Monday, November 11, 2019

USDA Webinar: Rural America at a Glance, 2019 Edition

In this webinar, ERS Economist John Pender highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on county-level population trends, employment, income, and poverty. The USDA's Economic Research Service releases the Rural America at a Glance report annually, which summarizes the status of conditions and trends in rural areas.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Host: John Pender, Economic Research Service, USDA

Join/register here.   
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Members in the News: Malone, Bozic, Roe, Zhang, Chen, Katchova, Newton, Coble, Mintert, and Wolf

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
This foreign meat company got U.S. tax money. Now it wants to conquer America.
By: The Washington Post - November 7, 2019
Consolidation can lead to benefits for consumers. Trey Malone, an agricultural economist at Michigan State University, said consolidation has led to lower prices and an explosion of new food products. A grocery store in 1995 had about 8,000 options on average. Now, it’s more than 45,000.
“As companies get larger, you get economies of scale. The cost of production per unit decreases,” Malone said. “Companies increasingly compete at quality levels, offering hormone-free meat, Angus beef. They create new products. From a consumer perspective, you have higher quality meat and cheaper meat products.”
Read more on: The Washington Post

Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota
Milk Revival Boosts Battered Farmers in Key States for Trump
By: Bloomberg - November 5, 2019
“People will recover some footing,” said Marin Bozic, a dairy economist at the University of Minnesota. “They’re stepping back from the brink. And they have time to make strategic decisions on their own terms.”
Read more on: Bloomberg

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
There’s a $218 billion design problem sitting in your fridge right now
Fast Company

September 3, 2019

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Joyce Chen, The Ohio State University
Changes in worker program has benefits for finding farm labor
Ohio's Country Ag Journal

October 14, 2019
2019 Veterans Day Money Survey

November 4, 2019

Ani Katchova, The Ohio State University

John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Warning signs abound in today’s farm economy
By: High Plains Journal - November 4, 2019
The Farm Foundation, Oct. 22, hosted its monthly forum, titled, “Farm Economy: Issues and Impacts.” The forum’s slate of economic experts included: John Newton, chief economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Seth Meyer, associate director and research professor, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri; and Keith Coble, professor and head of the Mississippi State University department of agricultural economics.
Newton said that while it’s true that net farm income in 2019 is in the top 30% of all time, strip away the federal aid packages from natural disasters, prevented planting, trade aid and more, the economic story is quite different. It actually brings the net farm income down to $69 billion, or in the bottom 50% of all time farm incomes.
Read more on: High Plains Journal

James Mintert, Purdue University
Crop Pest Management Short Course – Dec. 10-12
By: The Green Sheet Farm Forum - November 1, 2019
James Mintert is a professor and Extension economist in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics and serves as director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. Mintert will review and update the status of trade wars, commodity prices, regulations, interest rates and farm policy, as well as farmland values and rental rates, which can all affect farmers’ attitudes and well-being. Purdue’s Ag Economy Barometer will also be presented which is a monthly nationwide survey of U.S. crop and livestock producers that provides an ongoing measure of farmer sentiment and helps highlight the key factors driving shifts in farmers’ perspectives and what that means for the U.S. farm economy.
Read more on: The Green Sheet Farm Forum

Chris Wolf, Cornell University
Tough times call for financial decision making
By: Hoard's Dairyman - November 1, 2019
At World Dairy Expo, Chris Wolf, a professor in Agricultural Economics and Management at Cornell University, presented a seminar on the sometimes dreaded topic of dairy farm finances and decision making. During the presentation, he shared benchmarks for dairy farms, discussed long-term investments, and elaborated on management modifications.
Read more on: Hoard's Dairyman

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

International Food Marketing Research Symposium


San Antonio, Texas, USA
June 17-18 2020

We are now accepting submissions for the International Food Marketing Research Symposium to be held on June 17-18, 2020 with Texas A&M University, in San Antonio, TX, USA.

In the months to come, details will follow regarding programs, accommodations, and local food related activities and events.
After a successful 2019 conference co-hosted with the University of the Sunshine Coast, AU, we expect a large international group to join us again at the 2020 conference co-hosted by the Agribusiness, Food, & Consumer Economics Research Center at Texas A&M University.

There will be a welcome reception on Tuesday June 16th and two full days of conference programming on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17th & 18th.  

We again will host a special session for  PhD students to present and discuss their work with senior faculty and peers.

You may send abstracts and papers for peer review and register online at The submission deadline is April 15, 2020.

The 2020 proceedings will contain only extended abstracts (5 pages). Only extended abstracts will be considered for best paper awards.

Conference Co-chairs
Mark Lang,
Department of Marketing, The University of Tampa, USA

Gary W. Williams,
Agribusiness, Food, & Consumer Economics Research Center
,Texas A&M University

Partnering Journals
The Conference is partnering with the Journal of Food Products Marketing, the Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing, and Economia Agro-Alimentare / Food Economy.

A selection of the best articles will be considered for publication in the journals.

Conference Information
The Institute of Food Products Marketing hosts this two day research symposium as a forum for discussion and communication of food marketing research. This is a peer reviewed academic conference for food marketing articles and student papers. The session topics have included:
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Retailing / Merchandising / Private Label
  • Product Development / Innovation
  • Advertising / Promotion
  • Pricing
  • Technology / ECommerce
  • Agribusiness & Marketing
  • Health / Nutrition / Organic
  • Channels / Supply Chain
  • Global Issues / Perspective
  • Sustainability / Ethics
Abstracts of accepted presentations will be published in a Conference Proceedings.

We encourage graduate students to submit their work. There will be certificates awarded for the best student and overall papers.

The conference fee includes conference materials, a welcome reception, lunch and coffee breaks each day, and a closing dinner at a nearby location.

Information about travel, hotels, restaurants, and tourist activities will be available at in February, 2020.

You can e-mail questions to

The International Food Marketing Research Symposium is hosted by the Institute of
Food Products Marketing in various locations around the world to provide a
dedicated, regular forum where academic food marketers can meet to present their
research in various stages of development to advance the academic discipline of food
marketing. The research symposium welcomes multidisciplinary research from
quantitative and qualitative methodologies, marketing and management perspectives,
and the study of the entire food marketing process. (
The Agribusiness, Food and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC) in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University provides market analyses, strategic planning, and forecasts relating to U.S. and global agricultural, agribusiness, and food industries. AFCERC research endeavors, outreach programs, and industry collaboration support strategic decision-making at all levels of the supply chain from producers to processors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. With an emphasis on consumer economics and the behavioral and social aspects of health, nutrition, and food safety, AFCERC has become a leading source of knowledge on how food reaches consumers efficiently and contributes to safe, healthy lives.