Workshops to explore state of the farm economy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of the farm and food economies will be examined this winter during Ohio State University Extension’s Policy and Outlook meetings. The eight regional meetings will be held in December and January.

Specialists from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics will provide analysis and discussion. The meetings will be hosted by OSU Extension educators and industry sponsors. All meetings include a meal and require registration.

For more information on locations, program topics or registration costs, contact location host, listed below:

• Dec. 2 (lunch) — Dutch Valley Restaurant, 1343 Old Route 39, Sugar Creek; contact Marissa Mullett, OSU Extension Coshocton County, 740-622-2265 or Chris Zoller, OSU Extension Tuscarawas County, 888-398-7175. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, dairy outlook, and food prices.

• Dec. 4 (dinner) — Fairfield County Extension Office, 831 College Ave., Lancaster; contact Jim Skeeles, OSU Extension Fairfield County, 740-653-5419 or Mike Estadt, OSU Extension Pickaway County, 740-474-7534. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, general economy/financial situations, and food prices.

• Dec. 9 — 5:30 p.m. dinner, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 318 West Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky; cost $20 prior to Dec. 5; contact Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Wyandot County, 419-294-4931. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, and food prices and markets.

• Dec. 10 — 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 400 Eastlake Dr., Ashland; contact Chris Willman, John Augenstein or Valerie Bumb at Sutton Bank, 800-422-3641; cost $18 or free if you RSVP to Sutton Bank by Dec. 4 and attend as its guest. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, dairy outlook, and food prices.

• Dec. 10 — 4-8:30 p.m., Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall, 15131 E. Township Road 12, Attica; contact Chris Willman, John Augenstein or Valerie Bumb at Sutton Bank, 800-422-3641; cost $18 or free if you RSVP to Sutton Bank by Dec. 4 and attend as its guest. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, and food prices and markets.

• Dec. 11 (lunch) — OSU Extension Shelby County Office, Sidney; contact Roger Bender at 937-498-7239. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, general economy/financial situations, and food prices.

• Dec. 11 (dinner) — Apollo Career Center, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima; contact Curtis Young, OSU Extension Allen County, 419-222-9946. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, general economy/financial situations, and food prices.

• Jan. 29, 2009 (dinner) — Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City; contact Eric Immerman, OSU Extension Madison County, 740-852-0975. Topics include grains and biofuels outlook, farm policy, farmland values/rents and input costs, and food prices and markets.

Details

For more information on Ohio State’s Policy and Outlook program, log on to http://aede.osu.edu/programs/outlook.

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