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While a decline of nearly one-third is steep, the drop in U.S. farm equipment exports was not completely unexpected, AEM said. In 2014, a record harvest led to lower commodity prices and falling farm incomes, leading to a deterioration in farm economics worldwide.
Last week's USDA Ag Outlook Forum painted a picture of a corn market that could remain in the $3.50- to $4-per-bushel range for a while. Years, even. That sort of price range doesn't bode particularly well for sustained strength in farmland rents, with farmers feeling the squeeze created by the divergence of falling grain prices and land prices that have yet to fall too much.
Production diversityâ€”â€śWe think weâ€™ll see more production diversity in agriculture.â€ť
Consolidation and rationalization in productionâ€”Itâ€™s a controversial topic, Nicholson says, but the trend is that operations are going to continue to get bigger.
farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety-net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Since 2002, new volunteers in OSU Extension youth programs â€” including roughly 20,000 4-H advisers and Master Gardener volunteers across the state â€” have been required to have an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Activity fingerprint and background check. The new policy now requires all students, staff and volunteers working in these programs to be fingerprinted every four years.