Monday, April 30, 2018

Members in the News: Tyner, Taheripour, Hurt, Westhoff, Alston, Sumner, Sambucci, Kolodinsky, Jablonski, Thilmany Mcfadden, and Shideler

Wally Tyner, Purdue University
Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University
Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Study: Escalating trade war would hurt
By: AgriNews - April 24, 2018
Chinese soybean imports from the United States could drop significantly under trade restrictions imposed by China on U.S. soybeans in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese products, according to a study for the U.S. Soybean Export Council conducted by Purdue University agricultural economists Wally Tyner and Farzad Taheripour.

Chris Hurt, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue, said the soybean trade has been relatively unrestricted by tariffs or other border measures, but that could change.

“If a 25 percent tariff was put on soybeans going to China, over a time period of around five years, the export volume of soybeans to China is estimated to drop by 65 percent,” he said.
Read more on: AgriNews and Farm Futures

Pat Westhoff, University of Missouri
Soybean tariff would re-arrange trade and hurt farmers
Written by Pat Westhoff: Columbia Daily Tribune - April 19, 2018
Even as Congress begins consideration of farm legislation, it is easy to argue that current trade disputes could have a bigger impact on the agricultural sector than a new farm bill.

For much of the past year, the focus has been on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). If efforts to renegotiate NAFTA provisions were to fail, many are concerned that Mexico might restrict imports of U.S. corn, meat and dairy products to the detriment of Midwestern producers.

While there have been some reports of progress in the NAFTA negotiations, trade disputes with China have intensified. In response to U.S. trade actions on steel and other goods, China has imposed tariffs on imports of U.S. pork and other products.
Read more on: Columbia Daily Tribune and Delta Farm Press

Julian Alston, University of California, Davis
Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Olena Sambucci, University of California, Davis
Should California winemakers be worried about China’s tariffs?
Written by Julian Alston, Daniel Sumner, and Olena Sambucci: The Conversation - April 11, 2018
California’s vintners and grape growers are among the latest potential victims in the escalating trade spat between the U.S. and China.

Responding to U.S. plans to impose import duties on goods from China, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce reciprocated by introducing new tariffs on 128 U.S. products, including an additional 15 percent import tariff on wine.

Wine producers in California are concerned about the immediate and longer-term implications of this new tariff, on top of those already in place. Reports have already begun to circulate about orders being canceled, redirected or renegotiated as a result.
Read more on: The Conversation

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Opinion: When eating out, kids’ meals matter
Written by Jane Kolodinsky: Burlington Free Press - January 9, 2018
Marketing to children is effective. Any parent who has paid attention to ads for toys this Christmas knows that. But marketing doesn’t only work on toys, it works on influencing eating behaviors that that aren’t healthy for our kids. Kids see three to five advertisements per day for fast food and 50 percent of ads directed at children are food-related.

The French fry is the most popular vegetable for toddlers. A typical kids’ meal at a restaurant includes fries with chicken nuggets, or a burger and a soda. Kids want them because they taste good. But, they are loaded with saturated fat, sugar and sodium. We can do better.
Read more on: Burlington Free Press

Becca B.R. Jablonski, Colorado State University
Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Colorado State University
Dave Shideler, Oklahoma State University
Do Local Food Markets Support Profitable Farms and Ranches?
Written by Becca B.R. Jablonski, Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Dave Shideler, and Allie Bauman: Union of Concentrated Scientist - April 26, 2018
How many times have you heard that when you shop locally, farmers win? Families shop at farmers markets, school districts procure locally-grown and raised items, and restaurants curate seasonal menus at least in part because they believe they are supporting the economic viability of local producers. But do we have evidence that these local markets actually provide economic benefits to farmers and ranchers?

For the past decade, we have seen growing evidence that household and commercial buyers are willing to pay a premium for local products, and that farmers capture a larger share of the retail dollar through sales at local markets. But until recently, there was little evidence of the impact of these markets on farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom line.
Read more on: Union of Concentrated Scientist

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