Monday, June 24, 2019

Members in the News: Lusk, Langemeier, Charlton, Taylor, Rutledge, Boehm, and Bekkerman

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Egg industry struggles to meet 'cage-free' demands
By: Agri-Pulse - June 19, 2019
The impact of higher prices on consumer behavior could be dramatic, according to a study by Jayson Lusk, head of agricultural economics at Purdue, ...
Read more on: Agri-Pulse

Michael Langemeier, Purdue University
Commercial corn prices are going up. Here's what that could mean for your grocery bill
By: IndyStar. - June 17, 2019
However, Michael Langemeier, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue, said commercial corn prices aren’t estimated to go much above the average since 2007 of $4.55 a bushel.
He added that any current predictions of corn yields and prices are preliminary and said there is about a 25% chance commercial corn prices could rise steeply, to more than $5 a bushel. 
Read more on: IndyStar.

Diane Charlton, Montana State University
J. Edward Taylor, University of California, Davis
Zachariah Rutledge, University of California, Davis
Innovations for shrinking agricultural workforce
By: Farm and Dairy - June 15, 2019
Editor’s note: The following was adapted from an article in Choices, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, written by Diane Charlton, J. Edward Taylor, Stavros Vougioukas, and Zachariah Rutledge.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A diminishing farm labor supply puts pressure on the agricultural sector to adopt new technologies for difficult-to-mechanize tasks.
The competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, as well as the welfare of farm workers and the communities in which they live, depends on how we as a society adapt to a new era of farm labor scarcity.
Read more on: Farm and Dairy

Rebecca Boehm, Union of Concerned Scientists
Union Organizers Score Another Win at USDA
By: Government Executive - June 12, 2019
Rebecca Boehm, economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists—one of numerous academic and advocacy groups that oppose the office moves as disruptive—said, "USDA employees are rightly frustrated by the lack clarity and transparency throughout the relocation process. Hopefully, unionizing will give them a strong voice moving forward and allow them to get back to producing vital research for farmers and consumers."
Read more on: Government Executive

Anton Bekkerman, Montana State University
New Trade Agreement Could Boost Montana Beef Exports To Europe
By: Montana Public Radio - June 17, 2019
“This is a really great deal for the United States, especially because European Union has a lot of high-income consumers who may be willing to pay for that premium-quality beef,” says Anton Bekkerman, a professor with Montana State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics.
Bekkerman says high-quality beef is something Montana producers do really well. Another advantage is that Montana already has a robust system in place to verify cattle were raised without growth-promoting hormones.
Read more on: Montana Public Radio

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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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