Monday, October 1, 2018

Members in the News: Hayes, Muhammad, Smith, Guan, Hurt, Hart, Beintema, Fan, Swinton, and Joshi

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Farmers Say Aid Won’t Cover Tariff Damage
By: The Wall Street Journal - September 27, 2018
The Trump administration has started compensating U.S. farmers for damage tariffs are doing to their business.
Trade-related losses to the U.S. pork industry are expected to total more than $2 billion this year, said Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes.
Read more on: The Wall Street Journal

Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee
Trump's Relationship With American Farmers Is Soiled Because Of Biofuels Stance And Trade War
By: Forbes - September 10, 2018
“We talk about trade in the context of countries. But it is really firm-to-firm and business-to-business relationships. There needs to be a degree of certainty,” says Andrew Muhammad, a farm and trade economist with the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture, in an interview. “If they can’t rely on the U.S. as a primary source, then buyers will look elsewhere.”
Read more on: Forbes

Martin D. Smith, Duke University
The seafood trade deficit is a diversionary tactic
Written by Martin Smith: The Hill - September 20, 2018
Lately, politicians, bureaucrats and journalists have begun lamenting the fact that the United States runs a seafood trade deficit. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has called the deficit “silly” given the ample U.S. coastline. In June, Timothy Gallaudet, Acting Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, suggested reducing the seafood trade deficit by allowing commercial fishing in marine protected areas. Now the agency has launched a series of public listening sessions on the topic that began Aug. 31 and continue through November.
Read more on: The Hill

Zhengfei Guan, University of Florida
Surprising And Successful Business Models
By: Naples Daily News - September 24, 2018
Guan, who works at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm (near Tampa), is the go-to economist for Florida agricultural leaders tracking the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
These leaders have repeatedly turned to Guan to produce data on the food fight on Florida grocery store shelves. As recently as this month, the leaders were texting Guan for more as they visited federal offices to educate policy-makers on the effects of Mexican government subsidies.
Read more on: Naples Daily News, Observer, and Choices

Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Trade war means much of America's soybean harvest will go unsold
By: UPI - September 24, 2018
"The inventory that farmers can't sell is going to have to stay in storage," said Chris Hurt, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. "We're going to have a record amount of soybeans in storage this year." This year's record-breaking harvest was caused partly by good weather, Hurt said. And partly because farmers purposefully planted more soy.
Recognizing the hardship farmers are facing because of the tariffs, the Trump administration announced it will provide farmers with relief money for this year's harvest. Soy growers will get $1.65 per bushel on 50 percent of their total harvest. By some estimates, that will cover nearly half of farmer's expected tariff losses, said Chad Hart, an economist at Iowa State University.
Listen to the full interview on: UPI

Nienke Beintema, International Food Policy Research Institute
State's hiring freeze hurting research - experts
By: The Star - September 14, 2018
Nienke Beintema, program head of the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators, said capacity of researchers from Kalro is slowly declining.
“This will continue to do so based on the departure and retirement of senior researchers and the hiring freeze,” she said.
Read more on: The Star

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
‘To Double Farm Incomes, India Must Get People Off Farms’
By: India Spend - September 28, 2018
With hotter, drier weather becoming increasingly common, Indian farmers must diversify their income sources beyond agriculture, according to Shenggen Fan, director general, IFPRI.
India has an ideological problem with farmers moving out of agriculture, he said. “I think some of them must go out [of the sector], including some of the well-to-do farmers. [This is what] we have learnt from China, Vietnam and other countries in east Asia.”
Read more on: India Spend

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
Take Action: Stop the Gutting and Politicizing of USDA Research
By: Beyond Pesticides - September 24, 2018
Scott Swinton, PhD, an agricultural economist at Michigan State and the former president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, said, “The administration is now doing by fiat what it could not persuade Congress to do. Its plan to relocate ERS employees away from Washington is likely to trigger widespread staff resignations.”
Read more on: Beyond Pesticides

P.K. Joshi, International Food Policy Research Institute
In spite of abundant agri products why are farmers unhappy?
By: Rediff - September 19, 2018
“I don’t think prices of pulses and oilseeds would move in the open market from November because production this kharif is again expected to be bumper on the back of a good, well-distributed monsoon,” says P K Joshi, South-Asia Director of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Read more on: Rediff

See other Member in the News items
Know another AAEA Member who has made statewide, national, or international news?
Send a link of the article to
What research and topics are you working on? Want to be an expert source for journalists working on a story? Contact Allison Scheetz at
*Articles in response to the AAEA Communicating Out Strategy Press Releases highlighting: Government Relations, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Choices Magazine, General Media, and/or 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

No comments:

Post a Comment