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Experts to Debate Rising Food Prices at Farm Science Review

August 11, 2008

LONDON, Ohio -- The dynamics of the global economy and food production are shifting, and agricultural economists from Ohio State University and Purdue University will discuss the driving forces behind the change during this year's Farm Science Review.


"Food Prices Up…Why?" will cover food prices, where they've been, where they are going and why. The debate will take place on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Tobin Building, located on Beef Street across from the Vice President's tent.

Farm Science Review will be held Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

"With much discussion in both domestic and international markets on food costs, distribution systems and hunger, we're bring in four leading economists from Ohio State and Purdue University to debate the impacts of rising demand, oil prices, and a number of other issues charged with changing the world's food situation," said Stan Ernst, an OSU Extension program leader and marketing instructor with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Audience members will have a chance to raise their own questions and issues as part of the discussion.

In addition to the debate, AED Economics will host the Question the Authorities program, which focuses on current economic, business and policy issues throughout the Review. Agricultural economists and other business professionals will discuss such topics as grain markets, biofuels, wind energy, land values, aquaculture opportunities, managing farm labor, farmland preservation, branding Ohio foods, transferring the farm to the next generation and budgeting for farm enterprises.

Question the Authorities will take place on all three days of Farm Science Review. The educational sessions will be located on Friday Avenue, across from the Bailey Building. Log on to for a complete schedule of events.

In conjunction with Question the Authorities programming, energy-related informational displays and demonstrations from Ohio State University, Purdue University and organizations and agencies will be featured in the Energy Education Tent. The Energy Education Tent, located on Friday Avenue across from the Firebaugh Building, returns for a second time to Farm Science Review to highlight topics on economics of energy markets, conservation and bioenergy technology.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Tickets are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16-17 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

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Candace Pollock
Stan Ernst