Monday, July 9, 2018

Members in the News: Kolodinsky, Lusk, Fan, Joshi, Olynk Widmar, Zhang, Plastina, Li, and Hart

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Mandatory labels with simple disclosures reduced fears of GE foods in Vermont
Written by: Jane Kolodinsky in The Conversation, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Alliance for Science, The Atlantic, Morning Ag Clips, Fortune, Seed Daily, Yahoo Finance, PopSci, Nature, Newsweek, Discover Magazine  - June 28, 2018
There has been substantial debate over whether mandated labels for genetically engineered foods might increase or decrease consumer aversion toward genetic engineering.
This question is particularly relevant now since comments on proposed rules for implementing a national labeling law are being accepted until July 3, 2018. Two years ago, a mandatory Vermont law went in effect.

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
China’s demand for food a boon for Southeast Asian exporters
By: China Daily - June 27, 2018
While progress is being made, food security and nutrition remain concerns in many parts of the world, and serious hunger still exists in countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar, Fan Shenggen, director-general of the institute, said.
Read more on: China Daily
Africa: IFPRI 2018 Report - Barriers to trade and declining investments
By: AllAfrica - June 22, 2018
Unfortunate trends of protectionism were noted in 2017. This sentence is from Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri). He presented the 2018 report of Ifpri.
Read more on: AllAfrica

P.K. Joshi, International Food Policy Research Institute
Centre to announce kharif MSP next week, new sugarcane FRP soon
By: Business Standard - June 29, 2018
"I think it is a much-awaited decision (on MSP), and should be good for farmers. As far as the impact of high inflation on farmers is concerned, I don't think it would have any impact, because in wheat and rice, PDS operations act as a buffer against rising prices and also in other crops, too it won't push up wholesale prices," said P K Joshi, South-Asia Director of (IFPRI).
Read more on: Business Standard

Nicole Olynk Widmar, Purdue University
Dairy farms impacted by milk market
By: The Goshen News - June 28, 2018
Nut milks have increased in popularity, according to a report by Nielsen, a global research company. In the past five years, almond milk sales have increased by 250 percent, the report indicates.
“It is hard to say the direct impact of nut milks or dairy substitutes,” said Nicole Olynk Widmar, associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.
Read more on: The Goshen News

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Nearly 60 percent of Iowa farmland owners don't farm; one-third have no ag experience
By: Des Moines Register, Iowa Public Radio, and Estherville Daily News - June 28, 2018
RECESSION BUFFER: Eighty-two percent of Iowa farmland is owned debt-free, which represents a significant increase from 62 percent in 1982 and 78 percent in 2012.
It helps explain why Iowa farmland prices have only fallen about 16 percent since hitting a high in 2013, while farm profits have fallen 75 percent, ISU economists said.

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Minghao Li, Iowa State University
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Amid Turmoil, the Second-Highest Year for Ag Exports?
By: Successful Farming - July 2, 2018
Iowa State University (ISU) economists say there’s truth to the adage that agriculture is the first casualty in trade disputes. In two earlier clashes, China used retaliatory tariffs “to inflict economic loss on politically influential groups. China has chosen agricultural products, as it sees the affected U.S. producers to be politically powerful,” say Minghao Li, Wendong Zhang, and Chad Hart in an ISU article. In addition, China has plenty of pork, so its consumers will not suffer if U.S. pork costs more.
Listen to the interview on: Successful Farming

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
ISU survey shows longevity in farm ownership
By: Radio Iowa, AgWeb - June 29, 2018
A new Iowa State University Extension survey finds much of Iowa’s 30 million acres of farmland doesn’t change hands very often. Iowa State University economist Wendong Zhang conducted the 2017 survey.
“About 22 percent of the land is owned in the structure of sole ownership. Another 28 percent is owned in joint tenancy — which is often between a spouse, husband and wife — and eight percent are tenants in common or other sorts of co-ownership structure,” Zhang explains. He says the co-ownership is often among siblings. Twenty percent of the farmland is owned by a trust, with many of them what are called revocable trusts, which means the ownership can be changed.
Read more on: Radio Iowa and AgWeb

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