The pathway to net zero emissions runs straight through the farm

by Brent Sohngen, Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Ohio State University. [This post appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on August 5, 2021. Click here] These days, it seems, farmers can get paid for all kinds of stuff. While…

Biomass Energy from Forests Can Be Sustainable and Carbon Neutral

by Brent Sohngen (sohngen.1@osu.edu) Originally published by Inside Sources The issue of carbon neutrality for wood-based bioenergy just won’t go away. In recent months, Politico, The New York Times and CNN all have run high level stories that take the…

What’s going on with Lumber Prices?

Brent Sohngen, Professor Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. In case you haven’t noticed, lumber prices have increased a lot over the last year.  Based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Lumber Price Index, which you can find here, lumber…

What’s all the buzz about climate change?

by Brent Sohngen, Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Ohio State University There has been an avalanche of news about climate change.  President Biden hosted a bunch of heads of state at a climate conference, and announced a pledge…

The Benefits of Ohio Public Natural Spaces

The Benefits of Ohio Public Natural Spaces

Brent Sohngen, Dept. of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Ohio doesn’t have a mountain, and we aren’t all that close to the ocean, but what Ohio lacks in altitude or coastal amenities, our natural areas make up for in attitude. …

The Status and Changing Face of Ohio Agriculture

The Status and Changing Face of Ohio Agriculture

by: Ani Katchova, Associate Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University Farmers deal with many stressors, most of which are out of their control: extreme weather, market changes, COVID-19, trade wars, fluctuating market…

Carbon in soils and trees: What should farmers and society worry about?

Carbon in soils and trees: What should farmers and society worry about?            Brent Sohngen, Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Ohio State University As the US re-enters the Paris Agreement and companies all over the world work to become…

Re-entering Paris Agreement could reduce pollution, cost most Americans little

By Brent Sohngen This article ran in the Columbus Dispatch on February 13, 2021: https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/columns/2021/02/13/re-entering-paris-agreement-likely-reduce-pollution-cost-americans-little/4282378001/ One of the first official acts of President Joe Biden was to re-enter the Paris Agreement, that 2015 pact among most of the world’s countries to…