels of financial stress, according to Ohio State University agricultural economists speaking at the Farm Science Review Ask the Expert sessions. The outlook for the agricultural economy though is not as negative as we are not experiencing the conditions in the 80s when grain prices dropped, debt soared, and numerous farms went bankrupt.
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.
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.
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.
With U.S. corn production forecast at a record 14 billion bushels, growers can expect to see futures prices stay above $4 per bushel for the time being, says AEDE's Matt Roberts. This record production is an increase of 1 percent from the projected 13.843 billion bushels per acre the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast in its September report.
The 2013 Farm Science Review will be held from September 17-19, 2013 at Ohio State’s 2,100 acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. AEDE faculty, staff and students will have active roles at this year's event.
Cropland values in Ohio increased significantly in 2012 and are expected to continue an upward trend in 2013. Barry Ward, AEDE faculty member and Ohio State University Extension production business management leader, will field questions about farmland cash rent and values during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19.