Monday, April 8, 2019

Members in the News: Grant, Scheitrum, Fan, Gundersen, Boehm, MacDonald, Brester, Doering, Sumner, Raghunathan, Zhang, Funk, Hart, and Filipski

Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
Half-Empty Shelves. Skyrocketing Prices. Here's What Would Happen to the Produce Aisle if Trump Closes the Mexico Border
By: Yahoo News - April 3, 2019
Not having access to produce from Mexico would also cause fresh fruit and vegetable prices to jump anywhere between 20% and 40%, according to Jason Grant, an agricultural economist at Virginia Tech. He bases his estimate on past price increases during events that shut down borders to certain products, such as beef and pork. But fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico are so integral that closing the border would have unprecedented consequences for the U.S., he says.
Read more on: Yahoo News

Daniel Scheitrum, University of Arizona
Voluntary emissions reduction: How the US can stay in Paris Agreement
Written by Amy Myers Jaffe and Daniel Scheitrum: The Hill - April 1, 2019
Democratic party efforts to launch a legislative package that would force President Trump to submit a plan to Congress to remain in the Paris climate accords is a policy that can gain bipartisan momentum. The launch of a Republican response to the Green New Deal lays the groundwork, if a creative approach could be fashioned.
Read more on: The Hill

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
Rural areas are in crisis. Revitalization is the solution
Written by Achim Steiner and Shenggen Fan: Reuters - March 27, 2019
The global rural poverty rate is 17 percent (compared to 7 percent in urban areas). Rural people comprise 70 percent of the world’s extremely poor. Rural areas lag behind urban areas in reducing rates of child stunting (low height for age). Many rural environments lack basic services such as education; health; roads; water and sanitation; and suffer from rising pollution levels and dwindling natural resources. These challenges will only be exacerbated by climate change.
Read more on: Reuters
Can the world quench China’s bottomless thirst for milk?
By: UK’s The Guardian - March 29, 2019
“The sort of growth we’ve seen in just 40 years, and for a population of 1.4 billion, it’s never been seen in history. It’s tremendous,” said Shenggen Fan, director general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute. “The Chinese think that part of the reason why they are shorter than other nationalities is a lack of access to milk. If you drink a cup of milk a day, or have an egg a day, you will get taller. There is good evidence that animal-source foods reduce stunting.”
Read more on: UK’s The Guardian, Science Net China, and SciDev

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
More Than 750,000 Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal
By: NPR - April 1, 2019
Craig Gundersen, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at the University of Illinois, questions the administration's assertion that imposing work requirements will move more SNAP recipients into the labor force. He says there's no evidence that receiving food stamps discourages work.
Read more on: NPR

Rebecca Boehm, Union of Concerned Scientists
Can Food Choices Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
By: Pacific Standard - March 28, 2019
Rebecca Boehm, an economist with the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with a team of researchers from Tufts University, examined weekly food purchases from 4,826 households from across the U.S. To quantify greenhouse gas emissions, they used a lifecycle analysis of red meat from the Environmental Protection Agency, which includes everything from tractors used to till the land, to the methane the cows produce.
Read more on: Pacific Standard

James MacDonald, USDA-Economic Research Service
Gary Brester, Montana State University
Why do farmers get so few of our food dollars? Us
By: PolitiFact - April 4, 2019
"Concentration matters in general, but the precise effects on prices vary widely and depend on a host of other factors," USDA economist James MacDonald wrote in a 2017 article.
Gary Brester, agricultural economist emeritus at Montana State University, looked at meat producers between 1945 and 2006. The farm share fell from 74 percent to 33 percent. During the entire time, "real per-farm net income has trended upward," Brester wrote in 2009.
Read more on: PolitiFact

Otto Doering, Purdue University
Trump threatens to close the southern border. Here's what that could mean for Hoosiers.
By: IndyStar - April 4, 2019
Border states to the south would feel the impact of the closure immediately, but Otto C. Doering III, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue University, said producers and consumers in Indiana wouldn't be spared just because of their distance.
Read more on: IndyStar

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Farmers look to adapt to climate change
By: Bakersfield - March 29, 2019
"Everybody I know in agriculture says, 'Yes, the climate's changing and adaptation to that climate change is crucial.' So that's not controversial," said Dan Sumner, an agricultural economist at UC Davis. "At the same time, that doesn't mean they buy into every public policy proposal for mitigating the climate change."
Read more on: Bakersfield

Kalyani Raghunathan, International Food Policy Research Institute
Poor, uneducated women left behind in ICDS: Report
By: Hindustan Times - April 4, 2019
A co-author, Kalyani Raghunathan said, “Our paper is highlighting the picture of the gains and how they differ across household characteristics and geographies. We have to conduct a separate analysis to go into the gaps and find out causes.”
Read more on: Hindustan Times and India’s The Week

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Farmland prices reach historic highs in Upper Midwest
By: Star Tribune - March 30, 2019
The key reason prices are staying high is that supply is limited, said Zhang, the Iowa State economist. In Iowa, of a possible 30 million acres of farmland, only 200,000 acres changed hands in 2018, or just over half of 1 percent. “There’s not a lot of land to buy,” he said.
Read more on: Star Tribune

Sam Funk, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Chad Hart, Iowa State University
Farming losses push damage to $2 billion
By: Des Moines Register - April 4, 2019
“When we look at the crop losses, the lost economic activity, it quickly climbs above $2 billion,” said Sam Funk, Farm Bureau’s senior economist. Funk estimates that Iowa farmers will struggle to plant as much as 145,000 flooded acres along the Missouri River. In 2011, about 127,000 acres were flooded.
“Any spring rains we see in the Dakotas and Nebraska will impact southwestern Iowa, especially with the damage to the levees,” said Chad Hart, an Iowa State University economist. “It won’t take as big as a rain event to create problems with the loss of flood protection,” he said.
Read more on: Des Moines Register

Mateusz Filipski, University of Georgia
Aquaculture May Reduce Rural Poverty, Income Inequality
By: Chicago Police Review - February 18, 2019
In an article recently published in World Development, authors Ben Belton of Michigan State University and Mateusz Filipski of the University of Georgia attempted to fill the economic data void surrounding rural aquaculture. Through a survey of 1,102 households in a fish-farming region of Myanmar, the researchers gathered information about aqua and agricultural employment, practices, yields and incomes.
Read more on: Chicago Police Review

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