Monday, December 17, 2018

Members in the News: Hart, Kolodinsky, Kimle, Bozic, Michelson, Maertens, Ellison, Jacobs, Barkley, Schulz, Zhang, Plastina, and Novakovic

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
U.S. farmers store record soybean crop as China dispute slashes exports
By: Chicago Tribune - November 27, 2018
"Individually, we've got some problems out there," said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University. "This squeeze will be enough to put a few farmers out of business."
Read more on: Chicago Tribune

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Practice what we preach
By: Rutland Herald - December 6, 2018
Authors Jane Kolodinsky, Sean Morris and Orest Pazuniak note that using a representative sample of adults who experienced Vermont’s mandatory GE labeling policy, nearly one-third of respondents reported seeing a label.
Read more on: Rutland Herald

Kevin Kimle, Iowa State University
Beyond The Farm: A Look At The Wide World Of Ag Degrees
By: KUNC - December 5, 2018
Just down the hall from Gaul is Kevin Kimle, a former ag entrepreneur and current director of the college’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Kimle said the ag-entrepreneur market is “hot,” but acknowledges that a lot of people don’t think about ag in as “innovative” or “entrepreneurial.”
Read more on: KUNC
Speakers: hyper-local weather, tech, will help farmers
By: Capital Journal - November 21, 2018
Farmers are likely to use the technologies to take advantage of specialty markets offer opportunities for high-tech, said speaker Kevin Kimle, an economist at Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa, and director of the ISU’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Read more on: Capital Journal

Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota
Farm bill details released: What it means for Minnesota, from farming to food stamps
By: MPR News - December 11, 2018
But the safety net will be significantly stronger for the dairy industry. Marin Bozic, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, said it will be much cheaper for small dairy farmers to buy what is essentially insurance against low prices.
Read more on: MPR News

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Annemie Maertens, University of Sussex
Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Misperceived quality: Fertiliser in Tanzania
Written by Hope Michelson, Annemie Maertens, Brenna Ellison, Anna Fairbairn, and Victor Manyong: VoxDev - September 12, 2018
In most of sub-Saharan Africa, limited fertiliser use on small farms is a dominant factor contributing to poor crop yields, low incomes, and food insecurity (Sheahan and Barrett 2017, Sanchez 2002). Numerous factors contribute to persistently low fertiliser usage including high fertiliser prices and variable crop prices, farmer risk-aversion, and limited access to credit and insurance (Feder et al. 1985, Foster and Rosenzweig 2010, Duflo et al. 2011, Karlan et al. 2013). However, amidst this debate as to the key factors, the perceived quality of the fertiliser itself is often missed.
Read more on: VoxDev

Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
Ag Co-ops Are More Than Seeds And Sales, They’re Boosting Rural Economies
By: Harvest Public Media - November 1, 2018
“Cooperatives were created to provide a marketing outlet for producers in an era when they generally didn't have a lot of options in marketing their grain,” said Keri Jacobs, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University.
Read more on: Harvest Public Media and Illinois Public Media

Andrew Barkley, Kansas State University
Research fortifies the holiday meal
By: KTIC Radio - December 10, 2018
For many families, it’s a pretty special time when the holiday ham is sliced, veggies are cooked and the rolls are golden brown. Kansas State University agricultural economist Andrew Barkley notes that consumers may not realize there’s probably a healthy helping of science on the holiday plate, as well.
Read more on: KTIC Radio

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
10 Predictions for Farmers in 2019
By: Successful Farming - November 21, 2018
About 3 million acres of crop production in the U.S. will shift to corn in 2019, with a 15-billion-bushel corn crop and record-setting corn production worldwide. “This big-crop phenomena is set for years, and it's not just here in the U.S.,” says Chad Hart, crop marketing specialist at Iowa State University.
Livestock production has been growing in the U.S. for five years and won’t stop this year. “We expect continued expansion,” says livestock economist Lee Schulz, Iowa State University. He predicts record production of beef in 2019. Beef exports are the primary reason why prices are as strong as they are, he says. We export almost 12% of our beef and about 23% of our pork on a carcass weight basis.
Read more on: Successful Farming

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Annual Survey Finds Farmland Values Down Slightly
By: Iowa Public Radio - December 12, 2018
Wendong Zhang, an economics professor at ISU, collects information from realtors, lenders, appraisers and other people who monitor farm sales and transitions. He says the 0.8 percent decrease in farmland value compared to last year is partly still a correction from the record-high values of 2013. This is the fourth time in the past five years that land values have decreased.

Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
Meat production heads for more records in 2019
By: Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2018
Lee Schulz, Extension livestock marketing economist with Iowa State University, says 2018 production climbed above 100 billion pounds nationally for the first time in history. Meat production is up 12 percent overall since 2014, he says.
Read more on: Iowa Farmer Today

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Choosing corn hybrids for 2019
By: Wallace Farmer - November 26, 2018
Choosing corn hybrids is a decision that’s tormented farmers for generations. According to the Iowa State University publication, “Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa — 2018” prepared by ISU ag economist Alejandro Plastina, approximately 16% of the total cost of production in a corn-soybean rotation system is corn hybrid seed cost. This number illustrates the significant risk involved in farmers’ hybrid seed decision to their overall operation.
Read more on: Wallace Farmer

Andrew Novakovic, Cornell University
Farm Bill leaves conference, passes Senate, headed for House
By: Watertown Daily News - December 12, 2018
“The reason why the Farm Bill got passed, and got passed mostly along the lines of the Senate, was the Republicans calculated they would like the bill more before January 1 than after January 1,” when the Democratic House will come to power, said Andrew Novakovic, E.V. Baker professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University.
Read more on: Watertown Daily News

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