Monday, April 16, 2018

Members in the News: Barnaby, Ribera, Gundersen, Belton, Sheldon, Sumner, Hertel, Outlaw, Marchant, Tonsor, Hurt, Robinson, Grant, Wolf, and Williams

Art Barnaby, Kansas State University
Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
US farmers in 'precarious position' with China as trade war fears escalate
By: CNBC - April 7, 2018
"A trade war is not good for us," said Art Barnaby, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University. "There's a lot of uncertainty as to where this is going to end up."

"Subsidies are just a patchwork and not sustainable," said Luis Ribera, an agricultural economist at Texas A&M University in College Station. "They usually disrupt markets and harm producers in the long run."
Read more on: CNBC

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Here's why Moby's controversial plan for food stamps wouldn't work
By: Yahoo Lifestyle - April 10, 2018
Moby’s plan is problematic, according to Craig Gundersen, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. “The reason SNAP works so well is that it gives dignity and autonomy to families,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The notion of the government telling people what to feed themselves is insulting and could cause SNAP participants to drop out of the program altogether.”
Read more on: Yahoo Lifestyle

Ben Belton, Michigan State University
Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger
Written by Ben Belton, Dave Little & Simon Busch: The Conversation - March 8, 2018
Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people. In 1990, only 13 percent of world seafood consumption was farmed; by 2014, aquaculture was providing more than half of the fish consumed directly by human beings.
Read more on: The Conversation

Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University
Daniel Sumner, University of California at Davis
Impact on Farmers From Trade Tariff Threats Between the U.S. and China
By: AEDE, The Ohio State University - April 11, 2018
AEDE Professor Ian Sheldon joins Daniel Sumner from the University of California at Davis and David Swenson from Iowa State University on the Knowledge@Wharton radio program to discuss trade battles over trade deficit and the impact on farmers.
Originally aired on Sirius XM Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School
Listen to the interview on: AEDE, The Ohio State University

Thomas Hertel, Purdue University
Purdue Listed As Source Recommending Steel Tariff, Researcher Pushes Back
By: WBAA - April 6, 2018
A U.S. Department of Commerce document lists Purdue University research as a source for recommending a 24 percent tariff on imported steel.

When Purdue agricultural economics professor Thomas Hertel first saw the Trump Administration’s math, he had to check for himself.

“We quickly re-ran that experiment here and we get the same outcome,” says Hertel.
Read more on: WBAA

Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University
2017 peanut year praised as 'really good;' growers concerned about future
By: Southwest Farm Press - April 9, 2018
In response to peanut growers’ concerns about base acres, Outlaw explained that to pay for the seed cotton program the generic acres had to be taken out and reallocated to cotton or whatever a grower planted over the 2009 to 2012 period.
Read more on: Southwest Farm Press

Mary Marchant, Virginia Tech
Ag groups urge reasoned trade approach from Trump administration
By: Delta Farm Press - April 4, 2018
Virginia Tech professor of agricultural and applied economics Mary Marchant says the back and forth between Trump and China could lead to a trade war that will hurt both countries. Marchant has focused her research efforts on Chinese markets for over a decade.
Read more on: Delta Farm Press

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Drought, tariffs challenge Kansas agriculture industry
By: The Topeka Capital-Journal - April 7, 2018
Glynn Tonsor is a professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University who tracks the beef industry. Domestic and export demand for meat has been strong, which he said has “bailed out” the industry.

“Meat prices are higher than we expected, which is good for livestock producers, but I’m purposefully emphasizing both domestic and foreign demand,” he said.
Read more on: The Topeka Capital-Journal

Christopher Hurt, Purdue University
U.S, China trade tariffs could challenge local farmers
By: The Herald - April 9, 2018
According to a study by Purdue University professor of agricultural economics Chris Hurt, that shift in the global market could drop U.S. pork prices up to 4.4 percent. While the price drop would help pork farmers sell more domestically and in other countries, Hurt’s study didn’t expect the increased sales to fill the gap left by China.
Read more on: The Herald, AgWeb

John R.C. Robinson, Texas A&M University
Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
More tariff threats cast shadow on agricultural products
By: Waco Tribune-Herald - April 7, 2018
Chinese tariffs on grain crops or cotton would create a “reshuffling,” but not necessarily devastate farmers over the long haul, said John R.C. Robinson, an agricultural economics professor at Texas A&M University.

Trade disruption of any duration with China could negatively impact U.S. farmers and ranchers who ship $135 billion in product worldwide annually, said Luis Ribera, a Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service economist, whose specialties include risk analysis.
Read more on: Waco Tribune-Herald

Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
VT professor explains what tariffs mean for you
By: WSET - April 4, 2018
How will America respond? That's something economists are waiting to find out.

"That's the million dollar question. That's the real worry in this. If we go into a full scale trade war. And nobody wins then. Farmers lose consumers lose.," said Virginia Tech associate professor Jason Grant.
Read more on: WSET

Christopher Wolf, Michigan State University
Milk is crazy cheap right now, and dairy farmers are suffering for it
By: Michigan Radio - Match 15, 2018
Christopher Wolf, a professor of agricultural, food and resource economics at Michigan State University, joined Stateside to explain the issue to us.

Listen to learn about the scale of the problem, the implications these low prices have in the milk industry, and what's being done about it for farmers.
Listen to the interview on: Michigan Radio

Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
Trade war with China could stunt Texas agriculture and economy
By: Cleburne Times-Review - April 10, 2018
Texas produces 46 percent — nearly $450 million annually — of  the nation’s cotton exports to China, according to Luis Ribera, an associate professor and extension economist at Texas A&M University’s agricultural economics department.
Read more on: Cleburne Times-Review, Corsicana Daily Sun

Brian Williams, Mississippi State University
Farmers in Mississippi could suffer from proposed tariffs
By: Mississippi Public Broadcasting - April 9, 2018
MSU's Brian Williams says, talks about tariffs can risk the nation's relationship with China.

"Because we've got some other countries around the world that would be more than happy to step in and take the U.S. place in exporting soybeans to China: two of them being Brazil and Argentina," said Williams.
Read more on: Mississippi Public Broadcasting

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