Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Call for Papers: Special Issue on ‘Private and Public Strategies for Success in Modern Agri Food Markets in Latin America’

Call for papers for: Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

Guest Editors

    Alexis Villacis, Arizona State University
    Ernesto Stein, Inter-American Development Bank
    Romina Ordoñez, Inter-American Development Bank
    Piero Ghezzi, Inter-American Development Bank
    Jeffrey Alwang, Virginia Tech

As people become wealthier and switch away from staple grains and starches towards more diversified diets, products such as fruits and vegetables, meats, nutraceuticals and feed grains are facing dynamic demands. Increasingly sophisticated buyers are imposing strict standards and demanding higher-quality products, requiring new capabilities at the firm and the public sector level. Specializing in such products, particularly when countries have comparative advantages in them, has become increasingly attractive. At the same time, pressing environmental concerns over the agricultural sector's carbon footprint have created challenges as well as opportunities for Agribusiness Companies, Agtech Start-ups and governments. Advanced genetics, precision agriculture, big data, and the use of sensors and the internet of things suggests that industrial farming has become a technology-intensive industry. Yet successful integration in modern agriculture and in global value chains is far from automatic.

    What explains successful integration of firms into modern agri-food world markets? What type of strategies are required on the part of participating firms? How can governments support private firms in their quest to succeed? The debate on these issues will benefit from the study of cases from the Latin American and Caribbean region.

    This special issue calls for contributions expanding our understanding of successful cases of modern agri-food exports originated from Latin American and Caribbean firms. We invite submissions looking at private and public strategies behind successful cases of modern agri-food exports, highlighting that modern agriculture does not end within the farm; it requires a complex network of backward, forward and lateral linkages, with specialized economic agents and institutions that enable producers to compete in international markets and respond to changing demands.

    We encourage country studies that describe private and public sector strategies used to reach food export markets, such as the customization of products to the specific requirements of the target markets. Studies can focus on, but are not limited to, large vertically integrated firms, anchor-firms that work with small producers and connect them to international markets, and cooperatives or associations of small producers. We encourage studies to analyze the full value chain involved in the successful cases. The case studies should also highlight the role of the provision of key public goods for having access to foreign markets, including: (i) infrastructure (rural roads, ports, energy, irrigation systems, etc.), (ii) certification, sanitary, and phytosanitary services, (iii) research and extension services, and (iv) trade negotiations. 

Special Issue Timeline 

Authors interested in engaging in a developmental conversation with the guest editors are welcome to contact Alexis Villacis by e-mail. A tentative timeline is reported below: 

Full paper submission deadline: November 30, 2021 

Publication of the Special issue: 2022 

All full papers must be processed through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the dedicated peer review system used by the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (JADEE). When submitting your manuscript, please go to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jadee and ensure you select the correct issue, ‘Private and Public Strategies for Success in Modern Agri-Food Markets in Latin America’ from the dropdown menu. 

To view the author guidelines for the JADEE, please click here

Papers that are evaluated to be promising but not ready in time for the publication of the special issue will be arranged to be published in the regular issues of the JADEE.

Contact the Guest Editors 

Alexis H. Villacis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Morrison School of Agribusiness, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
E-mail: alexis.villacis@asu.edu 

Ernesto Stein, Ph.D.
Principal Economist
Inter-American Development Bank
E-mail: ernestos@iadb.org

Romina Ordoñez, Ph.D.
Economist
Inter-American Development Bank
E-mail: rominao@iadb.org

Piero Ghezzi, Ph.D.
Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank
E-mail: pieroeghezzi@gmail.com

Jeffrey Alwang, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
E-mail: alwangj@vt.ed

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Listening to the Diverse Voices of AAEA: Part 3 Webinar

The AAEA Mentoring Committee will be hosting a third session of Listening to the Diverse Voices of AAEA webinar. Join us while our selected panelists tell us their stories highlighting significant moments throughout their education and professional journey. We welcome individuals who are interested in being mentored to join us for a chance to connect with potential mentors and understand the importance of being prepared for opportunities and seizing opportunities to learn.

When: Tuesday, July 13, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Central Time)
Format: Zoom
Agenda: Each panelist will be given approximately 8 minutes to share their story with additional time for Q&A
Facilitator: Kathleen Liang, North Carolina A&T State University
Panelists:
Siny Joseph, Kansas State University
Cesar Escalante, University of Georgia - Athens
Kelly Maguire, USDA-Economic Research Service
Yusuke Kuwayama, Resources for the Future

Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYldu-trTorHdzTfWr2Qu-0P6TpMz1uYWMb

Note that space is limited. If at anytime you find out that you can longer attend the webinar, please email us at info@aaea.org to cancel so we may better accommodate to those who’s registration is pending. Any pending registrants will be reviewed during the time of the webinar in the event there is room.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Members in the News: Bigelow, Thilmany, Wang, Featherstone, Balasubramanya, Hayes, Lusk, Mooney, Davis, Batabyal, Kennedy, Salassi, Bir, and Anderson

Daniel Bigelow, Montana State University

McDonald's french fries, carrots, onions: all of the foods that come from Bill Gates farmland

By: NBC News - June 8, 2021

“The attraction that people have to investing in farmland is that it tends to be countercyclical to the stock market. It’s a hedging strategy,” said Daniel Bigelow, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, who previously served as a USDA research economist.

(Continued...)
Read more on: NBC News


Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

'Put A Pillow Over Your Head Or Do Something': The Story Behind Colorado's Pandemic Entrepreneurs

By: Farm Progress - June 4, 2021

Sheer necessity played a role, too. Dawn Thilmany is an agricultural economics professor at Colorado State University. She describes entrepreneurship as a push-pull dynamic. “The push part is that people lost their jobs, were furloughed or whatever, they were pushed into entrepreneurship because they didn't have any other opportunities,” she said.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Farm Progress


Holly Wang, Purdue University

China's Quiet Ecommerce Giant Thrives on Fresh Produce

By: Wired - June 7, 2021

Also unlike the US, China does not have a well-developed supply chain of processors, wholesalers, and retailers to bring produce to market, says Holly Wang, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Wired


Allen Featherstone, Kansas State University

Higher commodity prices may figure into farmland leases

By: Kansas Farmer - June 10, 2021

Featherstone says we’re seeing a paradigm shift in commodity prices, with wheat, corn, sorghum and soybean prices all nearly doubled from their 2020 lows. The market is expecting to ease back a little bit over the next four years, he adds.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Kansas Farmer


Soumya Balasubramanya, International Water Management Institute

E14S8: A Career in Applied Research with Economist Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya

By: PCDN - April 12, 2021

In Episode 14 of Season 8, learn about Soumya’s middle class Indian upbringing and how she couldn’t become a volcano expert so she became an economist instead. Soumya reflects on her amazing research career after her PhD from Duke University; how she uses research to inform policy, works with diverse stakeholders including governments and civil society, and to course-correct ongoing investments and programs.

(Continued...)
Read more on: PCDN


Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

USDA rejects request for faster pork slaughterhouse speeds

By: Farm Forum - June 6, 2021

The group earlier said the judge’s ruling will cut U.S. pork packing plant capacity by 2.5% and result in more than $80 million in reduced income for small hog farmers, according to an analysis conducted for the group by Iowa State University agricultural economist Dermot Hayes.

The impact on consumer prices for ham, pork chops and bacon isn't immediately clear and will depend on how the industry responds. If the slower speeds cause processors to supply less pork to the market, “grocers and restaurants are left competing against each other for a small amount of pork, which would drive up wholesale and retail pork prices,” said Jayson Lusk, head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Farm Forum


Daniel Mooney, Colorado State University

High Demand for Certified Cattle

By: Progressive Farmer - June 2, 2021

"Estimating the Effect of Beef Quality Assurance on Video Cattle Prices in the U.S. West," a CSU paper, was led jointly by the departments of animal sciences and agricultural and resource economics. Authors were Daniel Mooney, Miles Rollison and Jason Ahola.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Progressive Farmer


Alison Davis, University of Kentucky

New Study to Examine Water Infrastructure Quality's Relation to Economic Growth

By: Treatment Plant Operator Magazine & WTVQ - June 9, 2021

“This project is designed to better understand the repercussions of poorly managed or under-resourced water quality and wastewater. We’ll look at how it affects economic development and population trends,” said Davis, a faculty member in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Treatment Plant Operator Magazine & WTVQ


Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • Purdue agricultural economics advisors receive national awards
    By: Acrofan - June 10, 2021
  • That milk? Those lemons and tomatoes? Essential works got them to us. Don't forget them.
    By: Twin Cities Pioneer Press - June 5, 2021

Amit Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

A little less democracy might be a good thing

By: Rochester Business Journal - June 8, 2021

Given the rise of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency in 2016, the decision by the U.K. to leave the European Union in 2016, and the rise of illiberal regimes in Hungary and Poland, many have begun to worry about the future of democracy not only in North America and Europe but also in the rest of the world

(Continued...)
Read more on: Rochester Business Journal


P. Lynn Kennedy, Louisiana State University
Michael Salassi, Louisiana State University

Lynn Kennedy named ag economics, agribusiness department head

By: Bossier Press-Tribune - June 4, 2021

The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture have named P. Lynn Kennedy head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

He replaces Michael Salassi, who is now the AgCenter associate vice president and program leader of animal and plant sciences.

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Read more on: Bossier Press-Tribune


Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma Welcomes Backyard Bee Keeping Trend

By: Oklahoma Farm Report - June 7, 2021

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University Extension farm management specialist, has studied how small-scale agricultural projects appeal to residents with extra space and time on their hands.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report


John Anderson, University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas, UA-Cossatot create transfer degree programs

By: AXIOS - June 7, 2021

"We are here to serve the entire state. The more we can do to make our programs available to a diverse set of students from every region of the state, the better it is for all of us" says John Anderson.

(Continued...)
Read more on: AXIOS


 

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Members in the News: Lusk, Mintert, McKenzie, Smith, AJAE, Frisvold, Belasco, Whitacre, Tonsor, Hayes, Rihn & Stevens

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • The price of meat this Memorial Day may force you to buy veggie burgers
    By: Market Watch - May 28, 2021
  • Nashville music industry says city could do more for reopening
    By: Fact Patrol - May 31, 2021 

James Mintert, Purdue University

  • AgriTalk - June 1, 2021PM
    By: AgriTalk - June 1, 2021
  • Slight adjustments to corn, soy numbers in latest WASDE
    By: High Plains Journal - May 28, 2021

Andrew McKenzie, University of Arkansas
Aaron Smith, University of Tennessee

Supply chain stretched as I-40 bridge remains closed

By: Farm Progress - June 1, 2021

“Bottom line, the Mississippi River is hugely important to U.S. commodity supply chains related to exports,” McKenzie said. “When barge freight rates increase due to various demand and supply issues these higher costs are absorbed into price bids to farmers.” 

“Whether we’re talking about chemicals or fuel or fertilizer, once you get to the point of ‘I need it right now,’ there’s not a ton of options. You’re going subject to what’s available, and you’re probably going to be looking at higher prices,” said Aaron Smith, associate professor of agricultural economics with the University of Tennessee.  

(Continued...)
Read more on: Farm Progress


American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Disruptions and possible futures for agriculture and food

By: Portal do Agronegocia - June 2, 2021

Scientists project important changes in consumption patterns and diets over the next few decades, with a reduction in the demand for starchy or energy foods, and a greater demand for noble proteins, vegetables and fruits (see American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 101:383, 2019).

(Continued...)
Read more on: Portal do Agronegocia


George Frisvold, University of Arizona

Foreign Firms Sucking "Virtual" Water From American's Parched Southwest

By: Mother Jones - June 2, 2021

Buying farmland directly also allows these companies to guarantee long-term access to the crops—and water—they desire, said George Frisvold, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Arizona.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Mother Jones


Eric Belasco, Montana State University

Big Beef Could Leave Food Supply Chain Vulnerable To Hackers

By: Boise State Public Radio - June 2, 2021

“I think there’s a concern in the cattle industry of putting all your eggs in just too few baskets,” said Eric Belasco, an agricultural economics professor at Montana State University.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Boise State Public Radio


Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University

Millions In Tax Incentives Earmarked For Rural Broadband Expansion In Oklahoma

By: KOSU - May 27, 2021

“The bill itself is pretty clear that companies can only get reimbursed for equipment, if they go into areas that are right now unserved or underserved, meaning they don't have the official definition of broadband,” Whitacre said. “So I do think this will have a meaningful impact on getting broadband infrastructure out into rural Oklahoma.”

(Continued...)
Read more on: KOSU


Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Meatless Monday comes for Memorial Day

By: The Spokes-Man Review - May 28, 2021

Still, just because consumers say they’re eating less meat doesn’t mean they necessarily are. “For several years in the U.S., there’s been surveys where you ask somebody, ‘are you going to reduce your meat consumption,’ and a lot of people will say yes,” said Glynn Tonsor, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University. “They think that’s the right answer, so they say ‘yes, I’m going to cut back.’ Often we do not see that matched with actual consumption data.”

(Continued...)
Read more on: The Spokes-Man Review


Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

USDA rejects request for faster pork slaughterhouse speeds

By: KCCI, 12 News Now, CBS Minnesota, Our Quad Cities, Star Tribune, The Gazzette, & Messenger-Inquirer - May 22, 2021

The group earlier said the judge’s ruling will cut U.S. pork packing plant capacity by 2.5% and result in more than $80 million in reduced income for small hog farmers, according to an analysis conducted for the group by Iowa State University agricultural economist Dermot Hayes.

The impact on consumer prices for ham, pork chops and bacon isn’t immediately clear and will depend on how the industry responds. If the slower speeds cause processors to supply less pork to the market, “grocers and restaurants are left competing against each other for a small amount of pork, which would drive up wholesale and retail pork prices,” said Jayson Lusk, head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

(Continued...)
Read more on: KCCI, 12 News Now, CBS Minnesota, Our Quad Cities, Star Tribune, The Gazzette, & Messenger-Inquirer


Alicia Rihn, University of Tennessee

Virtual Green Industry Day set for June 29

By: Knoxville Daily Sun - June 1, 2021

Four online sessions will be offered for industry professionals ranging from landscape contractors, arborists, garden center operators and nursery producers. Frank Hale, a professor in the Department of Entomology, and Bill Klingeman, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, will update attendees on how to combat flatheaded borers and other major insect pests. Alicia Rihn, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, will speak on pollinator friendly plants.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Knoxville Daily Sun


Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin

Beef, pork production disrupted worldwide as largest producer recovers from cyberattack

By: Fox 5 New York - June 2, 2021

"We know that farmers produce animals, sold through a small number of processing facilities. This increases the amount of risk for disruptions," said Andrew Stevens, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

(Continued...)
Read more on: Fox 5 New York


 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Call for Participation 2021 AEM-GSS Virtual Case Study Competition

The Agribusiness Economics and Management (AEM)-Graduate Student Section (GSS) Case Study Competition allows graduate students to test their communication skills and their ability to apply their knowledge of agricultural economics and agribusiness subjects to practical situations.

Competition Rules and Timeline: Each team must complete the 2021 AEM-GSS Case Study Registration Form by July 9, 2021. Teams can be comprised of up to three graduate students. Students may either compete as a team from the same university or partner with students from other universities. If there is only one student from a university that wants to participate, the student can compete on their own; or they can be matched with other students. In the case of teams that are matched with individuals from different universities, competitors will be notified of their teammates as soon as possible, and no later than the same day the case is announced.

The case will be sent to teams in late-July, and teams will be given approximately two weeks to prepare an oral summary of their solution to the case that will last no more than 15 minutes. The presentation should be recorded and submitted in advance for evaluation. Presentations lasting over 15 minutes will be penalized. The following week, teams will then (virtually) meet with judges for a live Q&A session. The live Q&A session will take place on Friday, August 20, 2021. There will be two rounds to the live section of the competition. In the first round, teams will answer questions from a panel of judges. The judges will then select the top three teams as finalists. The finalists will present their case live to a new panel of judges.

A summary of the competition timeline is presented below. Registration form due:

 

Friday, July 9 by 5:00 pm EST

Case sent to team:

Friday, July 30 by 5:00 pm EST

Recorded presentation due:

Friday, August 13 by 5:00 pm EST

First round of competition:

Friday, August 20, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST

Final round (if necessary):

Friday, August 20, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST


 

 Competition Prizes: The top three teams will receive plaques, cash prizes, and will be recognized on the AAEA website. The cash prizes are as follows:

First Place: $300

Second Place: $200

Third Place: $100

This is an AEM and GSS co-sponsored competition. As early career professionals, students are highly encouraged to be AAEA members as well as GSS and/or the AEM members. Eligible teams must meet the following criteria:

1. At least one team member should have an active AAEA membership for 2021 and be a member of AEM or GSS.

2. Each team must complete the Case Study Registration Form identifying their teammates and the universities they represent. The completed registration form must be emailed to Samantha Bilgrien (sbilgrien@aaea.org) no later than July 9, 2021.

Please direct any questions regarding the 2021 AEM-GSS Virtual Case Study Competition to Dr. Aleksan Shanoyan (shanoyan@ksu.edu) or Aaron Staples (staple71@msu.edu).

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Members in the News: Wilde, Wang, Gundersen, Plastina, Tonsor, Lichtenberg, Zheng, Villacis, Bir, Anderson, Ribera, Whitacre, & Batabyal

Parke Wilde, Tufts University

Democratic lawmakers aim to make Biden's summer food program for kids permanent

By: NBC News - May 26, 2021

“Nutrition assistance programs have a long history of bipartisan support, but for approximately the last five years that tradition has frayed. Just like with everything in U.S. politics, it has become highly partisan," Wilde said. “The next round of policy on this is only likely to pass with mainly Democratic support.”

(Continued...)
Read more on: NBC News


Holly Wang, Purdue University

Holly Wang on the rise of plant based meat in China

By: CGTN America via YouTube - May 20, 2021

Plant based meat sales are growing in China. CGTN's Elaine Reyes discusses the trending food and healthy eating with Holly Wang, a Professor in the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University. May 20, 2021. 

(Continued...)
Read more on: CGTN America via YouTube


Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Why so many Americans are struggling to feed themselves

By: Britian News - May 21, 2021

Craig: In 2019, to be more precise about this, there was about 35 million Americans who were food insecure. Now due to COVID, what we're projecting is that they'll probably be an increase in food insecurity. So we anticipate that probably about this has risen to about, between 40 and 45 million Americans are food insecure.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Britian News


Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University

ISU economist is 1st Farm Foundation agricultural economics fellow

By: Wallaces Farmer - May 26, 2021

The Agricultural Economics Fellowship is a new program designed to nurture a promising leader in the field. Plastina will be engaged with Farm Foundation for one year, during which he will have the opportunity to provide thought leadership through publications and speaking appearances, expand his professional network and manage high-visibility projects.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Wallaces Farmer


Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Join Us for Farm Journal Field Days: Cattle Premiums Edition

By: Farm Journal - May 20, 2021

Glynn Tonsor, professor with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, will share insights on how alternative proteins will change the future demand for beef products.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Farm Journal


Erik Lichtenberg, University of Maryland

Researchers collaborate across disciplines to characterize the economics and value of pollination

By: Phys.org - May 20, 2021

"Many people don't realize that honey bees are not native to the U.S., or that they are actually a form of agricultural livestock rented out largely for their  services," says Erik Lichtenberg, professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UMD. 

(Continued...)
Read more on: Phys.org


Yuqing Zheng, University of Kentucky

Study: Grocery taxes increase likelihood of food insecurity

By: Mirage - May 20, 2021

Jason Zhao, M.S. ’19, a Ph.D. student at Dyson, is a co-author of “Putting Grocery Food Taxes on the Table: Evidence for Food Security Policy-Makers,” which published this month in the journal Food Policy. The lead author is Yuqing Zheng, associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky and former research associate under Kaiser at Cornell.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Mirage


Alexis Villacis, Arizona State University

Chocolate and Food Systems

By: Arizona Food Industry Journal - May 2021

Despite the changes suffered by the national food industry during 2020 as a result of the pandemic, the latest report of the National Confectioners Association (NCA) estimates that annual chocolate sales increased by 4.2% when compared to 2019. Chocolates were consumed more often than pre-pandemic by almost one third of consumers.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Arizona Food Industry Journal


Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

OSU researchers look at meat plants post pandemic

By: Oklahoma Farm Report & Muskogee Phoenix - May 22, 2021

In a recently released study, Holcomb and Courtney Bir, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Oklahoma State University Extension specialist, tooa closer look at how COVID-19 forced meat processing plant shutdowns, increasing concerns in the current processing system. They evaluated the financial support and potential for an increase in small-scale processing. 

(Continued...)
Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report & Muskogee Phoenix


David Anderson, Texas A&M University
Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University

Higher food prices reflect variety of factors

By: The Marshall News Messenger - May 25, 2021

“We are already seeing consumers paying more for many grocery items, including beef, poultry and fish, as well as dairy items and a number of other household staples,” said David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bryan-College Station.

“We’ve always had an advantage over other countries in our ability to move large quantities of agricultural commodities by inland waterways,” said Luis Ribera, AgriLife Extension economist, Bryan-College Station. An analysis by Ribera and others regarding soybean transportation throughout the U.S. showed 45% of the commodity moved via inland waterways, 35% moved by rail and 20% moved by truck.

(Continued...)
Read more on: The Marshall News Messenger


Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University

Broadband program to help rural communities

By: Tahlequah Daily Press & McAlester News-Capital - May 26, 2021

Oklahoma State University agricultural economics professor Brian Whitacre’s studies in recent years have focused on the value of broadband connectivity to rural communities. Last year brought that research into stark contrast.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Tahlequah Daily Press & McAlester News-Capital


Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Staffing shortages lead some Rochester restaurants to limit hours, close on certain days

By: Rochester First - May 18, 2021

“This allows a lot of people, particularly people on the lower end of the wage spectrum, to say, ‘hey I am making almost as much, I can stay at home, I can maybe look after my kids, supervisor their remote learning and the risk of catching COVID is zero if I stay at home,’” said Amit Batabyal, a Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

(Continued...)
Read more on: Rochester First


 

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Members in the News: Glauber, Voss, Lusk, Smith, Bampasidou, Villacis, Plastina, McFadden, Davidson, Sumner, Gao, Westhoff, et al.

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

Biden administration winds down Trump's pandemic food box program

By: CNN, Eyewitness News 3, KCTV 5, Fox 10 News, Fox 12 Oregon, AZ Family, & Fox 5 Vegas - May 12, 2021

The Emergency Food Assistance Program would have been a better way to implement the emergency aid to being with, said Joseph Glauber, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and former USDA economist.

(Continued...)
Read more on: CNN, Eyewitness News 3, KCTV 5, Fox 10 News, Fox 12 Oregon, AZ Family, & Fox 5 Vegas


Rob Vos, IFPRI

Report says millions facing famine as food insecurity soars

By: Radio Habana Cuba - May 7, 2021

“[The pandemic] is a compounding factor that has seriously worsened the crisis in Syria and other countries,” Rob Vos, director of Markets, Trade and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute, told Al Jazeera.  Extreme weather events were a third driving factor for the increase in food insecurity.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Radio Habana Cuba


Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • Potential Supply Chain Disrupters After COVID-19
    By: Farm Journal's Pork - May 10, 2021
  • Why we're seeing rising consumer prices
    By: Marketplace - May 14, 2021

Aaron Smith, University of Tennessee

Mississippi River traffic flowing again

By: Farm Progress - May 14, 2021

“The reopening of the waterway is good news for everyone and will certainly ease transportation concerns, but traffic between Arkansas and Tennessee will be a nightmare for a while, and that’s the bigger supply chain issue in my mind,” said Aaron Smith, associate professor of agricultural economics with the University of Tennessee.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Farm Progress


Maria Bampasidou, Louisiana State University

LSU AgCenter is hosting farm stress and wellness webinars

By: Fruit Growers News - May 10, 2021

The Louisiana State University AgCenter will present three webinars in the series, Inspired by Annie’s: Farm Stress and Wellness. The discussions will address stress resiliency of farmers and ranchers in Louisiana, according to Maria Bampasidou, LSU AgCenter Annie’s Project state coordinator and assistant professor of agricultural economics.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Fruit Growers News


Alexis Villacis, Arizona State University

Chocolate and Food Systems

By: Arizona Food Industry Journal - May 2021

Despite the changes suffered by the national food industry during 2020 as a result of the pandemic, the latest report of the National Confectioners Association (NCA) estimates that annual chocolate sales increased by 4.2% when compared to 2019. Chocolates were consumed more often than pre-pandemic by almost one third of consumers.

(Continued...)
Read more on: Arizona Food Industry Journal


Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University

Iowa States' Alejandro Plastina Selected as First Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellow

By: AgriMarketing & Morning Ag Clips - May 2021

The Agricultural Economics Fellowship is a new program designed to nurture a promising leader in the field. Plastina will be engaged with Farm Foundation for one year, during which he will have the opportunity to provide thought leadership through publications and speaking appearances, expand his professional network and manage high-visibility projects.

(Continued...)
Read more on: AgriMarketing & Morning Ag Clips


Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Kelly Davidson, University of Delaware

Gene editing solutions

By: Morning Ag Clips & Fresh Plaza - May 10, 2021

In a study published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, the University of Delaware’s Brandon McFadden, Kelly Davidson and John Bernard as well as Brittany Anderton from iBiology examined public attitudes toward gene editing. The researchers analyzed how common communication strategies impacted support for using gene editing to reduce pests and disease. McFadden, Davidson and Bernard are professors in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics within UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

‘Organic’ food that fights global warming

By: Borneo Bulletin - May 11, 2021

“The challenge for regenerative agriculture or any other agriculture where people want to be more socially responsible is to cover the costs,” said Professor of Agricultural Economics Daniel Sumner at the University of California at Davis. “There are only two ways: to have customers who are willing to pay, or some collective action or government programme that requires all of your competitors to do the same thing.”

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Zhifeng Gao, University of Florida

UF Study Shows Who is Behind Impulse Buying

By: The Boca Raton Tribune - May 19, 2021

This new finding might give us a clue as to why we buy items we don’t necessarily need. It also helps grocery stores market their products more effectively, said Zhifeng Gao, a UF/IFAS professor of food
and resource economics.

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Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Carrots and sticks in climate policy for agriculture

By: Columbia Daily Tribune - May 16, 2021

Agriculture accounts for a significant share of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but it can also make an important contribution to efforts to reduce emissions and sequester carbon. An important policy question is whether to rely more on carrots or sticks to encourage “climate smart” practices.

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Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri
Anne Effland, USDA-Economic Research Service
Robert Johansson, American Sugar Alliance
Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Joseph Cooper, USDA-Office of the Chief Economist
Christopher Wolf, Cornell University
Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Choices Magazine

Collection of Articles: Agricultural Market Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Chron, AM News, The Punxsutawney Spirit, WBOC, News OK, Wapak Daily News, My Mother Lode, The Inyo Register, Sweetwater Reporter, The Antlers American, Decatur Daily Democrat, The Saline Courier, The Pilot News, The Observer News Online, The Post & Mail, The Community Post, The Kane Republican, The Borger News Herald, The Post Gazette, The Evening Leader, Starkville Daily News, News Blaze, Next Wave Group, Magazines Today, Tech Social Net, Naesip, Seed Daily, The One News Page, SF Gate, My San Antonio, Financial Content, & News Channel Nebraska - May 19, 2021

In a new theme of articles featured in Choices Magazine, a collection of seven article evaluate the main short-term impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic for key food and agricultural markets and discuss potential longer-term implications.

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