‘Question the Authorities’ on ag economy, markets, policy at Farm Science Review

First Posted: 9/14/2011

Experts from Ohio State University's Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics will present a series of updates on the agricultural economy, commodity markets and policy issues at the 2011 Farm Science Review.

"Our 'Question the Authorities' sessions focus on the current economy and its effect on agriculture, broadly defined," said Stan Ernst, OSU Extension outreach program leader. "We have a little extra this year related to energy, and we'll also do some presentations on alternative enterprise examples."

The sessions are a staple of Extension's educational offerings at Farm Science Review, which will run Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London. Sessions run daily beginning at 9 a.m. at 426 Friday Ave. as part of OSU Central.

For corn, wheat and soybean producers, the department's popular grain marketing outlook presentations are offered three times each day of the Review. The program features sessions on input costs, farmland values and cash rents, as well as sessions on estate planning and farm transfer issues.

In addition, Extension experts and specialists will cover a variety of economic and policy issues related to biomass and alternative energy production. New this year will be seminars on shale gas production and related legal issues in leasing farmland for that purpose.

"When we start talking about mineral rights in Ohio, it gets really complicated," Ernst said. "When these discussions start, we have to look at how to put together the right deal for the landowners and the community at large. There are a lot of broad policy implications."

The "Question the Authorities" sessions complement the department's annual panel discussion on a hot topic in agriculture, focusing this year on the impact of Marcellus and Utica shale on rural economies. That panel, hosted by Extension agricultural economist Matt Roberts, is Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Tobin Building.

A complete schedule of "Question the Authorities" sessions is online at the Farm Science Review website at http://fsr.osu.edu/resources/documents/pdf/2011-schedules/schedule-pdf or in the Farm Science Review program.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts 140,000 visitors from the U.S. and Canada who peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Pre-show tickets are on sale for $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets will also be available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

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