Monday, October 9, 2017

Members in the News: Harper, Mintert, Plastina, Lusk, Mullally, Salassi, Lewis, and Cook

Jayson Harper, Pennsylvania State University
Farmers say Maria wrecked bright spot of Puerto Rico economy
By: The News Observer, The Chicago Tribune, Akron Beacon Journal - September 29, 2017
Jayson Harper, a professor of agricultural economics at Penn State University, spent three months in Puerto Rico in 2014 and said the hurricane has destroyed the high value crops that farmers produce, some which take years to replace.

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Jim Mintert, Purdue University
Producer optimism about the future wanes in September report
By: Markets Insider- October 3, 2017
"Although the decline in the Index of Future Expectations was modest, it could be an indication that some of the optimism that surfaced among producers in late 2016 and early 2017 is eroding," said Jim Mintert, director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture and principal investigator for the barometer. "One of the drivers of the jump in producer sentiment after the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a sharp increase in expectations about the U.S. economy. But the last two times the barometer survey has posed questions about the overall economy, respondents were noticeably less optimistic."

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Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Stagnant ag economy a downer for Nebraska
By: The Grand Island Independent, The Wichita Eagle- October 2, 2017
“I don’t see any reason to expect a rapid recovery,” said Iowa State University economist Alejandro Plastina, who specializes in agricultural economics. “There’s strong demand for corn and soybeans, but worldwide there’s so just so much in stock that it keeps prices subdued.”

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Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Conner Mullally, University of Florida
California animal welfare laws led to higher egg prices, lower production
By: - October 3, 2017
Jayson Lusk, a distinguished professor and head of Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics, and Conner Mullally, an assistant professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida, analyzed 16 years' worth of and pricing data from California and surrounding states from before and after the law went into effect. Their findings were reported in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

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Mike Salassi, Louisiana State University
Listening session held on new farm bill
By: The Franklin Sun - October 3, 2017
Although the current farm bill goes a long way in meeting different commodity needs, much can be improved, LSU AgCenter agricultural economist Mike Salassi said at an agriculture listening session held on Sept. 29.

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David Lewis, Oregon State University
Oregon State University study: Water use doesn’t necessarily go up with urbanization in Willamette Valley, although it will in Eugene-Springfield
By: The Register-Guard- October 4, 2017
“In Eugene, one of the things that we can definitely say is that as land develops, water use will definitely go up,” OSU Economist David Lewis said, “But that’s not the case in other places.”

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Michael L. Cook, University of Missouri
The Global Institute of Cooperative Leadership Course (GICL)
By: Coexphal- September 5, 2017
From this afternoon until Friday, September 8, the Global Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) Course of the University of Missouri (USA), promoted and organized by the Chair of COEXPHAL-UAL and addressed to presidents , managers and members of the Guiding Councils of cooperatives.

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