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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.