Get the Latest on Current Ag Economic Topics, Trends and Hot Issues at Farm Science Review

September 9, 2010

LONDON, Ohio – A set of agricultural economics seminars on current topics, trends and hot issues will be a new feature offered at this year's Ohio State University Farm Science Review.


Specialists from Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics will be on hand in the Firebaugh Building, located on Friday Avenue of the FSR exhibitor grounds, to discuss such topics as ag law issues, animal welfare, estate planning and farm energy audits.

Farm Science Review will be held Sept. 21-23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The Firebaugh Building seminar program is a complement to the Question the Authorities program which provides insight from university experts on a wide variety of topics in areas of ag markets, energy and ag policy.

The schedule for the Firebaugh Building seminar program for Sept. 21 is:

• 10:15 a.m. – Hot legal issues for agriculture

• 11 a.m. – Animal welfare issues in Ohio

• 11:45 a.m. – Estate planning and farm transfer

• 1 p.m. – Doing your farm energy audit

The schedule for the Firebaugh Building seminar program for Sept. 22 is:

• 10:15 a.m. – Doing your farm energy audit

• 11 a.m. – Recent developments in alternative fuels: military and civilian.

• 11:45 a.m. – Women in Ohio agriculture

• 1 p.m. – CAUV/property tax

The schedule for the Firebaugh Building seminar program for Sept. 23 is:

• 10:15 a.m. – CAUV/property tax

• 11 a.m. – Estate planning and farm transfer

• 11:45 a.m. – Hot legal issues for agriculture

The Question the Authorities program will be held at 426 Friday Ave. of the exhibitor grounds. The program will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sept. 21-22 and from 9:15 a.m. until 1:20 p.m. on Sept. 23 and cover over 40 seminar discussions from Ohio State University, Purdue University and industry experts.

A full agenda of the Firebaugh Building seminar program and Question the Authorities can be found at

In addition, the Tobin Building, located at the corner of Soybean Avenue and Beef Street on the exhibitor grounds, will host an economics and policy panel discussion on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

This annual Farm Science Review discussion of policy and economics brings together four leading economists from Ohio State and Purdue universities to debate current issues affecting agriculture. Attendees can expect some analysis, some predictions and probably an argument or two.

The program, "The Current World Food Scarcity Debate," will look at the recent run in wheat prices that has renewed concern over the ability of supply to meet worldwide demand for food, livestock feed and bioenergy. The panel of Ohio State and Purdue experts includes Carl Zulauf, Allan Lines, Chris Hurt and moderator Ian Sheldon.

In conjunction with Question the Authorities programming and Firebaugh Building seminars, energy-related informational displays and demonstrations from Ohio State University, Purdue University and organizations and agencies will be featured in the Extension, Education and Research Tent on Friday Avenue across from the Firebaugh Building. Topics on economics of energy markets, conservation and bioenergy technology will be highlighted.

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.

Farm Science Review pre-show tickets are now 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. 21-22 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.

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Candace Pollock
Stan Ernst