Thursday, February 27, 2020

Evaluating Consumer Food Waste Reduction Interventions: Authors Share Their Recent Research Findings

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Please register at (free event)
  • Option 1: Attend via ZOOM:
  • Option 2: Attend in person: Room 140, Pfahl Hall at the Blackwell Inn, 280 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

The Webinar will be presented by local, national, and international researchers, followed by small group breakout sessions for the in person audience.

At 5:30pm, attendees will be invited to walk to Chemical & Biological Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, Room 130, 134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 for “Mitigating Food Waste: An Expert Panel Discussion.”
This panel will feature local and national leaders working to reduce food waste.

Registration is free due to generous funding by the Pollock Fund.

2:30 Welcome, Brian Roe, Ohio State
2:35 “Reduce Food Waste, Save Money”: Testing a Novel Intervention to Reduce Household Food Waste, Presenter: Paul van der Werf, AET Group Inc. & Western U. Organizer Synopsis: A rigorous evaluation of an intervention to reduce household food waste in London, Ontario.
2:50 Food Waste Reduction: A Test of Three Consumer Awareness Interventions Presenter: Virginia Maclaren, Dept. Geography & Planning, U. Toronto
Organizer Synopsis: A rigorous evaluation of several household food waste reduction interventions, including an education intervention leveraging gamification.
3:05 Estimating Consumer-Level Food Loss Ratios Using Purchase and Consumption Data Presenter: Mary Muth, Director, Food, Nutrition, & Obesity Policy Research, RTI Int.,
Organizer Synopsis: Explores methods to construct the best food waste estimates out of existing USDA data sets that were not designed to measure food waste.
3:20 Healthy Planet, Healthy Youth: A Food Systems Education and Promotion Intervention to Improve Adolescent Diet Quality and Reduce Food Waste Presenter: Melissa Pflugh Prescott, Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition, U. Illinois
Organizer Synopsis: A rigorous evaluation of a well-constructed, multi-phase, school-based intervention that targets both food waste and improved nutrition.
3:35 Impact of Plate Shape and Size on Individual Food Waste in a University Dining Hall setting.  Presenter: Brenna Ellison, Dept. of Agr. & Consumer Economics, U. Illinois Organizer Synopsis: An assessment of whether switching to oval plates can provide another nudge to reduce plate waste in food service settings.
3:50 The Effect of Sell-by Dates on Purchase Volume and Food Waste, Presenter: Yang Yu, Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology, Penn State Organizer Synopsis: The authors’ analysis leverages a date-labeling policy change in New York City to reveal the power of the package date on the amount of milk that is wasted by households.
4:05 The Likely Effects of Standardized Date Labeling Presenter: Brian Roe, Dept. of Agr., Env. & Development Economics, Ohio State U.
Organizer Synopsis: An assessment of how changing date label phrases affected intended discard of a range of foods during in-lab and online product evaluations.
4:20 In-Person attendees: Transition to Discussion Groups
5:30 In- Person attendees: Walk to Chemical & Biological Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, Room 130, 134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
6:00 Mitigating Food Waste: An Expert Panel Discussion, featuring •             Kari Armbruster, Project Manager, Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste
•             Christy Cook, VP Customer Success, Leanpath
•             Dave Daniel, Director of Food Resource Development, Mid-Ohio Food Bank
•             TJ Kirby, President, OSU Food Recovery Network
•             Lucy Schroder, Food Waste Point, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
•             Dr. Brian Roe, Leader, Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

International Food and Agribusiness Management Review

Call for Applications for Executive Editor

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) publishes the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR) to serve the academic and managerial interests of IFAMA members. The IFAMR objective is to be recognized as the leading global agribusiness journal. It publishes research papers built on sound methodology, that are relevant, clearly written, easy to read, and emphasize the broad discussion of empirical findings to create managerial value for the agribusiness community. IFAMR also publishes quality agribusiness teaching cases. IFAMR is published through Wageningen Academic Publishers.

IFAMA seeks applications for a four-year term as Executive Editor of the IFAMR starting July 1, 2020. The major responsibilities include managing the review process for approximately 200 papers per year. Approximately 50 papers are published each year in four quarterly issues. In addition, IFAMR publishes approximately two special issues each year, typically under the leadership of one or more guest editors. A team of Managing Editors assist the Executive Editor with the review process, including assigning papers to reviewers, soliciting and selecting reviewers, and making editorial decisions. A coeditor with a four-year term will be added starting July 1, 2022.

IFAMA will provide an annual stipends to the Executive Editor

Applications will be accepted from either an individual or a team of two or more individuals. All applicants must have a history of IFAMA involvement and be currently active members of the Association or have a demonstrated equivalent experience. The application should include 1) a letter indicating why the applicant(s) believe(s) he/she/they could fulfill the duties of editorship; 2) a statement of editorial philosophy and how it furthers IFAMA members interests; 3) evidence of institutional support, which might include a letter from each person’s administrator or supervisor; 4) a curriculum vita for each person applying for the position; and 5) contact information. Applications should be sent in confidence by e-mail to: Kathryn White, Executive Director, IFAMA ( Applications will be reviewed starting March 20, 2020, and the search will continue until a successful applicant is identified. The top candidates will be interviewed by the Executive Editor Search Committee.

The selected Executive Editor(s) will assume responsibility July 1, 2020, following a mutually agreed transition overlap with the current Editor. All applicants will be notified of the decision shortly after an appointment is confirmed.


Monday, February 24, 2020

Members in the News: Bozic, Griffin, Zhang, Malone, Brewer, Mintert, Lubben, Mitchell, Burney, and Chen

Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota
Dairy farmers agree to buy 'substantial' part of Dean Foods
By: CNN - February 17, 2020
DFA has acquired dairy processing plants in the past, but the Dean acquisition would be "major," noted Marin Bozic, an assistant professor in University of Minnesota's applied economics department. "This is not a small, marginal side investment for them."
Read more on: CNN

Terry Griffin, Kansas State University
Farmer Feedback Leads to Climate Cancelling Date Deal with Tillable
By: AgPro - February 18, 2020
"Here's what I remind farmers of, it's that they shouldn't succumb to fear of missing out or FOMO in all the ways they can share data today," Griffin says. "Don't be in a hurry because the value of your farm data is greater than what we see at the surface."
Read more on: AgPro

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
31 free things to do this week, including shopping for that elusive Beatles album you’ve been seeking
By: PennLive - February 7, 2020
The beer industry has expanded rapidly in the United States. Learn about the economic forces behind this with Dr. Trey Malone, an assistant professor and extension economist. His paper “Brewing up Entrepreneurship: Government Intervention in Craft Beer” was selected as the Outstanding Article of 2017 by the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.
Read more on: PennLive

Brady Brewer, Purdue University
Purdue to Host Seed Industry Management Academy
By: Hoosier Ag Today - February 15, 2020
In addition to Gray, other faculty presenters include Brady Brewer, assistant professor of agricultural economics; Larry DeBoer professor of agricultural economics; Scott Downey, center associate director and professor of agricultural economics; Pete Hammett, visiting professor of agricultural economics; and Larry Lad, associate professor of management at Butler University.
Read more on: Hoosier Ag Today

James Mintert, Purdue University
Farmer outlook positive with one big unknown
By: The Tribune -
James Mintert, director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture, talked about the results of the latest survey during the 18th annual Farmers Breakfast on Tuesday at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. The Community Foundation of Jackson County organizes the event each year in partnership with Purdue Extension Jackson County.
Read more on: The Tribune

Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin
Shaheer Burney, University of Wisconsin
Agricultural Economics Professor Sheds Insight on Wisconsin’s Hemp Crops
By: Shepherd Express - February 18, 2020
Paul Mitchell is a professor with the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison. He’s also the state specialist of cropping systems and environmental management of the UW-Division of Extension and serves as director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute.
Last summer, he issued a grant to UW-River Falls associate professors Amber Remble and Shaheer Burney, of the Agricultural Economics Department, to collect data from focus groups and discussions. Remble and Burney assembled a four-page report consisting of economic data and considerations for growers.
Read more on: Shepherd Express

Bowen Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chinese tariff rate quota policy severely impacted U.S. wheat exports, study shows
By: Effingham Daily News - February 19, 2020
“Our analysis shows that if China hadn’t used trade policies to restrict trade, wheat imports from the U.S. could have been more than 80% higher in 2017. That’s a value of around $300 million,” says Bowen Chen, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at U of I. Chen is lead author on the study, which was conducted as part of his doctoral dissertation.
Read more on: Effingham Daily News

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Members in the News: Munisamy, Jaenicke, Yu, Goodhue, Mintert, Wilson, Lubben, Thompson, and Plastina

Gopinath Munisamy, University of Georgia
Ag Uncertainty Remains Over China Trade Agreement
By: Farm Monitor - February 7, 2020
“Short term, I think the deal is very specific about it. For 2020, the expectation is that China will import $12.5 billion more than the 2017 baseline. And the 2017 baseline, I’ve seen multiple numbers, the National Farm Bureau has it at $19.5 billion. So, if you add that, you’re looking at $32 billion. And China is supposed to strive for another 5 billion. So, that’s $37 billion in 2020. And so, that’s the short term. And for 2021, the numbers are higher. They go up to a total of $44 billion. So, it averages to about $40 billion every year for the two years of the deal,” said Gopinath Munisamy.
Read more on: Farm Monitor

Edward Jaenicke, Pennsylvania State University
Yang Yu, Pennsylvania State University
How much food does the average US household waste?
By: Medical News Today - February 9, 2020
Professor Edward Jaenicke and doctoral candidate Yang Yu — from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Pennsylvania State University — used a method of production economics to find that U.S. households are wasting nearly one-third of the food that they buy.
Read more on: Medical News Today

Rachael Goodhue, University of California, Davis
Associate Dean Oberbauer to join UC Davis agricultural experts at World Ag Expo
By: California Ag Today - February 7, 2020
In addition to Associate Deans Oberbauer, Glick and Ebeler, college experts attending the expo include:
      •  Rachael Goodhue, department chair and professor in agricultural and resource economics, who will be available Feb. 11
Read more on: California Ag Today

James Mintert, Purdue University
Farmers invited to upcoming breakfast
By: The Tribune - February 10, 2020
James Mintert of Purdue University will deliver the keynote program for the 2020 breakfast. Susan Bevers of Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman and Connell will present a brief program about the Community Foundation’s work and how people can establish an endowment or add to an endowment from their estate.
Read more on: The Tribune

Christine Wilson, Kansas State University
New Associate Dean for Academic Programs Joins Purdue Agriculture Leadership Team
By: Hoosier Ag Today - February 10, 2020
Christine Wilson, a professor and director of undergraduate programs for Kansas State University’s agricultural economics department, has been appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, effective Feb. 17.
Read more on: Hoosier Ag Today

Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Farm bill help
By: Norfolk Daily News -
The recorded presentation is led by Brad Lubben, extension policy specialist and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and Cathy Anderson, chief specialist of production and compliance programs with the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska.
Read more on: Norfolk Daily News

Nathanael Thompson, Purdue University
Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Cover crops fuel point-counterpoint debate
By: KMA Land - February 7, 2020
It’s complicated, according to both Shalamar Armstrong, an agronomist, and Nathan Thompson, an agricultural economist, both professors at Purdue University. They recently spoke about the agronomic, economic and environmental considerations of cover crops at Purdue University’s Top Farmer Conference.
Thompson cited a study led by Alejandro Plastina, an Iowa State University-Extension agricultural economist. The study found that return on investment may be the biggest hurdle to overcome for widespread adoption of cover crops.
Read more on: KMA Land

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Winter School 2020 in Survey Design and Experimental Methods in Applied and Agricultural Economics

New Scholarships

This one-week Winter School will be held Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20, at the Agribusiness Center on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus. The school, run by leading applied and agricultural economists, will provide an in-depth introduction to basics of survey design, experimental methods, and data analysis.

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Scholarship
The AAEA Trust of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association is providing $5,600 for Winter School scholarships. Seven students will receive scholarships in the amount of $800 each. To apply for the scholarship, submit your CV and a maximum of two pages as PDF, no more than 800 words, Times New Roman, 12pt, 1 inch margins, 1.5 space, explaining why you should be considered for an AAEA Trust Winter School Scholarship to Carola Grebitus:

Deadline for submissions is February 25, 2020.