Monday, March 26, 2018

Members in the News: Glauber, Fan, Batabyal, Smith, Barrett, Mercier, Lentz, Jacobs, Griffin, Hayes, and Plastina

*Joseph Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
Fears ripple through the US heartland that agriculture could take hit from China trade retaliation
By: CNBC - March 15, 2018

"Soybeans is certainly an area where we do a lot of business with China, and I think they have certainly indicated that they are investigating looking into soybeans as a potential retaliation,'" said Joseph Glauber, a former USDA chief economist and now a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington.

Read more on: CNBC

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
The multibillion dollar question: How much will it cost to end hunger and undernutrition?
Written by Shenggen Fan: Thomson Reuters Foundation News - March 14, 2018

World leaders have committed to ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet we are not on track to achieve the goal—in fact hunger, measured as caloric deficiency, rose in 2016 after more than a decade of impressive progress. More than 150 million children are stunted. More investments are needed to end hunger—but how much will it cost?

Read more on: Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology
What is a tariff? An economist explains
By: The Conversation - March 15, 2018

President Donald Trump recently slapped tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum, prompting significant concern and discussion about the wisdom of this action.

As an economist who shares some of those concerns, I believe it’s important to first understand what a tariff actually is and does before we can determine whether Trump’s new trade barriers are good or bad.

Read more on: The Conversation

Vincent H. Smith, Montana State University
Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

Stephanie Mercier, Farm Journal Foundation
Erin Lentz, University of Texas
The Food for Peace Modernization Act: Legislation to make the world a better place
Written by Vincent H. Smith, Christopher Barrett, Stephanie Mercier, Erin Lentz, Ryan Nabil: American Enterprise Institute - March 2, 2018

Earlier this month, the chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, introduced identical versions of the Food for Peace Modernization Act in the Senate and the House, along with co-sponsors Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Washington.

Read more on: American Enterprise Institute

Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
Co-op Tax Benefit to be Fixed This Month, Lawmaker Says
By: Successful Farming - March 9, 2018

“Cooperatives in both states use ground piles to manage harvest gluts, and if this law sticks, that challenge may be exacerbated in the short term,” Jacobs said. “But cooperatives and producers would respond to the economic incentives to invest in grain storage in that case. Condominium grain storage is another option for producers to mitigate storage constraints.”

Read more on: Successful Farming

Terry Griffin, Kansas State University
Big Ag Wants Farmers to Buy Into Satellite Imagery
By: Wired - March 20, 2018

Some farmers, sensibly, have been unsure about giving too much about their crops away to Big Ag. "I have huge concern when it comes to privacy and sensors on the ground," says Terry Griffin, a professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State. The agri-data market could, say, use that information to market products to farmers or sell seeds at differential rates.

Read more on: Wired

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Iowa could support 45,700 livestock confinements, but should it?
By: Des Moines Register - March 8, 2018

This year, U.S. hog production is forecast to grow 4 percent, but expansion in Iowa is likely to be even stronger, said Dermot Hayes, an Iowa State University economics professor.

Read more on: Des Moines Register

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
By: Bloomberg News, Chicago - March 13, 2018

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University interviewed by Megan Durisin, Bloomberg News, Chicago, on March 13, 2018, about the results of his project on the economics of cover crops.

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*Articles in response to the AAEA Communicating Out Strategy Press Releases highlighting: Government Relations, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Choices Magazine, General Media, and/or 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

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