Monday, May 1, 2017

Members in the News: Barnaby, Boyle, & Lusk

Art Barnaby, Kansas State University
SCO county wheat yields are published
Written by: Art Barnaby
By: High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal - April 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency has published its county wheat yields used to settle Supplemental Coverage Option claims. We are now using RMA county yield to estimate Agricultural Risk Coverage-County wheat payments for most USA counties where there was no NASS published county yield.

We are still using the National Agricultural Statistics Service county yield as the preferred yield for estimating ARC-CO wheat payments. FSA will set their own final county yield, but should be similar to these county yields.

Read the entire article on High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Kevin Boyle, Virginia Tech
BP Gulf Oil Spill Damage Valued at $17.2 Billion in New Study
By: Bloomberg and WVTF- April 20, 2017
The worst oil spill in U.S. history killed 11 rig workers, spewed 134 million gallons of crude, soiling birds and marine life across the Gulf. BP, which contracted the rig, was forced to sell off billions of dollars in assets to pay for damages. The latest study, ordered by the U.S. government, is the most comprehensive attempt yet to put a value on the environmental losses, said Kevin Boyle, one of the lead researchers.

“The results were eye-opening," Boyle, an agricultural economist at Virginia Tech University, said in a statement from the school. “People value our natural resources, so it’s worth taking major actions to prevent future catastrophes and correct past mistakes.”

Read the entire article on Bloomberg and WVTF

Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University
2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Jayson Lusk
By: Feedstuff, Wallaces Farmer, & Farm Forum- April 28, 2017
The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) announced that the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Jayson Lusk, a consummate communicator who promotes agricultural science and technology in the public arena. Lusk uses multiple forms of media to advocate for science, as he explains how innovation and growth in agriculture are critical for food security and global progress.

Currently a Regents professor and Willard Sparks endowed chair with the department of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, in July he will become the head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

Lusk calls himself a "food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it." As one colleague stated, however, "He's more than a scholar; he's an unparalleled communicator."

Read the entire article on Feedstuff, Wallaces Farmer, & Farm Forum

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