Monday, February 27, 2017

Members in the News: Countryman & Abbott

Amanda Countryman, Colorado State University
Trade agreement changes could spell trouble for ag exports in Colorado
By: The Fence Post and KDVR Denver - February 17, 2017
Days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump retracted the U.S.'s participation in the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. An agreement between 11 other countries to increase trade and lower costs of American exports to the Pacific Rim and Asian-Pacific countries, opening up market access for agricultural products.

Japan was included in the TPP negotiations, and is a key destination for agricultural exports for both the U.S. and Colorado, said Amanda Countryman, assistant professor in the department of agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University.

"By walking away from the TPP, it will be important to find new ways to increase and enhance trade relationships with the Asia-Pacific region," Countryman said. "In this agreement, Japan had granted unprecedented market access for agriculture, which they had never done in the past."

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Phillip Abbott, Purdue University
Tension with Mexico could weigh on corn prices
By: Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2017
Stronger-than-expected total U.S. corn exports have helped corn prices stay as high as they are, noted Phil Abbott, an ag economist at Purdue University.

“Take that away, and prices come back down,” he said.

Mexico accounted for about 28 percent of U.S. corn exports in 2016, and its September-December imports from the U.S. rose 16 percent from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Grains Council. Mexico’s buying power also has declined.

“With all this negative talk about Mexico and implications for the Mexican economy, the Mexican peso has depreciated substantially,” Abbott said. “That makes things like corn more expensive to Mexicans.”

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Member in the News: Mark Partridge

Mark Partridge, The Ohio State University
Hearing on the Geography of Poverty
By: Ways and Means - February 15, 2017

Mark Partridge gives his testimony on the "Hearing on the Geography of Poverty" in D.C. (Roughly 23 minutes in)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Members in the News: Roe, Jha, Hurt, & Giri

Terry Roe, University of Minnesota
Food Fight: Mexico Targets American Corn In Trump 'Trade War'
By: Forbes - February 17, 2017
"I would not be surprised to see Mexico broaden the agricultural commodities to put tariffs on," says Terry Roe, a University of Minnesota professor and member of the steering committee at the University's Center for International Food and Agriculture Policy. He thinks Mexico is more likely to tread carefully in any food fight with Washington since agricultural trade is a larger share of Mexico's GDP than it is for the U.S. In the short-term, new corn duties has low odds of passing legislation anyway. Roe gives it a 15% chance.

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Jaya Jha, Colby College
Consequences of potential Mexican tariffs on U.S. corn
By Brownfield - February 15, 2017
Jaya Jha specializes in the macro-economics of international trade at Colby College in Maine.

She tells Brownfield any retaliation by Mexico will likely cause the U.S. Dollar to strengthen.

“One percentage appreciation of the U.S. dollar is going to lead to, according to my research, a fall in U.S. agricultural exports of about 3.4 percent.”

Specifically for corn, her analysis shows every one percent appreciation of the dollar leads to more than a one percent drop in U.S. exports.

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Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Ag outlook breakfast set for Tuesday in Rockville
By: Tribune Star - February 19, 2017
Purdue Extension Parke County will host an agricultural outlook breakfast on Tuesday at the Parke County Fairgrounds in Rockville.

Breakfast will be available at 8 a.m., sponsored by First Financial Bank. Chris Hurt of Purdue Agricultural Economics will provide an overview of the farm economy.

Outlook information for commodity agriculture, expectations for input price adjustments, trends in farm rental rates and land values will be topics covered in the program.

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Anil Giri, University of Central Missouri
Study Details Retail Trends Across Nebraska
By: KTIC - February 19, 2017
“Rising unemployment and income stagnation, which reduced buying power and uncertainty among consumers, during the most recent recession years slowed the growth of the retail sector significantly,” said Anil Giri, assistant professor of biology and agriculture at the University of Central Missouri and co-author of the study.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Members in the News: Schroeder, Hayes, and Lele

Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
With COOL and trade, real solutions are needed
By: Agweek Editorial Board and Inforum - February 13, 2017
Researchers from Kansas State University and University of Missouri have studied the issue extensively, and their analyses were used in the U.S. Department of Agriculture report on COOL. Ted Schroeder, an agricultural economics professor at KSU, says pork producers also lost about $1 billion from COOL.

Additionally, Dermot Hayes, an agricultural economist from Iowa State University, says the law disrupted confidence in the North American pork market. Canadian producers lost 10 percent of the value of their pigs and held back on some expansion that now is likely to go ahead after winning a World Trade Organization challenge to the labeling rule.

And the argument that consumers would have paid a premium for U.S. beef and pork doesn't hold up. Schroeder and Hayes say there was no measurable change in demand for the U.S. products. The price of the raised-in-the-U.S. product was identical to commingling products.

"Why? It turns out consumer opinion surveys aren't the same as plunking down cash at meat counters," Hayes says.

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Uma Lele, Independent Scholar
Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Award for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences
By NAAS - 2017
This award is the apex award of the Academy. It is given for singular outstanding overall contribution to agriculture. The awardee can be from any science relevant to agriculture. The award consists of a scroll, a silver plaque of value not exceeding Rs. 1,00,000/-. 13th All India Congress of India's National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the M.S. Swaminathan award, named after India's iconic "father of the Green Revolution"

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Call for Undergraduate Teams: David Sparling Business Case Competition at CAES

Deadline: Midnight (PST), April 13, 2017
The CAES is pleased to announce the new David Sparling Business Case Competition This competition is a great opportunity to showcase the next generation of business leaders in the agri-food industry. Teams will be required to work through a complex, real-world challenge related to sustainability in the agri-food value chain, develop a creative, practical solution and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of judges made up of industry executives and academics.

The competition itself is only one aspect of the entire experience. Students will develop their ability to apply what they have learned in the classroom to find practical solutions to real-world business problems. Students will also develop their analytical, problem-solving, critical and strategic thinking, team work, and presentation skills that employers are looking for. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with collaborating organizations, faculty and fellow students. This competition is dedicated to the memory of David Sparling. LEARN MORE


Winning and runner-up teams will receive cash prizes of $3,500 and $2,000, respectively, and be recognized during the CAES awards banquet on evening of June 19, 2017.

Dates and Times

  • By April 13
    Register for the Competition
  • By April 25
    Register for the Conference
  • By April 25
    Become CAES Student Member
  • June 18, 4:30-6:30 pm
    Team Check-In
  • June 19, 3:00-6:00 pm
    Case Competition
  • June 19, 7:00-9:00 pm
    CAES Awards Banquet

Eligibility and Registration

This competition is for undergraduate students (from first to final year) enrolled in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, and/or Business programs. Up to 6 teams will be accepted during the registration period, on a first-come first-serve basis. Student teams will be formed at their respective universities. Each team will consist of 3 students and have an academic coach. The coach will be responsible for the registration and will be the primary contact for communications.

To register your team, please submit the following information to Nicoleta Uzea, McGill University (
  1. Name and email address of team coach
  2. Name of University affiliation
  3. Name of team members
Note that a coach may initially register a team without naming student members. Student names may be specified at a later date, but not later than April 13th.

Accepted students and their coach need to be members of the CAES and register for the conference by no later than April 25th.

Competition Rules

The team and their coach need to check-in with the competition organizer on June 18th at 4:30 pm. The business case and detailed competition rules will be provided. Teams need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation with their solution to the case. On June 19th, each team will present their analysis in front of the judges for 20 mins, followed by 10 mins of Q&A.

Teams will be required to present in English. Presentations will be judged based on criteria such as:
  1. Appreciation of the problem and its strategic implications
  2. Appropriateness and applicability of the "solution" to the problem
  3. Creativity and originality of solution
  4. Quality and professionalism of presentation
  5. Effectiveness of responses to judges' questions

Questions and Expressions of Interest

Please direct questions and submit expressions of interest to Nicoleta Uzea, McGill University (

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Member in the News: Scott Swinton

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
Should pollinating drones take over for honeybees?
By The Christian Science Monitor - February 9, 2017
Although the answer isn't a straightforward no, it would be a challenging leap to go from this one little drone pollinating one large flower to an army of drones spreading across fields of crops, says Scott Swinton, an agricultural and environmental economist at Michigan State University who was not involved in the research.

In North America, farmers largely rely on white boxes full of European honeybees, Apis mellifera. These domestic bees live in dense populations with perhaps tens of thousands of worker bees in each hive. That is an enormous amount of pollination power, Dr. Swinton explains.

A fleet of drones to match that "would just be a very formidable cost," he says in a phone interview with the Monitor.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Class of AAEA Fellows

The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee has selected five outstanding members to be honored as the 2017 AAEA Fellows. All of the Fellow recipients have made exceptional contributions to the profession. They are leaders shaping the future of the Association and the field of agricultural and applied economics as a whole.

The 2017 AAEA Fellows are:
Damona Doye
Oklahoma State University
Harry M. Kaiser
Cornell University
Mario J. Miranda
The Ohio State University

Philip Garcia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert J. Myers
Michigan State University