Monday, July 2, 2018

Members in the News: Hayes, Burke, Chakrabarti, Joshi, Rosegrant, Pradesha, Hidrobo, Glauber, Davis, Parman, Coble, Hurt, Schroeder, Dennis, Pendell, Pouliot, and Hart

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
U.S. Farms, Factories Can’t Produce Enough to Meet White House Goal to Cut China Deficit
By: The Wall Street Journal - May 17, 2018
The White House is likely to fall well short of a plan to slash the U.S. trade deficit with China by half, in large part because American farms and factories will find it hard to produce enough exports to meet that goal, trade experts say.
Read more on: The Wall Street Journal
Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs
By: Forbes - June 11, 2018
The U.S. farm sector is also at risk due to retaliation for, among other things, a separate set of tariffs against Chinese imports. “Worries over a looming trade war have already hit Iowa pork producers’ pocketbook to the tune of $240 million from falling prices, and the damage will likely grow, industry leaders say,” reported the Des Moines Register. “The pork industry will have to downsize modestly,” according to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes.
Read more on: Forbes

William Burke, Agricultural and Food Policy Consulting
William Burke: Food Tank’s Newest Board Member
By: Food Tank - June 2018
William Burke, agricultural economist and consultant for Michigan State University and Africa RISING, is the newest board member at Food Tank. He brings years of research and influence on agricultural economies and policies, including work with small farmers in international development with the Peace Corps. At Michigan State University, he researches household behavior and uses data to explain the impacts of government policy in Zambia and Kenya. At Africa RISING, William works on data collection and analysis of the yield and production potential of small farms in Malawi. Through his work, William hopes to positively influence the livelihoods of impoverished peoples by making relevant contributions to policy debates.
Read more on: Food Tank

Suman Chakrabarti, International Food Policy Research Institute
Anaemia among pregnant women lessens as open defecation reduces
By: The Hindustan Times - June 17, 2018
A new study has claimed a considerable drop of instances of anaemia among pregnant women in India due to the reduction of open defecation in villages, increased age at pregnancy and women’s education.

The study comes in the backdrop of Narendra Modi government’s continuing push for open defecation-free villages in the country. Terming the three factors leading to drop in instances of anemia among pregnant women, the new study by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said that when combined with diets rich in iron and folic-acid, these social changes may have long-lasting impacts in cutting down the ailment among Indian women.
Read more on: The Hindustan Times

P.K. Joshi, International Food Policy Research Institute
Farmers' associations can help fight poverty: Experts
By: Business Standard - June 20, 2018
"Farmer-producer organizations can help farmers increase their income and provide Dairy like cooperatives are coming up in the country," said (IFPRI) for Pramod K. Joshi.

He said the current government has given a new lease of life to such organizations by promoting its formation and by offering the farmers incentives to become members. Poultry, 80 per cent in the organized sector, grew 12 per cent annually last decade, he said.
Read more on: Business Standard

Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute
Angga Pradesha, International Food Policy Research Institute
Lawmaker proposes P1 carbon tax on power use
By: The Philippine Star - June 17, 2018
Villafuerte cited a study done by the International Food Policy Research Institute [completed by Alam Mondal, Mark Rosegrant, Claudia Ringler, Angga Pradesha, and Rowena Valmonte-Santos] which showed that reducing the country’s import dependence on petroleum products via the imposition of a carbon tax plus subsidies for renewable energy sources? could boost the share of renewable power by as much as 60 percent by 2040 and cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50 percent in the long term.
Read more on: The Philippine Star

Melissa Hidrobo, International Food Policy Research Institute
The transformative power of giving young women cash
By: Quartz - June 21, 2018
Melissa Hidrobo, an economist at the International Food Policy Research Institute and one of the authors of the World Bank Research Observer study, tells Quartz that there are two main reasons cash reduces violence: Women get more power in their relationships, and life gets less stressful.

In her research examining the impact of cash transfer programs in Ecuador and Bangladesh, women who received cash often tell Hidrobo that it gives them more control in their relationship. Many husbands, accustomed to being the sole breadwinner in a household, adjust their behavior toward wives who suddenly have means of their own. Women can also use their cash as a way of sending a warning: If the husbands don’t change, women have the means to leave.
Read more on: Quartz

Joe Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
Adams on Agriculture
By: American Ag Radio Network - June 11, 2018
Monday on Adams on Agriculture former USDA chief economist Joe Glauber discusses ongoing trade talks and tensions and Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association previews the debut of a new ethanol motorcycle on the Discovery Channel.

Joe Glauber's interview begins on minute 27:11.
Listen to the interview on: American Ag Radio Network

Alison Davis, University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky uses pilot program Create Bridges to strengthen rural economies
By: Northern Kentucky Tribune - June 23, 2018
Retail, tourism and entertainment provide jobs and business opportunities that often drive rural economies. The University of Kentucky is part of Create Bridges, a pilot program to strengthen retail, accommodations, tourism and entertainment industries in rural Kentucky.

With funding from the Walmart Foundation, UK agricultural economics professor Alison Davis, in partnership with the Southern Rural Development Center, created the program. The UK team and collaborative partners at the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University will develop, refine and pilot a process to help rural communities build their capacity for strengthening their retail and hospitality sectors.
Read more on: Northern Kentucky Tribune

Bryon Parman, Mississippi State University
A good fit for new extension educator
By: AgWeek - June 18, 2018
Bryon Parman was a Nebraska farm kid who had seen the ocean only once when he joined the U.S. Navy.

Now, after spending six years as a Navy search-and-rescue swimmer, earning his doctorate in agricultural economics at Kansas State University and serving as an ag economist at Mississippi State University, he's returning to the Midwest to work with farmers, ranchers, and other agriculturalists.
Read more on: AgWeek

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Senate easily passes new farm bill out of committee
By: Delta Farm Press - June 19, 2018
Shortly after the House vote, Keith Coble said, “The failure of the farm bill passing this week is indicative of the fine line leaders in the House are walking between Democrat members and the conservative wing of the Republican Party.”

While Coble — currently head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Mississippi State University — isn’t fully convinced a new farm bill will be completed by year’s end, he is now more optimistic.
Read more on: Delta Farm Press

Chris Hurt, Purdue University
American farmers are killing themselves in staggering numbers
By: My ND Now - June 26, 2018
"Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago." That's how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today.

The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more on: My ND Now

Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Ellitott Dennis, Kansas State University
Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University
Study finds economic impact of using antimicrobials in feedlots
By: Feedstuffs - June 26, 2018
Kansas State University agricultural economists and veterinary medicine faculty members have completed an analysis of the economic impact of treating groups of high-health risk animals with antimicrobials, and they think their findings will help inform public debate on the topic, according to an announcement.

Kansas State said the study focused on the practice of metaphylaxis, or the mass treatment of a pen of high health-risk cattle to eliminate or minimize the onset of disease. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, metaphylaxis is used selectively by 59% of U.S. feedlots on 20.5% of all cattle placed on feed.
Read more on: Feedstuffs

Sebastien Pouliot, Iowa State University
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Experts: Trump's latest tariffs put increased risk into an already uncertain Iowa economy
By: Des Moines Register - June 15, 2018
The state's farmers could lose up to $624 million, depending on how long the tariffs are in place and the speed producers can find new markets for their soybeans, said Chad Hart, an Iowa State University economist.

"In terms of a percentage, the impact is on the type of product more than an impact on the raw materials," said Sebastien Pouliot, an associate professor of economics at Iowa State University.
Read more on: Des Moines Register

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