Monday, March 5, 2018

Members in the News: Belasco, Outlaw, Westhoff, Plastina, Zhang, Jacobs, and Keeney

Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Can a Chinese Mega-Retailer Make a Killing off Montana Beef?
By: Civil Eats - January 23, 2018

Elsewhere, large meat processing plants are staffed mostly by migrant laborers and Eric Belasco, an agricultural economist at Montana State University and one of the authors of the slaughterhouse feasibility study, thinks this plant probably would, too. In other words, the overall impact on the state’s unemployment rate—which is slightly lower than the national average at 4 percent—would probably be fairly small.

Read more on: Civil Eats

Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University
Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri
Farm bill focus: Limited funds, many demands
By: AgWeek- February 26, 2018

"There's not enough money to do everything," said Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, and professor of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. "Constituents are up here (Capitol Hill) on every day of every week that want something, and nobody ever comes up and asks for less."

Read more on: AgWeek

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Think through possible planter trade
By: Wallace's Farmer - February 5, 2018

Each month in Wallaces Farmer, the Timely Tips panel answers questions sent by readers. Members of the panel are Alejandro Plastina and Wendong Zhang, Extension economists, Iowa State University; Leslie Miller, Iowa State Savings Bank, Knoxville; and Rob Stout, Master Farmer, Washington, Iowa.

Read more on: Wallace's Farmer

Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
Efforts to fix Section 199A continue
By: Feedstuffs - February 12, 2018
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Roman Keeney, Purdue University
Agriculture’s time in the spotlight: Focusing on the 2018 farm bill
Written by : The Hill - February 28, 2018

As U.S. net farm income continues its decline to lows not seen in a decade, agriculture is using this spring to ready for its turn in the political spotlight. The 2014 farm bill, which supports farm incomes and agricultural risk management (among other things), is set to expire at the close of fiscal 2018 this September.

Read more on: The Hill

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