Monday, May 6, 2019

Members in the News: Gundersen, Boehm, Zilberman, Harris, and Coble

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Every county in the U.S. is home to people who can't afford food, study shows
By: USA Today - April 30, 2019
According to lead researcher Craig Gundersen, during the Great Recession, food insecurity rose 30% from 2007 to 2008. Then, when the economy got better, the rates didn't decline, rather they stayed the same from 2009 to 2014.
"Only in the last few years did they decline," said the professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The levels today are still higher than they were in 2007. While in many dimensions the United State recovered from the Great Recession, the most vulnerable among us still haven't recovered."
Read more on: USA Today

Rebecca Boehm, Union of Concerned Scientists
Meal Kits Have A Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Grocery Shopping, Study Says
By: National Public Radio - April 22, 2019
"This study is a good first step towards understanding the environmental impacts of meal kits," says Rebecca Boehm, an economist who studies food and environment at the Union of Concerned Scientists, "but more research will be needed to understand the whole picture." She was not involved in the new study.
The outsize role of food production on emissions is consistent with Boehm's research as well. "The largest share of emissions from U.S. household food purchases comes fairly early in the food supply chain at production," she says.
Read more on: National Public Radio

David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
Historic number of women elected to National Academy of Sciences
By: EurekAlert - April 30, 2019
The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
AAEA President, David Zilberman is amoung the list of newly elected members.
Zilberman, David; professor of agricultural and resource economics, and Robinson Chair, department of agriculture and resource economics, University of California, Berkeley
Read more on: EurekAlert

Thomas Harris, University of Nevada, Reno
Dairy, livestock summit offers mixed results
By: Nevada Appeal - April 30, 2019
“There’s a lot of farm distress,” said Cooperative Extension Economic Specialist Dr. Tom Harris, who is also the director of the University of Nevada, Reno Center for Economic Development.
Harris, who has provided information to area farmers for years, said at least every two weeks, a farm or dairy, specifically in the Midwest, ceases operation. In Nevada, he said the drought and reduced surface water irrigation has affected dairy operations as has milk prices and trade policies with other countries. He said the problems with Chinese trade is impacting the agriculture sector. From 2014 to 2017, for example, he said the net farm income dropped 93 percent.
Read more on: Nevada Appeal

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Agriculture industry expected to change
By: Starkville Daily News - April 26, 2019
Mississippi State University Professor and Head of Agricultural Economics Keith Coble believes there are a lot of transitions to occur in the agriculture industry based on the 2017 USDA Farm Census.
The transition that interests him the most is the future transition of older farmers to younger farmers. There are 55,000 farmers in Mississippi with an increasing percentage over time being female.
Coble said the average age of farmers continue to rise., with the average Mississippi farmer at 59 years old, and 7,000 are over 75 years old.
Read more on: Starkville Daily News

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*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.

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