Monday, July 16, 2018

Members in the News: Muhammad, Smith, Hart, Tyner, Marchant, Tregeagle, Sumner, Coble, and Doherty

Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee
S. Aaron Smith, University of Tennessee
How Trump's Trade Fight Risks Upending Global Agriculture Flows
By: Bloomberg - July 4, 2018
The oilseed, used to make cooking oil and animal feed, accounts for about 60 percent of the U.S.’s $20 billion of agricultural exports to China. If China retaliates with 25 percent tariffs, American shipments may drop by $4.5 billion, according to a study by the University of Tennessee.
Read more on: Bloomberg and Bloomberg

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Wallace Tyner, Purdue University
Mary Marchant, Virginia Tech
Trump Distorts Facts on Agricultural Trade
By: Fact Check - July 3, 2018
Chad E. Hart, an associate professor of economics and crop markets specialist at Iowa State University, described trade as a “bright spot” for an industry that has been in decline after record income levels from 2011 through 2014.
“The ag sector is seeing some hard times, but it is because of lower prices and not trade,” Wallace E. Tyner, who teaches agricultural economics at Purdue University, told us. “Weather has been pretty good, production high, and prices therefore lower.”
Mary Marchant, a professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, said simply, “Bottom line, trade has been good for ag. overall & we are dependent on it for our success.”
Read more on: Fact Check

Daniel Tregeagle, University of California, Davis
Researchers Take a Look into the Future of Strawberries
By: California AG Today - July 1, 2018
Daniel Tregeagle, a postdoctoral scholar of agricultural economics at UC Davis, is working on the survey.

“This project is being run over the state of California, through a number of different institutions, different universities, including the state of Florida,” Tregeagle said. “Strawberry growers all over the country are trying to find out what we should be breeding in the next generation of strawberry cultivars.”
Read more on: California AG Today

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Wine, almonds, milk: How new China tariffs could hurt California farmers
By: abc10 - July 11, 2018
While the full impact of these tariffs is not yet known, according to UC Davis Agricultural Economics Professor Daniel Sumner, they do have the potential to hurt local farmers.

"The general effect is reduced demand," Sumner said. "And what that means is the products are going to get sold, but they're going to get sold at lower prices."
Read more on: abc10

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Domino effect of tariffs could still hit your wallet
By: MS News Now - July 12, 2018
"The benefits of trade are usually benefits that go to consumers," explained Dr. Keith Coble, Mississippi State University Agricultural Economics department head. "So you go to the grocery store and you go to the department store, things are cheaper and it's not really obvious to us why things are cheaper. And that's the difficulty for people to understand these trade issues."
Read more on: MS News Now

Mike Doherty, Illinois Farm Bureau
As Chinese soybean tariff looms, Illinois farmers face grim economic prospects
By: Peoria Journal Star - July 5, 2018
"Remember, 2018 is year number five of fairly low farm income compared to what we had from 2005 through 2013, so it looks like this is going to be one of the worst years,” said Mike Doherty, an economist with the Illinois Farm Bureau. “It’s hard to see a ray of sunshine in all of this.”
Read more on: Peoria Journal Star

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Member Blog: David Zilberman

The summer of silent revolution, disruptive innovation and Factfulness

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | July 9, 2018
June is conferences month and this year I attended three – two in Washington (the ICABR Ravello group conference at the World Bank and the IFPRI conference) and then the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists in Gothenburg, Sweden. I was most enlightened by a wonderful book, Factfulness, I read on the plane. Altogether, these experiences suggest that innovation and learning have led to progress; however, we tend to underestimate long-run progress, not recognizing that even where things are still bad that they are better than they were. At the same time, our planet and humanity are facing risks, and we are challenged to address and overcome them.

The two Washington conferences aimed to understand disruptive innovation and how people adapt to them. They emphasized that progress is occurring and sometimes faster than we realize. Tom Reardon figured prominently in both workshops – he argued that the developing world has gone through several technological revolutions that have changed people’s lives including diffusion of supermarkets, emergence of new and modern fishing and aquaculture sectors, and introduction of cold storage that enhance production of multiple crops. He refers to these changes as “silent revolutions” because both analysts and policymakers were not aware of them and frequently ignored them in policy design. I suggested that the static comparative models we use as the backbone of our economic analyses may have been appropriate to Adam Smith’s rural Scotland but not for our modern world. We need to adopt a more Schumpeterian approach to understand the importance of innovative activities in the educational-industrial complex, emergence of supply chains that implement innovation and create markets for new products, and diffusion of innovation across countries. With this model we can explain how innovations like supermarkets that evolved in Europe and the US over a long period of time have been adopted in developing countries once trade became freer, infrastructure improved, and incomes grew.
I am not a certified development economist but I became aware of this amazing transformation when I myself visited the Ivory Coast and realized that people in the middle of the jungle have bicycles and cell phones. Maximo Torero also spoke at both workshops and he emphasized the need to better understand value chains and also the mechanism by which all the traditional peasants are introduced to new technologies. In many cases, educating children about new practices is the best mechanism to transfer knowledge to their parents. So, good educational systems are not only improving the next generation but also improve practices in the present. Actually, I learned that this was true in the US in the 19th century and even today to some extent; despite my academic titles, I was introduced to social media through my children and they helped to upgrade our household media technology.
It was quite serendipitous that on my flight from Washington to Sweden I read an incredible book that was recommended by my son Shie (another child-to-parent transfer of knowledge) called Factfulness. The author is Hans Rosling of TED Talk fame, and his book tests people’s knowledge about the state of the world. He finds that people tend to underestimate the situation; for example, only a minority of respondents to his surveys recognize that 60 percent of girls in low-income countries across the world finish primary school, or that in the last 20 years, the proportion of world population living in poverty almost halved. This lack of knowledge of reality is prevalent across countries, among policymakers, business people, and scientists.
One issue that affects perception is the tendency to segment the world into developing and developed nations. He views this as four levels of progress. At the lowest level, which has below 1 billion people, are those with income less than $1 a day who walk barefoot and struggle. Level 2, with around 3 billion people, consists of those with income around $4 a day who drive bicycles. Level 3, with close to 2 billion people, are those who make roughly $16 a day and who have access to running water and may have a moped. Finally, at level 4, with around 1 billion people, we have those who make more than $32 a day and may own a car and live a modern life. Before 1800, 85 percent of humanity were at level 1; by 1996, this had decreased to 50 percent and now, only 10 percent are at this level. Average life expectancy in 1800 was 31 years and now it is 72 years. The key factors in this progress are the emergence of new innovations and technology that are spreading throughout the world. They provide new capabilities and make new and more product affordable so actual buying power increases. Reardon’s research documented and my work on adoption tried to explain the emergence of the technologies and their spread.
During my 70 years on earth, many countries have moved up one or two levels, but though people are aware about themselves, they don’t realize this progress. I realized that Tom Reardon’s perception is consistent with Rosling’s general finding; actually, Rosling used the terms “quiet progress” to describe this evolution. Unless we make an effort to go to the field like Tom did and study what’s going on, we tend to underestimate change. Both Tom and I really appreciate this progress because we went through these changes ourselves. When I was a kid in Israel my father was using chopped wood to heat water so we could have our weekly wash. We used a rickety kerosene stove for cooking and heating water for laundry, which was of course hang-dried. I used to help my father carry huge ice blocks to our ice box. We lived in what can today be described as a level 2 country but I was quite happy. When I was 10 we got a gas stove and a refrigerator. When I was 20, we got our first telephone and at 23, I was the first in my family to ever own a car. This background makes me appreciate modern technology and the change they make in our lives even though I realize the potential risks. Sometimes I think that some of my friends that grew up in affluence are less aware of the power of the progress and are not able to distinguish between different degrees of development. In this regard, I am thankful to this poverty experience. I believe that my perspective is quite similar to Rosling’s, who recently passed away. He was a realist who recognized that in many cases things are bad but they become better and indeed we have seen an incredible trend of improvement throughout the last 150 years.

Despite all this positive trend, history is full of negative shocks and we continue to face negative threats like climate change, wars, sustained poverty, pandemics, etc. The silent revolutions that improve productive capacity also generate greenhouse gases and may generate pollution unless appropriate policies are introduced. I went to Sweden to the World Congress for Environmental Economics which addresses research and policies that aim to avert some of these negatives. I really like Sweden. It’s obvious that it has one of the highest qualities of life in the world. Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, combines a beautiful old city with an impressive royal palace, many picturesque rivers and bridges, and modern architecture. Everything seems to work in Sweden, the people are friendly, and the lifestyle is comfortable and elegant. Add to this perfect weather (around 72°F with minimal humidity) during the longest days of the year and you realize that it was enjoyable but left me very tired at the end. Several bodies of water surround Gothenburg, where the conference was held, and the finale to the conference was a wonderful tour and dinner on Marstrand Island where we witnessed a beautiful sunset at 11pm. The conference was extremely well run and the organizers bravely provided us with cauliflower-rich vegetarian food so we environmentalists could walk the talk. Fortunately, my wife has taught me to like cauliflower but some of my colleagues snuck out to sample Sweden’s high-quality fish and meats.

I enjoyed two excellent plenary sessions. Nava Ashraf from LSE gave a fantastic talk on the use of randomized control trials (RCT) to understand behavior and design policies. Her work is based on sophisticated conceptual perspectives that recognize heterogeneity among people and incorporate behavioral economic ideas. She found that when one recruits individuals for careers in rehabilitation and nursing, they may attract much better candidates and performers when the job description emphasizes both the satisfaction and job impact as well as the income rather than just the career opportunities. In another experiment, she found that distributing birth control discreetly to the wife is more effective than when it is given to the family, but that the most effective of all is to educate both husband and wife on the merits of having a small family.

My ARE colleague Meredith Fowlie made us proud explaining the reality of carbon prices. Economists tend to believe that pricing carbon is essential to addressing climate change. But as Meredith said, only a few countries actually implement this and the outcomes are modest. People simply shift carbon-emitting activities to areas where carbon is not taxed. This combined with the complex political economy within and between countries makes the assessment of impact and design of a policy challenging to the profession. It seems that we will end up with policies that will vary among regions and will mix carbon pricing with various types of regulations.

I also enjoyed our session on climate change policies. It’s clear that some countries like Russia may actually benefit from warmer weathers (at least in the short run) while others will suffer and this suggests differences in incentives which creates an obstacle for collaboration. Furthermore, the overall agricultural productivity may not be affected much in the long run because some areas in Canada and Russia may become more productive. But, there is evidence of severe losses already and a difficulty to adapt, especially in developing countries. Some strategies for adaptation including insurance and changes in crop allocation patterns may help. I also suggested that greater access to advanced biotechnologies will allow better adaptation. Yet many of the people affected are likely to migrate. Our societies already are challenged in dealing with migration so one reason to collaborate in mitigating climate change is to reduce future climate migration.
My summer workshop suggested that we need to continue to learn what’s happening on the ground. We cannot rely only on past knowledge on the state of humanity but rather need to continually update our knowledge. This may make us realize that there are many changes for the better but at the same time, we have to be ready to address challenges like climate change or poverty. The design of policies needs to combine theory with experimentation, rely on multiple tools, and engage people’s altruism as well as materialistic tendencies. Finally, while conferences are enlightening and fun, reading on the plane can expand your knowledge.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Angling for less harmful algal blooms

Blooms bring to mind the emerging beauty of spring—flowers blossoming and trees regaining their splendor. Harmful algal blooms (HABs), however, bring to mind a toxic blue-green body of water and possibly a creature from the deep. These blooms, unlike spring flowers, are odorous, unpleasant, and potentially toxic. They can turn a fresh fish sandwich into a trip to the emergency room. They deter families from engaging in water-related recreational activities such as going to the shore. They discourage anglers from going fishing, which, in turn, affects those who depend on the local fishing economy.

The amount of harmful algae has rapidly increased in recent decades and it has adversely affected ecosystems from the Great Salt Lake, to the Great Lakes, to Great River, NY, and beyond. Runoff from crop and livestock production has increased the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in water, which has led to eutrophication—where plants grow, but fish die due to lack of oxygen. This process has had various negative impacts across space and time. In Lake Erie, a significant and ever-growing hypoxic zone (an area with low or no dissolved oxygen) has grown. This jeopardizes the local fishing industry and the livelihoods of those who depend on it. Mitigating the risks uses a lot of resources. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that it costs approximately $3 billion per year to deal with algal toxins in Ohio’s public water systems. In addition, these toxic bacteria pose public health risks to humans and animals—in 2010 alone, there were 9 probable or suspect illness cases from Lake Erie water.

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Kolodinsky, Lusk, Fan, Joshi, Olynk Widmar, Zhang, Plastina, Li, and Hart

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Mandatory labels with simple disclosures reduced fears of GE foods in Vermont
Written by: Jane Kolodinsky in The Conversation, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Alliance for Science, The Atlantic, Morning Ag Clips, Fortune, Seed Daily, Yahoo Finance, PopSci, Nature, Newsweek, Discover Magazine  - June 28, 2018
There has been substantial debate over whether mandated labels for genetically engineered foods might increase or decrease consumer aversion toward genetic engineering.
This question is particularly relevant now since comments on proposed rules for implementing a national labeling law are being accepted until July 3, 2018. Two years ago, a mandatory Vermont law went in effect.

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
China’s demand for food a boon for Southeast Asian exporters
By: China Daily - June 27, 2018
While progress is being made, food security and nutrition remain concerns in many parts of the world, and serious hunger still exists in countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar, Fan Shenggen, director-general of the institute, said.
Read more on: China Daily
Africa: IFPRI 2018 Report - Barriers to trade and declining investments
By: AllAfrica - June 22, 2018
Unfortunate trends of protectionism were noted in 2017. This sentence is from Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri). He presented the 2018 report of Ifpri.
Read more on: AllAfrica

P.K. Joshi, International Food Policy Research Institute
Centre to announce kharif MSP next week, new sugarcane FRP soon
By: Business Standard - June 29, 2018
"I think it is a much-awaited decision (on MSP), and should be good for farmers. As far as the impact of high inflation on farmers is concerned, I don't think it would have any impact, because in wheat and rice, PDS operations act as a buffer against rising prices and also in other crops, too it won't push up wholesale prices," said P K Joshi, South-Asia Director of (IFPRI).
Read more on: Business Standard

Nicole Olynk Widmar, Purdue University
Dairy farms impacted by milk market
By: The Goshen News - June 28, 2018
Nut milks have increased in popularity, according to a report by Nielsen, a global research company. In the past five years, almond milk sales have increased by 250 percent, the report indicates.
“It is hard to say the direct impact of nut milks or dairy substitutes,” said Nicole Olynk Widmar, associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.
Read more on: The Goshen News

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Nearly 60 percent of Iowa farmland owners don't farm; one-third have no ag experience
By: Des Moines Register, Iowa Public Radio, and Estherville Daily News - June 28, 2018
RECESSION BUFFER: Eighty-two percent of Iowa farmland is owned debt-free, which represents a significant increase from 62 percent in 1982 and 78 percent in 2012.
It helps explain why Iowa farmland prices have only fallen about 16 percent since hitting a high in 2013, while farm profits have fallen 75 percent, ISU economists said.

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Minghao Li, Iowa State University
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Amid Turmoil, the Second-Highest Year for Ag Exports?
By: Successful Farming - July 2, 2018
Iowa State University (ISU) economists say there’s truth to the adage that agriculture is the first casualty in trade disputes. In two earlier clashes, China used retaliatory tariffs “to inflict economic loss on politically influential groups. China has chosen agricultural products, as it sees the affected U.S. producers to be politically powerful,” say Minghao Li, Wendong Zhang, and Chad Hart in an ISU article. In addition, China has plenty of pork, so its consumers will not suffer if U.S. pork costs more.
Listen to the interview on: Successful Farming

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
ISU survey shows longevity in farm ownership
By: Radio Iowa, AgWeb - June 29, 2018
A new Iowa State University Extension survey finds much of Iowa’s 30 million acres of farmland doesn’t change hands very often. Iowa State University economist Wendong Zhang conducted the 2017 survey.
“About 22 percent of the land is owned in the structure of sole ownership. Another 28 percent is owned in joint tenancy — which is often between a spouse, husband and wife — and eight percent are tenants in common or other sorts of co-ownership structure,” Zhang explains. He says the co-ownership is often among siblings. Twenty percent of the farmland is owned by a trust, with many of them what are called revocable trusts, which means the ownership can be changed.
Read more on: Radio Iowa and AgWeb

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2018 International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science in Instanbul, Turkey

AAEA Members receive a 15% discount on Registration

2018 International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science (ICAFS 2018) in Istanbul, Turkey on October 28-30, 2018. (>>General Information). The conference is co-organized by Asia-Pacific Association of Science, Engineering and Technology, Bahri Dağdaş International Agricultural Research Institute and Celal Bayar University.

It has been designed to provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of agricultural and food science. A focus will be given on: 1. Agronomy, Agriculture and Plant Biotechnology; 2. Animal Biotechnology, Veterinary and Livestock Science; 3. Aquiculture, Fishery and Marine Biotechnology; 4. Forestry Science and Wood Research; 5. Food Science; 6. Agriculture Sustainable, Resources & Environment; 7. Related Engineering, Economic & Management, etc. (>>More topics)

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Members in the News: Hayes, Burke, Chakrabarti, Joshi, Rosegrant, Pradesha, Hidrobo, Glauber, Davis, Parman, Coble, Hurt, Schroeder, Dennis, Pendell, Pouliot, and Hart

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
U.S. Farms, Factories Can’t Produce Enough to Meet White House Goal to Cut China Deficit
By: The Wall Street Journal - May 17, 2018
The White House is likely to fall well short of a plan to slash the U.S. trade deficit with China by half, in large part because American farms and factories will find it hard to produce enough exports to meet that goal, trade experts say.
Read more on: The Wall Street Journal
Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs
By: Forbes - June 11, 2018
The U.S. farm sector is also at risk due to retaliation for, among other things, a separate set of tariffs against Chinese imports. “Worries over a looming trade war have already hit Iowa pork producers’ pocketbook to the tune of $240 million from falling prices, and the damage will likely grow, industry leaders say,” reported the Des Moines Register. “The pork industry will have to downsize modestly,” according to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes.
Read more on: Forbes

William Burke, Agricultural and Food Policy Consulting
William Burke: Food Tank’s Newest Board Member
By: Food Tank - June 2018
William Burke, agricultural economist and consultant for Michigan State University and Africa RISING, is the newest board member at Food Tank. He brings years of research and influence on agricultural economies and policies, including work with small farmers in international development with the Peace Corps. At Michigan State University, he researches household behavior and uses data to explain the impacts of government policy in Zambia and Kenya. At Africa RISING, William works on data collection and analysis of the yield and production potential of small farms in Malawi. Through his work, William hopes to positively influence the livelihoods of impoverished peoples by making relevant contributions to policy debates.
Read more on: Food Tank

Suman Chakrabarti, International Food Policy Research Institute
Anaemia among pregnant women lessens as open defecation reduces
By: The Hindustan Times - June 17, 2018
A new study has claimed a considerable drop of instances of anaemia among pregnant women in India due to the reduction of open defecation in villages, increased age at pregnancy and women’s education.

The study comes in the backdrop of Narendra Modi government’s continuing push for open defecation-free villages in the country. Terming the three factors leading to drop in instances of anemia among pregnant women, the new study by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said that when combined with diets rich in iron and folic-acid, these social changes may have long-lasting impacts in cutting down the ailment among Indian women.
Read more on: The Hindustan Times

P.K. Joshi, International Food Policy Research Institute
Farmers' associations can help fight poverty: Experts
By: Business Standard - June 20, 2018
"Farmer-producer organizations can help farmers increase their income and provide Dairy like cooperatives are coming up in the country," said (IFPRI) for Pramod K. Joshi.

He said the current government has given a new lease of life to such organizations by promoting its formation and by offering the farmers incentives to become members. Poultry, 80 per cent in the organized sector, grew 12 per cent annually last decade, he said.
Read more on: Business Standard

Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute
Angga Pradesha, International Food Policy Research Institute
Lawmaker proposes P1 carbon tax on power use
By: The Philippine Star - June 17, 2018
Villafuerte cited a study done by the International Food Policy Research Institute [completed by Alam Mondal, Mark Rosegrant, Claudia Ringler, Angga Pradesha, and Rowena Valmonte-Santos] which showed that reducing the country’s import dependence on petroleum products via the imposition of a carbon tax plus subsidies for renewable energy sources? could boost the share of renewable power by as much as 60 percent by 2040 and cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50 percent in the long term.
Read more on: The Philippine Star

Melissa Hidrobo, International Food Policy Research Institute
The transformative power of giving young women cash
By: Quartz - June 21, 2018
Melissa Hidrobo, an economist at the International Food Policy Research Institute and one of the authors of the World Bank Research Observer study, tells Quartz that there are two main reasons cash reduces violence: Women get more power in their relationships, and life gets less stressful.

In her research examining the impact of cash transfer programs in Ecuador and Bangladesh, women who received cash often tell Hidrobo that it gives them more control in their relationship. Many husbands, accustomed to being the sole breadwinner in a household, adjust their behavior toward wives who suddenly have means of their own. Women can also use their cash as a way of sending a warning: If the husbands don’t change, women have the means to leave.
Read more on: Quartz

Joe Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
Adams on Agriculture
By: American Ag Radio Network - June 11, 2018
Monday on Adams on Agriculture former USDA chief economist Joe Glauber discusses ongoing trade talks and tensions and Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association previews the debut of a new ethanol motorcycle on the Discovery Channel.

Joe Glauber's interview begins on minute 27:11.
Listen to the interview on: American Ag Radio Network

Alison Davis, University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky uses pilot program Create Bridges to strengthen rural economies
By: Northern Kentucky Tribune - June 23, 2018
Retail, tourism and entertainment provide jobs and business opportunities that often drive rural economies. The University of Kentucky is part of Create Bridges, a pilot program to strengthen retail, accommodations, tourism and entertainment industries in rural Kentucky.

With funding from the Walmart Foundation, UK agricultural economics professor Alison Davis, in partnership with the Southern Rural Development Center, created the program. The UK team and collaborative partners at the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University will develop, refine and pilot a process to help rural communities build their capacity for strengthening their retail and hospitality sectors.
Read more on: Northern Kentucky Tribune

Bryon Parman, Mississippi State University
A good fit for new extension educator
By: AgWeek - June 18, 2018
Bryon Parman was a Nebraska farm kid who had seen the ocean only once when he joined the U.S. Navy.

Now, after spending six years as a Navy search-and-rescue swimmer, earning his doctorate in agricultural economics at Kansas State University and serving as an ag economist at Mississippi State University, he's returning to the Midwest to work with farmers, ranchers, and other agriculturalists.
Read more on: AgWeek

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Senate easily passes new farm bill out of committee
By: Delta Farm Press - June 19, 2018
Shortly after the House vote, Keith Coble said, “The failure of the farm bill passing this week is indicative of the fine line leaders in the House are walking between Democrat members and the conservative wing of the Republican Party.”

While Coble — currently head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Mississippi State University — isn’t fully convinced a new farm bill will be completed by year’s end, he is now more optimistic.
Read more on: Delta Farm Press

Chris Hurt, Purdue University
American farmers are killing themselves in staggering numbers
By: My ND Now - June 26, 2018
"Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago." That's how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today.

The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more on: My ND Now

Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Ellitott Dennis, Kansas State University
Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University
Study finds economic impact of using antimicrobials in feedlots
By: Feedstuffs - June 26, 2018
Kansas State University agricultural economists and veterinary medicine faculty members have completed an analysis of the economic impact of treating groups of high-health risk animals with antimicrobials, and they think their findings will help inform public debate on the topic, according to an announcement.

Kansas State said the study focused on the practice of metaphylaxis, or the mass treatment of a pen of high health-risk cattle to eliminate or minimize the onset of disease. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, metaphylaxis is used selectively by 59% of U.S. feedlots on 20.5% of all cattle placed on feed.
Read more on: Feedstuffs

Sebastien Pouliot, Iowa State University
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Experts: Trump's latest tariffs put increased risk into an already uncertain Iowa economy
By: Des Moines Register - June 15, 2018
The state's farmers could lose up to $624 million, depending on how long the tariffs are in place and the speed producers can find new markets for their soybeans, said Chad Hart, an Iowa State University economist.

"In terms of a percentage, the impact is on the type of product more than an impact on the raw materials," said Sebastien Pouliot, an associate professor of economics at Iowa State University.
Read more on: Des Moines Register

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