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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics



  1. Students Offer Sustainability Solutions to Mayor Coleman’s Green Team

    Apr 21, 2015

    Students in “Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience” (ENR/AEDE 4567) received hands-on training this semester on preparing and presenting research to policymakers.

  2. Ohio State’s Andersons Program in International Trade Offers New Research on How Carbon Taxes May Impact the North American Aluminum Industry

    Feb 25, 2015

    With its energy-intensive production practices and competition from international producers, the U.S. aluminum industry is extremely vulnerable to international competition, recently noted Ian Sheldon in a policy brief highlighting new research from Ohio State’s Andersons Program in International Trade on the North American aluminum industry and how carbon taxes may impact it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. OSU Environmental Economist: Market-based Solutions to Reduce Phosphorus Emissions Should be Examined

    Dec 12, 2014

    “Part of our failure to reduce phosphorus emissions stems from the use of voluntary approaches for agriculture, which struggle to reduce pollution even under the best circumstances,” Brent Sohngen, an AEDE professor and director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, said Dec. 1 during the kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.

  6. 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. 

  7. Economist Offers Farm Bill Decision Resources for Making 2014 Crop Program Choices

    Dec 1, 2014

    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.

  8. Ohio State Economist: Taxing Phosphorus Could Reduce Risk of Algal Blooms

    Sep 29, 2014

    Imposing a 25 percent tax on phosphorus, used as a fertilizer primarily on corn, could reduce soluble phosphorus concentrations in the watershed by about 8 percent, according to an analysis led by Brent Sohngen, AEDE professor and Director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative. 

  9. Panel Discussion at Farm Science Review to Focus on New Programs in the Farm Bill

    Sep 10, 2014

    As growers consider their options under the new provisions of the 2014 farm bill, several AEDE economists will discuss what the changes mean for farmers during this year’s Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Matthew Roberts, Carl Zulauf and Barry Ward will participate in the discussion with Jim Mintert from Purdue University. 

  10. USDA Launches New Dairy Decision Tool that Ohio State Economist Helped Develop

    Sep 9, 2014

    A new online tool designed to assist dairy producers in understanding coverage options under the new farm bill was developed by a Cameron Thraen, an AEDE dairy economist, with colleagues from the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and The Pennsylvania State University.