Monday, December 11, 2017

Members in the News: Johnston, Cakir, Newton, Parman, Doye, Hayes, Zhang, Maples, Lusk, and Fields

Josh Maples, Mississippi State University
Cattle have gotten so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks
By: The Washington Post - December 7, 2017
“If you buy a steak, you have a picture in your mind of what it should look like,” said Josh Maples, an agricultural economist at Mississippi State who has studied the new cuts. “If you make that thinner, or you cut it in half — for many people, that ruins the eating experience.”

"The underlying studies date back to publications in the 1990s, but it really dates back to science from the 1980s," said Thomas Hertel, Purdue distinguished professor of agricultural economics, whose findings were published in Nature Communications. "It was optimistic on the benefits to agriculture from rising temperatures."
Read the entire press release on The Washington Post

Robert Johnston, Clark University
EPA’s new science advisers add more industry experts, conservatives to the mix
By: The Washington Post - November 4, 2017
Clark University economics professor Robert Johnston, who had one year left to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board, said in a phone interview he did not want to give up his portion of a nearly $800,000 grant he and his colleagues share with researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of New Hampshire. The project, which has been underway for more than two years, seeks to evaluate how water quality is understood and valued by the public through a case study of river quality in New England.

"The underlying studies date back to publications in the 1990s, but it really dates back to science from the 1980s," said Thomas Hertel, Purdue distinguished professor of agricultural economics, whose findings were published in Nature Communications. "It was optimistic on the benefits to agriculture from rising temperatures."
Read the entire press release on The Washington Post

Metin Cakir, University of Minnesota
John Newton, American Farm Bureau
Your Thanksgiving dinner is cheaper this year. Here's why
By: LA Times- November 22, 2017
“Due to NAFTA, the drop in exports was not as bad as it could have been because NAFTA allows regionalization,” said Metin Cakir, an economist who studies agricultural issues at the University of Minnesota.

Read the entire article on LA Times

Bryon Parman, Mississippi State University
Business 101 demands accurate farm enterprise budgets
By: Delta FarmPress - December 5, 2017
“It’s business 101,” says Dr. Bryon Parman, assistant professor, Mississippi State University, department of agricultural economics. He adds that farmers are good at farming, raising crops, but not as accomplished with the business end of farming, which, he believes, is at least as important as the agronomic aspects.

Read the entire article on Delta FarmPress

Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University
OSU’s Doye named Southern Region Excellence in Extension award winner by APLU
By: Southwest FarmPress- December 5, 2017
As a Regents professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and OSU Cooperative Extension economist, Doye was recently selected as the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Southern Region Excellence in Extension award winner.

Read the entire article on Southwest FarmPress

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Opinion: Withdrawal from NAFTA will harm U.S. agriculture
Written By: Dermot Hayes for AgriPulse- December 1, 2017
The United States exported more than $12 billion of agricultural products to Mexico in 2016. This included approximately 10 percent of all pork production and 5 percent of poultry and beef production. Dairy product exports exceeded $1 billion, and corn, soybeans, and wheat exports reached $5 billion. While Mexico is known for its exports of fruits and vegetables, U.S. exports of such products to Mexico reached $1.3 billion. These exports have grown rapidly because of free trade between the United States and Mexico and, until recently, were expected to continue growing.     
Read the entire article on AgriPulse

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
ISU Analysis Shows E10 in China Could Create Demand for U.S. Corn and Ethanol
By: WNAX - December 1, 2017
An analysis by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University shows China’s new E10 mandate could create more demand for U.S. corn and ethanol. ISU Economics Professor Dermot Hayes says China recently reduced their corn stocks and announced the E10 directive. He says as a result China will either need to import corn to produce that ethanol or just import the biofuel.

Read the entire article on WNAX

Josh Maples, Mississippi State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Consumer preferences for their beef steaks a battle of 'tradition' versus 'new'
By: The Ada News- December 2, 2017
“Most people don’t want to eat a 32-ounce steak, with the consequence that steaks from today’s larger beef cattle are often cut thinner than what was done traditionally,” said Jayson Lusk, head of Purdue University’s department of agricultural economics, speaking about research on which he worked while a faculty member at Oklahoma State University.

Read the entire article on The Ada News

Deacue Fields, Auburn University
UA taps Auburn professor to lead agriculture school
By: Arkansas Online- December 1, 2017
A longtime Auburn University professor will lead the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville's agriculture college, the university announced Tuesday.

Deacue Fields III is expected to begin in mid-May as dean of UA's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, pending approval by the University of Arkansas System board of trustees.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Member Blogs: David Zilberman

Thinking about food, education and change in the land of the Incas

December 5, 2017
I first visited Peru 10 years ago and fell in love with the country. I enjoyed Lima’s wonderful coastline and the impressive old city. I will always remember my visit to Machu Picchu, which is one of my top-five favorite global destinations. With coca tea, I survived the altitude of the magnificent Cusco, the capital of the Incas, enjoyed the art and archeological sites, and the wonderful atmosphere of this colorful city, which is a sister in spirit to Kathmandu, an inspiration for Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.

I was introduced to pisco sour, a sweet and seemingly gentle drink, which is as potent as vodka. I learned to appreciate the Peruvian seafood (the best I’ve ever eaten) and returned with gifts of sweaters and other alpaca products. While most of the houses and businesses were quite unadorned, I noticed the emergence of supermarkets and malls throughout the country. Encountering these supermarkets confirmed to me that Tom Reardon and his colleagues’ research, which emphasizes the transformation of supply chains and the introduction of supermarkets, is telling a real and significant story. This has led to our collaboration and research on innovations in supply chains.

On November 16, 2017, I arrived in Lima to make a presentation at the GS1 EXPORETAIL conference, speak about retail and supply chains in the agrifood sector and to meet Berkeley alumni and friends. I arrived in Lima right after Peru won a soccer match against New Zealand to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The streets were jammed with celebrating fans and honking cars, together with a huge concert in downtown; the short drive from the airport lasted three exciting hours.

The next day, the government announced a national celebration, and I noticed that there were hardly any people on the streets in the morning, since most were asleep after a long night! I noticed that Lima has gone through a facelift over the past decade with numerous modern buildings, yuppie restaurants and upscale malls. The country has benefited from a commodity boom and improved overall education.

The speaker before me at the GS1 conference explained how to use artificial intelligence, data crunching, identifying product mix and space allocation for retail stores at different locations. In my talk, I emphasized that food systems have always been bifurcated between serving the masses who care mostly about sustenance and affordability, and the wealthy who care about distinction and status. Both systems have improved and become more diversified, and the diversity of the food system provides opportunities for product differentiation and new sources of income. For example, foods that originated in Peru, like quinoa, have become part of an “everyday” diet in many parts of the world, and may lead to modernization of farming in the Andes.

Food systems are changing due to consumer desires and the ability to demand quality and convenience, together with concern about the environmental impact of agricultural practices and new technologies. Relentless innovation affects all segments of the food system, from the farm, including organic production, to the kitchen. In particular, the share of online marketing is increasing and will increase even further in Peru, which will require the introduction of product return policies and emergence of multiple types of outlets. These include limited inventory stores for emergencies and quick purchases (e.g. 7-Eleven convenience stores in the U.S.), large inventory stores for long run shopping, home delivery services, and online outlets. While improved cooling and storage, as well as cheap computer processing and the internet have led to some of the current innovations, driverless cars and animal-free meat will be part of the future in agrifood.

We had a nice discussion following my talks where I realized how fast things are evolving in Peru, as people recognize new opportunities and identify their niches. It was apparent that companies needed expertise and skill to survive in the dynamic economic environment. At the same time, the educational system has been expanding to produce MBAs to fill this need. Additionally, I recognized that people are concerned about the pains associated with the transition, as young people leave rural areas and ecosystems are threatened by rapid development.

After the conference, I met with some of our Berkeley and Beahrs ELP alumni, and felt really proud of their achievements. For example, Sara Mateo is building economic opportunities and incentives through payment for ecosystem services schemes in the Amazon, that would allow local populations to benefit from the current economic transition, by producing value-added products while preserving the forest and the environment. Furthermore, Victor Grande is a mining company employee working with local communities affected by development activities. He uses some of the skills he obtained at Berkeley to effectively create arrangements that enable all parties to benefit from Peru’s natural resources. I also gave a talk at the modern facilities of Pacifica University, where Manuel Barron is teaching, and was impressed by their graduate students who are prepared to compete in the international arena, both as practitioners and candidates for PhD programs.

This and my conversations with Eduardo Huerta-Mercado, a Berkeley alum who is an entrepreneur and educator, led me to some ideas on how Berkeley can extend its reach to the rest of the world. Eduardo is concerned that many high school kids in developing countries are aiming to become MBAs, without realizing the potential of a science and technology education. His daughter started an NGO (Technologies for Kids) that provides high school kids with STEM and experiential learning. He suggested that we should establish a sister program to the Beahrs ELP, which could be called ELP for Kids. The idea would be to bring high school graduates from around the world to Berkeley for two or three weeks of exposure to science and environmental policy, and link them to the Berkeley community and our alumni.

Another avenue is for Berkeley to collaborate with local organizations and provide modules of technical training through professional workshops. For example, we can develop one-day training sessions on supply chains, marketing strategies, or biotechnology that may combine lectures and interactive learning at workshops and conferences, like the one I attended. Another possibility is even to collaborate with organizations that will provide several workshops locally, in countries like Peru, and then organize a global workshop hosted at Berkeley, like the agrifood innovation and supply chain workshop we are hosting in April 2018.

One theme that repeated itself throughout my visit was Donald Trump. Several people I met told me, “Welcome to the club — we elected populists for millennia and now you caught the bug.” They feel that when the candidate of the elite is perceived as corrupt and uncaring, a growing share of the masses will be attracted to charismatic leaders who tell them what they want to hear, even though they doubt if he or she can deliver. They all worry about the destruction of higher education, international collaborations, and climate change — and they need a strong and reasonable America even more than we do. Everyone looks forward to increased collaboration with American institutions and people, and I hope that this trip contributed to serve this purpose.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Members in the News: Hertel, Irwin, Bellemare, Zhang, Plastina, Hart, and Bovay

Thomas Hertel, Purdue University
Carbon's economic damage costlier than thought based on current science
By:, Davis Enterprise, WFYI, WBOI - November 21, 2017

"The underlying studies date back to publications in the 1990s, but it really dates back to science from the 1980s," said Thomas Hertel, Purdue distinguished professor of agricultural economics, whose findings were published in Nature Communications. "It was optimistic on the benefits to agriculture from rising temperatures."

"The underlying studies date back to publications in the 1990s, but it really dates back to science from the 1980s," said Thomas Hertel, Purdue distinguished professor of agricultural economics, whose findings were published in Nature Communications. "It was optimistic on the benefits to agriculture from rising temperatures."

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Read the entire press release on, Davis Enterprise, WFYI, WBOI

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit scheduled at 5 sites
By: Northwest Herald and The Daily Chronicle- November 17, 2017

“Although very good crops in many parts of the state in 2016 helped incomes recover, the story of Illinois agriculture continued to be one of managing financial stress,” U of I agricultural economist Scott Irwin said. “The stress has been brought on by low corn, soybean and wheat prices, and costs of production that have adjusted somewhat slowly to the new price realities.”

Read the entire article on Northwest Herald and The Daily Chronicle

Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Your Call: How to be a responsible avocado-eater
By: KALW - November 28, 2017

There’s a global boom in demand for avocados. In the US, demand nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015.  But supply has gone down, and prices have gone up. The pressure of this market has driven deforestation and water shortages in avocado-growing areas like Michoacan state in Mexico.

Marc Bellemare, associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, and director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy

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Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Upgrading equipment for new technology
By: Wallace's Farmer- November 24, 2017

Each month in Wallaces Farmer magazine, the Timely Tips panel answers questions sent by readers. Members of the Timely Tips panel are Alejandro Plastina and Wendong Zhang, Extension economists, Iowa State University; Leslie Miller, Iowa State Savings Bank, Knoxville; and Rob Stout, Master Farmer, Washington, Iowa. Following are the questions they are answering this month.

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Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Analysis: Defending crop insurance, part 1
By: Farm Futures- November 24, 2017

“The way we’ve approached the federal farm safety net is we’ve always had crop insurance being one arm and the commodity title being another arm. But we never really sat down and had a comprehensive talk to merge the two together,” says Chad Hart, crop specialist and economist at Iowa State University.

Read the entire article on Farm Futures

John Bovay, University of Connecticut
U.S.: FSMA ‘more like band-aid than cure-all’ for food-borne illnesses, says AAEA researcher
By: Fresh Fruit Portal - November 28, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency in charge of the legislation, describes it as a way to “ensure U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”

However, John Bovay of the University of Connecticut said: “I would assess this more as a band-aid than a cure-all.”

Read the entire article on Fresh Fruit Portal

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Is “food waste” really wasted food?

Featuring work by: Marc Bellemare, Metin Çakir, Hikaru Hanawa Peterson, Lindsay Novak, and Jeta Rudi

November 29th 2017
In 2012, the Food Network premiered The Big Waste. The show featured world-renowned chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Anne Burrell, and Alex Guarnaschelli competing in pairs to prepare a gourmet banquet meal.

The twist? They could only use food intended for the landfill. The episode drew attention to the issue of food waste. In 2014, the documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story came out. It, too, focused attention on the issue of food waste and received praise from both critics and viewers.

Food waste has become a major cause for concern in the United States. Or at least, that’s what some prominent organizations suggest. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that the United States wastes 103 million tons of food. This number suggests the United States squanders lots of food and concerns about food insecurity continue to rise.

The statistics suggest that food waste is a problem, but how do these organizations calculate them? And what, exactly, is food waste? When organizations attempt to monetize the value of the waste, what price do they use? And once they arrive at an appropriate number, what can be done? These questions greatly affect whether food waste represents a policy priority or not.

To understand the difficulties in calculating the extent and cost of food waste, it is useful to begin with recognizing the steps involved from farm to table.

The final product sold to consumers goes through a number of processing, transformation, transportation, and distribution stages before ending up on someone’s plate. To oversimplify a bit, someone first grows the food which she then sells to processors. Retailers buy from the processors. Finally, consumers purchase the food from retailers.

The estimates from FAO overestimate the extent and cost of food waste. First, the definition used by the FAO identifies food waste as the “discarding or alternative (nonfood) use of food that is safe and nutritious for human consumption along the entire food supply chain.”

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Member Profile: Holly Wang

Dr. Holly Wang’s expertise in the world of agricultural economics is sought after on two continents. Wang, in addition to her work as a Professor at Purdue University, is a Guest Professor at the Center for Agricultural Development at Zhejiang University in her native country of China.

Wang has spent a good part of her scholarly career researching agricultural economic issues in China and has had several papers published on topics in that country, including this year with “Benefit or Damage? The Productivity Effects of the FDI in the Chinese Food Industry” and “The Market Power in the Chinese Wine Industry.” It’s work Wang says she continues to do as China’s large food market adapts with an increased demand in food quality.

“I’ve been conducting research on market demand and consumer preference with a focus on Chinese consumers’ preference for attributes like food safety, biotechnology, county of origin, and online fresh food,” Wang says. “On the other hand, the Chinese government aims to improve its agricultural production and rural income, so there is a demand from the government, the industry and the public in both China and the United States to research Chinese food production and consumption.”

Wang was part of starting the AAEA China Section in 2009, which at the time was the first section dedicated to a particular country or region. Wang was elected to the Board for a term for 2014 -2017 and served as an Executive Board liaison for the section later. She is also involved in the CWAE Section and served on it as Vice Chair.

“I’m fortunate to be able to work closely with some of our most productive colleagues in the profession,” Wang said. As for her time on the board, Wang is proud of the “many new activities and new business methods” that are now part of AAEA. “The one I feel most excited about is the communications emphasis.”

And Wang is an active participant in the communications strategy. She was recently interviewed by the China Global Television Network on how technology is helping China’s agricultural growth. It was the third time in as many years Wang has been interviewed on that global stage.

“The focus of the interview is often the latest Chinese policy,” Wang said, “and the call often comes the day before the live interview. Understanding the broader impact when reaching an audience of millions, a researcher needs to be willing to accept the stress of very short notices and handle the extra demand away from research.

Staying informed with new public attention on agricultural economics related issues, and relying on our economics training and logic reasoning are the two factors the media need.”

While no longer on the AAEA Executive Board, Wang is still playing an active role within AAEA. And, as a former Board member, she has some advice for students and young career professionals within the Association:

“AAEA takes special care of students and junior professionals through things like scholarships, travel grants, networking events and mentor programs. The best way to maximize the benefit from these opportunities is to get more involved, not only presenting at the annual meetings but also serving on a committee or a section at a position that fits your time budget.”

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Holly Wang: “I have been bounded to agricultural economics in ways I can’t even explain.  Growing up in central Beijing with an undergraduate degree in business, I thought I entered the AgEc PhD program only because I received its RA after no funding hope from MBA programs.  Recently I found a big surprise in my mother’s condo-- my very first research paper from sophomore year, hand written on latticed paper in Chinese, “The relationship between staple food consumption and income for Beijing residents.” It was based on a simple regression analysis using a small sample in a neighborhood near campus where I did interviews!  Now I have a new story if you ask me why I chose agricultural economics. LOL.”

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Members in the news: McCluskey, Boyle, Lusk, Irwin, Jenzen, Adjemian, Belton, Reardon, Zepeda, Mintert, Barnaby, Langemeier, Thompson, Hurt, and Norton

Jill McCluskey, Washington State University
Dr. Jill McCluskey Named to NAS Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
By: National Academy of Sciences (NAS) - November 17, 2017
Today the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced AAEA Past President Dr. Jill McCluskey has been named to the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Board is not only a major program for NAS, but members are responsible for overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the use of natural resources.

“Public investment in scientific research is imperative,” McCluskey says. “Input from a diverse group of experts on the Board can identify frontiers of science and emerging issues that impact these investments.”

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Kevin J. Boyle, Virginia Tech
At EPA, a fight over numbers in water protection rule reveals a shift in ideology
By: The Washington Post- October 5, 2017
The regulation broadened the authority of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to cover wetlands adjacent to traditional navigable waters or interstate waters, as well as streams serving as tributaries to those waters. When officials first proposed it, they argued that roughly 117 million Americans relied on streams for clean drinking water that lacked clear protection, and they estimated that WOTUS would generate $339 million to $572 million in benefits annually.

The article’s three authors — Virginia Tech’s Kevin J. Boyle, Yale University’s Matthew J. Kotchen and Arizona State University’s V. Kerry Smith — note that the Trump administration’s proposal to revoke the rule retains cost projections that are nearly identical to the ones the EPA offered in 2015. Those range between $158 million and $465 million annually, depending on the scenario.

Read the entire article on The Washington Post

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Jill McCluskey, Washington State University
Turkey farmers feeling squeeze
By: Politico - November 20, 2017
Jayson Lusk, who heads the agricultural economics department at Purdue University, says that groups that oppose some food-distribution practices should be heard — but that positions should be open to critique, he writes in his report, “Evaluating the Policy Proposals of the Food Movement.”

McCluskey named to ag board: Former Agricultural & Applied Economics Association President Jill McCluskey has been named to the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, the National Academy of Sciences announced. Members of the board are responsible for overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the use of natural resources.

Read the entire article on Politico

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joseph Jenzen, Montana State University (Work cited)
Mike Adjemian, USDA ERS (Work cited)
Grain traders grapple with rise of Russian exports
By: Financial Times- November 16, 2017
“Liquidity is king,” says Scott Irwin, agricultural economist at the University of Illinois, referring to traders’ attraction to contracts with high volumes that can help smooth out price movements.

Read the entire article on Financial Times

Ben Belton, Michigan State University
Tom Reardon, Michigan State University
New aquaculture economy emerged on rising fish demand
By: Myanmar Times- November 20, 2017
The research on the economics of the rapid rise of aquaculture in Myanmar by members Ben Belton and Tom Reardon has made the Myanmar Times. The news coverage is based on the article in a leading field journal: Belton, B., A. Hein, K. Htoo, L. Seng Kham, A. Sandar Phyoe, T. Reardon. 2017. “The emerging quiet revolution in Myanmar’s aquaculture value chain,” Aquaculture,

Read the entire article on Myanmar Times

Lydia Zepeda, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2017 AAAS Fellows Recognized for Advancing Science
By: AAAS - November 20, 2017
American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 396 of its members for 2017 in recognition of their contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership and extraordinary achievements across disciplines.

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James Mintert, Purdue University
Art Barnaby, Kansas State University

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Michael Langemeier, Purdue University
Nathan Thompson, Purdue University
Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Purdue Top Farmer Conference Focused on Strategies for 2018
By: Hoosier Ag Today- November 17, 2017
“The Top Farmer conference is a program tailored to meet the needs of today’s farmers and to help them prepare for the future,” said James Mintert, center director and Purdue professor of agricultural economics. “This year’s program starts with a focus on changes in consumer demand for food and the opportunities and challenges that creates for producers. From there, participants will examine strategies they can use on their farm operations to manage their way through today’s challenging economic environment. The afternoon will start with Art Barnaby from Kansas State University, a principal developer of crop revenue insurance, challenging producers to rethink their risk management strategies before making their 2018 crop insurance decisions. The conference concludes with Purdue’s top crop production scientists discussing ways to reduce production costs without reducing yield potential.”

Read the entire article on Hoosier Ag Today

George Norton, Virginia Tech
Researchers Use Insects to Help Reduce Hunger in Africa
By: WVNS-TV - October 31, 2017
"As one of the poorest countries in the world with significant malnutrition, it's vital that we take steps to reduce the damage this pest is causing," said George Norton, the professor of agricultural and applied economics who oversaw the project.  "Letting the millet head miner continue to devastate farmers' yield will have detrimental effects not only for farmers, but for the country's economy and the health of all Nigerians."

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Members in the News: Zhang, McFadden, Lusk, and Williams

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
China imports a farm from Iowa
By: The Economist- November 16, 2017

The transplanting of the Kimberley farm to Hebei is a sign of friendship, says Wendong Zhang of Iowa State university. It will be a museum rather than a model for China’s 260m farmers, who farm two acres on average. The Kimberley way of farming 4,000 acres with some sophisticated machinery and only a couple of hired farm hands is cost-efficient, but would risk creating mass unemployment in rural China. It could possibly be transplanted into the north-east of the country, close to North Korea and Russia, says Mr Zhang. The area is sparsely populated and already operates some large-scale farms.

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Brandon McFadden, University of Florida
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
What Are Consumers Willing To Pay For? A Preliminary Study On Chocolate Offers Surprising Insights
By: Forbes- November 13, 2017

Two studies released in the last month show confusion abounds when it comes to food. The first—"Effects of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard: Willingness To Pay for Labels that Communicate the Presence or Absence of Genetic Modification"—from Brandon McFadden, as assistant professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida, and Jayson Lusk, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, looked at pricing around two very different protocols: organic and genetically engineered foods.

Read the entire article on Forbes

Brian Williams, Mississippi State University
On-farm water storage can help ease drought risk
By: Delta FarmPress- November 7, 2017

Are on-farm water storage reservoirs for crop irrigation economically feasible? The answer, says Dr. Brian Williams, Extension assistant professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University: “It depends.”

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