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.
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.
Kathryn Dotzel, a doctoral student studying under Alessandra Faggian at AEDE, is spending her summer interning at the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). She is working with a team of researchers to analyze the pilot results of the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey, which was launched for the first time in 2013, and examines business innovation in rural America.
New analysis from Mark Partridge and Clare Cho finds that the number of authorized stores in Ohio that serve participants in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has not followed a consistent growth pattern in the state to match program enrollment, possibly impacting the program’s ability to meet the needs of participants.
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.
Every four years, the U.S. federal government commissions the U.S. National Climate Assessment to examine the effects of climate change on the world around us. The final product is delivered to the President and Congress. Professor Brent Sohngen served as a co-author for the forestry chapter of this year's report.
Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, which is led by Professor Brent Sohngen, launched its Summer 2014 grant competition today. The program offers research grants for OSU graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. Recipients receive an award of $4,000 for the summer. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 16th.
Students in “Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience” (ENR 4567), which is co-taught by Elena Irwin and Gregory Hitzshusen, recently presented their research to the City of Columbus’ Mayor’s Green Team. The work conducted by the students will contribute to the development of the Green Team’s “Green Memo III” which is the city’s next five-year plan for sustainability that the Mayor will unveil in 2015.
Research from Cameron Thraen will be featured in a webinar from 8 to 9 a.m. March 26 designed to offer dairy producers training on how the new dairy title in the 2014 farm bill will impact their agricultural businesses. The webinar will review the new dairy producer income-over-feed-cost margin protection program, which represents the most comprehensive reform to the U.S. federal dairy farm safety net seen in decades.