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.

Read more on: The Economist

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.”

Read more on: The Guardian

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.

Read more on: Mendota Reporter

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