Monday, June 25, 2018

Members in the News: Funk, Chakrabarti, Hart, Jayne, Mason, Burke, Ariga, Fan, Adelaja, Liverpool-Tasie, Zhang, Tyner, Sumner, and Kolodinsky

Sam Funk, RaboResearch Food & Agriculture
China May End Up Paying More for Soybeans in Trade Spat With U.S.
By: Bloomberg - June 14, 2018
China’s threats of tariffs against imports of U.S. soybeans may end up being a costly move for the Asian country if the trade spat heats up.

That’s according to a report Thursday from Sam Funk, an analyst at Rabobank, who said that duties against U.S. shipments may mean that China ends up buying supplies from South America at a premium. Brazil is the world’s biggest soy exporter, followed by the U.S.
Read more on: Bloomberg

Suman Chakrabarti, International Food Policy Research Institute
Less open defecation key factor in reducing anemia among Indian women
By: Tribune India - June 14, 2018
Findings of this new study by researchers at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will be heartening for the government, leading the Swachh Bharat Mission.

According to the study, reduction of open-defecation in villages, increased age at pregnancy and education are three key socio-demographic factors in reducing anemia among pregnant women in India.
Read more on: Tribune India

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Farm Sector Fears Large Losses From Mounting Trade Conflict
By: Successful Farming - June 18, 2018
The Farm Belt will get walloped if China retaliates in equal measure against Washington’s $50 billion in announced tariffs on Chinese goods, said economists at Midwestern universities. Ohio State researchers said farmers in the Buckeye State could see a 50% drop in farm income, while Iowa State’s Chad Hart said producers in the Hawkeye State could lose up to $624 million this year, depending on how long the tariffs are in place and if other customers are found.
Read more on: Successful Farming, Des Moines Register, and The Hill
Crop Insurance Is Different From Car Insurance, And Keeps Some Farms In Business
By: Iowa Public Radio - April 24, 2018
The first version of the 2018 farm bill has only minor changes to one of the programs most farmers hold dear and what’s widely seen as their primary safety net: crop insurance.

The program covers all sorts of crops, “from corn to clams,” Iowa State University agriculture economist Chad Hart said. But it’s not like the types of insurance most people are familiar with.
Read more on: Iowa Public Radio

Thomas Jayne, Michigan State University
Nicole Mason, Michigan State University
William J. Burke, Agricultural and Food Policy Consulting
Joshua Ariga, International Fertilizer Development Center
Rebuilding Agricultural Subsidies from the Ground Up
By: Food Tank - June 2018
In a recent article in Food Policy, “Taking stock of Africa’s second-generation agricultural input subsidy programs,” Thomas Jayne, Nicole Mason, William J. Burke, and Joshua Ariga evaluate the success of input subsidy programs (ISPs) in Africa. Jayne and his co-authors find that ISPs, government programs that subsidize the price of fertilizer for farmers, have short-term benefits for some farmers, but weakly contribute to long-term economic development.
Read more on: Food Tank

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
Tight borders threatening food security - 2018 IFPRI report
By: Joy Online - June 12, 2018
The Director General of International Food Policy and Research Institute, (IFPRI) says one way Ghana can attain food and nutritional security is by opening its borders and allowing free movements of people, goods and investments.

Shenggen Fan says a well harmonized free movement of people and goods within the West African sub-region will enable Ghana and its neighbors attain self-sufficiency in food production.
Read more on: Joy Online

Adesoji Adelaja, Michigan State University
2018’s Greenest States
By: WalletHub - April 17, 2018
As I think about the spectrum from environmental friendliness to the active promotion of a green economy, I see numerous policies and strategies that are important. Obviously, strong pollution mitigation, waste recovery, recycling, pollution prevention and anti-littering rules are a good start. However, the posture for the new world is leveraging a state's green assets to promote green economy. Policies to promote renewable energy deployment are obviously progressive. The promotion of LED lighting in public and private spaces also is.
Read more on: WalletHub

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Michigan State University
Climate Change and Food Security
Written by Saweda Liverpool-Tasie and Laura Schmitt Olabisi: The Republic - June 4, 2018
We’ve gotten used to the looks on farmers’ faces by now—shaking heads, looking to the sky as if for an explanation, frowning worriedly. The rains aren’t the same as they used to be, they tell us. One no longer knows when the rainy season has truly started, when one can begin planting. It is hotter in harmattan season than it used to be. These changes are attributed to various causes, depending on the farmers’ level of education and cultural context—deforestation, an angry God, or the greenhouse gases being pumped into the atmosphere by a global industrial civilization. Yet, old and young, male and female, formally educated or not, the changes are being noticed.
Read more on: The Republic

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Wallace Tyner, Purdue University
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Tariff dispute ensnarls US soybean producers
By: China Daily - June 18, 2018
Tariffs could shrink US soybean exports to China by about 65 percent, as other countries' soybeans become a better buy, a Purdue University study said. It shows losses for US farmers could range from $1.7 billion to $3.3 billion with tariffs up to 30 percent.

China will look to Brazil and to a lesser extent Argentina, in addition to increased domestic production, to replace American soybeans, said Wendong Zhang, a professor at Iowa State University. He said that China would end up paying more for soybeans from Brazil. Purdue University Professor Wallace Tyner agreed.

Chad Hart, an Iowa State University economist, said "the product that used to go to China will go to Europe, will go to North Africa, as we find those other markets".
Read more on: China Daily

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
AP FACT CHECK: Trump partly right on Canada's dairy tariffs
By: SFGate - June 13, 2018
Dairy is a highly sensitive political issue in Canada. French-speaking Quebec is dairy country. Shielding farmers from competition is one way to placate the province's separatist movement. Canada has also angered American farmers by flooding export markets with cheap skim-milk powder.

Still, Canadian trade policies have had only a "tiny impact" on America's struggling dairy farmers, says Daniel Sumner, an agricultural economist at the University of California, Davis.
Read more on: SFGate

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk
By: VTDigger - June 19, 2018
The difference, says Jane Kolodinsky, who led the pilot as chair of the university’s Community Development and Applied Economics Department, was partly in the level of commitment from teachers and administrators.

“There has to be buy-in from the bottom up and the top down,” she says.

Read more on: VTDigger

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