Monday, January 22, 2018

Members in the News: Richards, Ferraro, Schnitkey, and Coppess

Tim Richards, Arizona State University
A new market for old and ugly fruit and vegetables takes shape
By: The Economist - January 11, 2018
The emerging companies have had to overcome four operational challenges, observes Elliot Rabinovich, a professor at Arizona State University who, with his colleague, Tim Richards, has received a grant from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study how to develop such businesses. The first is to systematise distinctions in quality that can allow useful pricing. The second is efficient distribution, since the deteriorating products must reach customers quickly and, as cost is an important aspect of their appeal, cheaply.

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Paul Ferraro, John Hopkins University
'A really big deal': New York City's fossil fuel divestment could spur global shift
By:  The Guardian - January 11, 2018
“Divestment isn’t about economically punishing businesses, it’s a tool of collective action that can politically isolate companies,” said Paul Ferraro, an economist at John Hopkins University.

“New York is fabulous in this respect because it’s so visible and it gives others room to create change. But it will only work if everyone follows, much like how everyone has to reduce their electricity use collectively for it to have a consequence for climate change.”

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Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Agriculture outlook seminar to be held at IVCC
By: Mendota Reporter- January 18, 2018
Farmland owners, operators and others interested in obtaining unbiased, research-based information about farm leasing and the economic outlook are invited to an ag seminar on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Illinois Valley Community College. Presented by University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit, the seminar will feature University of Illinois professors, Dr. Gary Schnitkey and Dr. Jonathan Coppess.

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Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Call for Submissions


The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) will hold its annual meeting in Portland, OR on July 26-29. President Douglas Jackson-Smith invites AAEA members to consider attending. The theme for this year's meeting is "Science in Society, Society in Science: Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research". While the meeting will include presentations and speakers on many different topics, a number of events will focus on the tension between skepticism about science and expert knowledge and a desire to ground social policy in evidence about the critical social and environmental issues of our time.

The RSS meetings have traditionally been a vibrant forum for scholars from many different disciplines (not just sociology) who share an interest in rural people, places, and issues. Because of our location in Portland, we are planning several sessions to explore what is distinctive about being 'rural' in the American West.

The deadline for submission of short abstracts for oral or poster presentations is February 15, and details on how to submit an abstract can be found in the flyer linked above. You can also click on the link on our homepage: www.ruralsociology.org.

If you are curious to learn more about the RSS meetings or want to get involved in activities based on the meeting theme, please feel free to reach out to RSS President Douglas Jackson-Smith at Jackson-smith.1@osu.edu or contact the program chair (Kate MacTavish) at RSSAnnualMeeting@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hold the Date Request and Call for Papers: Pre-Conference Research Workshop on Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects


The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Pre-Conference Workshop, co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, will be held on June 9-10, 2018, just prior to the NAREA conference taking place June 10-12 in Philadelphia. This pre-conference workshop will highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the United States as well as globally. We seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages. Abstract Deadline is February 16, 2018.

The full Call for Papers and more information about the workshop are available here: http://aese.psu.edu/nercrd/news/2017/call-for-papers-narea-pre-conference-workshop

Monday, January 15, 2018

Members in the News: Beghin, O'Brien, Anderson, Schroeder, Coble, Robb, Ribera, Zulauf, Novakovic, and Fuller

John Beghin, North Carolina State University
Trade, labor concerns hang over ag as Trump prepares to address top farm group
By: CNBC - January 8, 2018

"The food chains of the three countries are very integrated, so without NAFTA it would have a massive displacement," said John Beghin, a professor of agricultural economics at North Carolina State University. "Walmart or the other big retailers or food processors have spent time integrating across borders, so any change in trade policy will create headaches."

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Dan O’Brien, Kansas State University
Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University
Morning Agriculture: HARDY WHEAT GROWERS HOLD ON THROUGH COLD SNAP
By:  Politico - January 8, 2018

If growers of winter wheat learned one thing over the past financially wrenching years, it was how to prepare for more trouble ahead. As much of the nation has suffered from a deep freeze over the past week, hard red winter wheat growers in states like Kansas and Oklahoma (whose grains are found in artisanal breads and pizza dough) were already not expecting much success this year. They have been battling price declines from the world’s global wheat glut and a recent drought. Data tracked by Herndon, Va.-based Radiant Solutions estimated that “damage occurred in about a quarter of the hard red wheat belt in the central Plains.”

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Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Red meat is a window into the nation’s economic soul
By: New York Post and Market Watch- January 8, 2018

This is a prime indicator that the economy is strong, said Ted Schroeder, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, with economic growth forecasts reaching the fastest pace in three years. “The conditions around employment and disposable income are creating demand from consumers,” he said. “As income grows and we gain more confidence, we will spend more at establishments on meat, especially products like high-quality steak.”

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Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
James Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center
Market Outlook at Convention
By: American Farm Bureau Federation - January 9, 2018

Each year American Farm Bureau Federation brings in expert crop and livestock market specialist to provide their outlook for the upcoming year. In case you missed it, today's Market Intel provides the slides that were presented to the membership in attendance in Nashville.

In 2018, Dr. Keith Coble, the Giles Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Agricultural Economics Department, Mississippi State University and James Robb, Director and Senior Agricultural Economist, Livestock Marketing Information Center provided members their outlook for the 2018 agricultural economy.

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Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
For Texas Farmers, Access To Overseas Markets Is Critical
By: KUT 90.5 and Texas Standard - January 8, 2018

Luis Ribera, director of the Center for North American Studies at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension says Texas growers and livestock producers rely heavily on trade. He says about one-third of Texas farm income is derived from exports. NAFTA countries account for six or seven percent of the total.

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Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University
Farm bill outlook for 2018
By: Ohio's Country Journal - January 5, 2018

“I think there is every reason to believe that we will do a farm bill next year, certainly at least an extension and the odds are that it will be re-written. The current tone is for limited change in all farm bill titles. A constrained budget is the key reason,” said Carl Zulauf, with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University. “It will depend on how things evolve from here. I think there is a lot of political momentum and economic momentum for a new farm bill. It probably won’t get done until close to the election if not after, but I do expect us to get a new farm bill. Remember, we do have to have a new one in place by the 2019 crop year because this one ends with the 2018 crop year.”

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Andrew Novakovic, Cornell University
Pennsylvania needs innovative new dairy processing
By: American Agriculturalist - January 8, 2018

Proposals from Analysis of economic incentives for additional dairy processing in Pennsylvania could generate $34.7 million annually in combined revenue generation and cost savings.

The authors are Chuck Nicholson, now an adjunct associate professor at Cornell University; Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin Madison; and Andrew Novakovic, E.V. Baker professor of agricultural economics at Cornell.

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Kate Fuller, Montana State University
Extension plans seminar in Choteau on Jan. 11
By: Choteau Acantha - January 10, 2018

Montana State University Extension will host a free, cropping seminar series Jan. 8-11 in Fort Benton, Chester, Havre, Shelby, Cut Bank, Choteau, Conrad, Stanford and Great Falls.

Kate Fuller, MSU Extension specialist in agricultural economics and economics, will share “Partial budget analysis: why and how to estimate cost of production.” Producers will explore enterprise budgeting and partial budget analysis during Fuller’s presentation. Available estimates, along with tools to help estimate and benchmark cost of production for both current and potential enterprises, will be shared. Participants can also explore current market conditions and how they will impact producer profitability.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Members in the News: Malone, Thatcher, Hurt, Lusk, Bellemare, Cakir, Peterson, Novak, Rudi, Dobbins, Rosson, Messina, Zahniser and Litzenberg

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
Republicans say they’ve slashed taxes on small breweries. But big alcohol may be the biggest winners.
By:  The Washington Post - January 3, 2018

“These guys are going to make an extra amount of money, which is incredible,” said Trey Malone, an economist at Michigan State University who has researched the beer industry. “It’s one of the industries booming right now anyway.”

"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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Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation
Mary Kay Thatcher plans to retire from AFBF
By:  AgriPulse - January 3, 2018

After working for the American Farm Bureau Federation for 31 years, Mary Kay Thatcher plans to retire from the organization at the end of the month.

Thatcher, who currently serves as Senior Director of Congressional Relations at AFBF, is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable farm policy experts in the United States. She primarily lobbies on farm programs, crop insurance, conservation, and credit issues.

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Chris Hurt, Purdue University
What’s ahead in 2018: Soybeans will pay the bills
By: AgriNews and National Hog Farmer- January 1, 2018

Chris Hurt, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, predicted corn prices will be the lowest they have been in 16 years during a talk presented by Hoosier Ag Today at the Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show.

"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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Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Jayson Lusk Brings Data to Bear on Controversial Food Questions
By: foodtank - December, 2017

Jayson Lusk is a Distinguished Professor and the Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University. He is one of the most-cited food and agricultural economists of recent decades and has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and working papers.

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Marc F. Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Metin Çakir, University of Minnesota
Hikaru Hanawa Peterson, University of Minnesota
Lindsey Novak, University of Minnesota
Jeta Rudi, California Polytechnic State University
Waste Not, Want Not ... Wait?
By: Pacific Standard - December 22, 2017

The newest research on food waste becomes relevant in light of these questions. Earlier this year, the organization Food Forward, a produce recovery organization based in Southern California, suggested that "before we dive in the dumpster, it's important to know that the information we have is not perfect." It is, in fact, far from it. Food Forward adds: "[A]ll our knowledge about food waste comes from studies which use various different methods to estimate how much food is being lost or thrown away."

Addressing this concern, researchers writing in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics asked what very few of us bother to ask: "Is 'food waste' really wasted food?" What they found requires us to rethink our understanding and approach to food waste.

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Craig Dobbins, Purdue University
Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Purdue Releases 2018 Ag Economic Sector Forecasts
By: Hoosier Ag Today - December 27, 2017

Professor Craig Dobbins says that reducing input costs has been a priority for farmers since 2013, but cash rents are slower to come down than most. Dobbins says that, “Reductions in cash rents have occurred. The cash rent per bushel of corn in 2013 was $1.43. Purdue’s projected cash rent for 2018 is $1.13 a bushel, down 21 percent over the last four years. Professor Chris Hurt says corn farmers have produced record crops three of the past four years. With ending stocks carrying over, 2017 will have one of the lowest average marketing prices in years.

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C. Parr Rosson, Texas A&M University
William Messina, University Florida
Steven Zahniser, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Report: N.D., Minn. farmers vulnerable to Cuba policies
By: The Jamestown Sun - January 1, 2018

North Dakota and Minnesota are two of the top states in the U.S. to be hurt — or helped — by the openness of U.S.-Cuba trade policies, a recent report says.

A study report was prepared by C. Parr Rosson, head of the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, William Messina, an agricultural economist at the University Florida, and Steven Zahniser, agricultural economist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Kerry Litzenberg, Texas A&M University
Weston’s agrifood sales program blazes unlikely path for top students at Texas A&M
By: San Antonio Express News - December, 2017

That seminar he took on the fundamentals of sales stuck with Graham Weston, Texas A&M University class of 1986, as he co-founded and helped build Rackspace Hosting into a business that last year sold for $4.3 billion.

As it turned out, a skilled sales force was crucial to the company’s success. Looking back, Weston felt it was time to help get rid of the stigma of connecting a product line with customers.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Announcing the 2018 AAEA Fellows

AAEA would like to be the first to congratulate the 2018 Fellows:
George Norton,
Virginia Tech

Jill McCluskey,
Washington State University

John Beghin,
North Carolina State University
Marcel Fafchamps,
Stanford University
Thomas Jayne,
Michigan State University

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 NAREA Annual Meeting & Workshop: Call for Papers and Symposia


Submission Deadline: February 9, 2018
Annual Meeting: Selected paper sessions, organized sessions, and a poster session allow scholars to share their current research. We also welcome discussion symposia proposals. We welcome submissions in all areas of environmental, natural resource, and agricultural economics.

For information on submission of papers for the Workshop on “Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects,” please refer to the Workshop website: http://www.narea.org/2018/workshop/about.asp.

Selected Paper Proposals: Selected paper submissions should include: (i) the title of paper; (ii) names and institutional affiliations of the author and co-authors; (iii) name and e-mail address of paper presenter; (iv) an abstract of no more than 500 words; and (v) 2-4 keywords. The Selected Papers Committee will review abstracts in terms of significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, clarity of writing, and fit within conference topics. Some abstracts may be invited to present as a poster in a poster session instead of in a paper session. If an author submits more than one abstract, he or she may be limited to one presentation. Selected paper proposals should be submitted through NAREA's submission system at http://narea.org/2018/proposal/submit.asp.

If you would like to submit an organized session, please have each author submit his or her abstract as above. The organizer must also (by the submission deadline) submit through the “organized session” form: a list of all titles that belong in the session, a title for the session, and a brief (a sentence or two) explanation of the topical relationship among the papers in the session and why the session topic would be of interest to meeting attendees. The organized session may be accepted in whole, in part (and the accepted papers assigned to other sessions), or may be rejected. Organized sessions should be submitted through NAREA's submission system at http://narea.org/2018/proposal/submit.asp.

Discussion Symposium Proposals: A discussion symposium allows a more fluid and multilateral format for engagement with works in progress or “hot topics” in the field. A symposium may include prepared questions for two or more panelists, a debate, a roundtable, or another format. Regardless, half of the time (out of a session of 85 or 90 minutes) should be allocated for discussion with or questions from the audience. To propose a discussion symposium, submit through NAREA's submission system at http://narea.org/2018/proposal/submit.asp with names of the participants, the title of the symposium, and a paragraph describing what you would do in the symposium and why it would be of interest to meeting attendees.

Submission Deadline: February 9, 2018. Electronic acknowledgement will be sent to all submitters. We expect to notify the authors by March 30, 2018, for all types of submissions. If accepted, all presenters must be NAREA members and registered for the Annual Meeting by May 1, 2018. Submission questions can be directed to the Program Chair, President-Elect David Just (drj3@cornell.edu). Local arrangements questions can be directed to local arrangements chair Ted Jaenicke (ecj3@psu.edu).