Thursday, June 29, 2017

Members in the News: Hurt, Skolrud, Haynes, & Bellemare

Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Crops, farmers under stress

By: AgriNews - June 22, 2017

Right now throughout the U.S., grain farmers are feeling the effects of tough economic times, Mother Nature and unpredictable markets.

“We seem to be at a transitional turning point in markets. There has been concern the last couple of days about planting progress, drought problems in the Eastern Corn Belt and droughts in the Great Plains, including both of the Dakotas,” said Chris Hurt, who is an agricultural economics professor at Purdue University.

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Tristan Skolrud, University of Saskatchewan
Carbon taxation

By: The Western Producer - June 22, 2017

Although all the details of the federal carbon tax plan have yet to be unveiled, it looks like consumption of fossil fuels on the farm will be tax exempt, at least for the time being, Skolrud said.

“Realistically, they (farmers) are just going to be looking at indirect effects,” said Skolrud, an assistant professor in agricultural economics department.

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George Haynes, Montana State University
After tough year, Montana wheat farmers hope for a rebound

By: Bozeman Daily Chronicle - June 25, 2017

“What you worry about in times like this with low prices is that it puts a lot of pressure on producers that aren’t efficient in the market,” said George Haynes, professor and extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. “That turns out to be the smaller producers.”

Read the entire article on Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Economic study suggests the extent and cost of food waste are dramatically overstated

By: Food Navigator USA- June 26, 2017

The increasingly loud debate about food waste could easily lead one to believe it is "the" biggest issue industry currently faces, but a new study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics suggest most estimates are overblown and many proposed solutions are off-base.

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