Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Members in the News: Bellemare, Cash, Watson, Jansen, Foltz, Smith, Lubben, & Masters

Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Is ‘Food Waste’ Really Such a Waste?
By: Marc Bellemare in The Wall Street Journal - August 24, 2017
When it comes to food, many people think “waste not, want not” is an effective public policy. “Up to one third of all food is spoiled or squandered before it is consumed,” the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says. “It is an excess in an age where almost a billion people go hungry." Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the "first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for 50-percent reduction by 2030."
Read the entire article on The Wall Street Journal

Sean Cash, Tufts University
Cookies, Apples or Yogurt? Not Always a Simple Choice for Kids
By: U.S. News - August 25, 2017
"The single most important factor in why a child chose a snack is that they are going to buy what they like to eat," said study author Sean Cash. He is a professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Boston.
Read the entire article on U.S. News

Philip Watson, University of Idaho
Agriculture’s importance to Idaho continues to grow
By: Capital Press - August 25, 2017
The report was authored by Philip Watson, an associate professor in UI’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. It is based on several sources, including data from USDA and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
It shows that Idaho agriculture was responsible for $27.8 billion in sales in 2014, up from $25.1 billion in 2012, as well as 128,200 jobs, up from 124,000.
Read the entire article on Capital Press

Jim Jansen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
UNL Extension seminar to cover basics of ag land management
By: Fremont Tribune - August 25, 2017
The seminar will be held at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, formerly the Ag Research and Development Center, at 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE, on Thursday, September 7.
The program is conducted by Allan Vyhnalek, Aaron Nygren, and Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educators who provide farm land management and agronomy education in eastern Nebraska. The seminar will run 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Read the entire article on Fremont Tribune

John Foltz, University of Idaho
New Animal Sciences chair named
By: Ohio's Country Journal and Feed Stuff- August 25, 2017
The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) announced the appointment of John Foltz as chair of the Department of Animal Sciences. He will join CFAES for a four-year appointment on Oct. 9, 2017.
Read the entire article on Ohio's Country Journal and Feed Stuff

Vincent H. Smith, Montana State University
Farm subsidies: helping the rich at the expense of the taxpayer
By: The Hill- August 24, 2017
According to Montana State University agricultural economics professor, Vincent H. Smith, fewer than 1 percent of all farms close down in a given year. He explains: “the three main causes of those failures are catastrophic health-care costs, divorce and incredibly poor management. Fortune 100 companies and Main Street businesses face much riskier financial environments.” By comparison, roughly 80 percent of small business don’t make their first anniversaries.
Read the entire article on The Hill

Brad Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Poll shows many rural Nebraskans skirt local grocery stores
By: High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal and  KTIC- August 23, 2017
“Choosing where to shop involves a number of factors and tradeoffs for consumers,” said Brad Lubben, assistant professor of agricultural economics with Nebraska Extension. “Perceptions of price, quality or variety can trump location or convenience. That can encourage consumers to drive past the local store for more-distant markets and establish habits that may be hard to change, even if the local offerings are really of similar or better value, particularly including travel time and costs.”
Read the entire article on High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal and  KTIC

William Masters, Tufts University
Here’s what the Amazon-Whole Foods deal means for shoppers
By: The Boston Globe- August 24, 2017
William Masters, an economist at the Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, said that it was telling that the company chose to announce discounts for a mix of products, not just organic items. It signals a potential widening of the Whole Foods audience, he said.
Read the entire article on The Boston Globe

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