Monday, July 8, 2019

Members in the News: Funk, Glauber, Hart, Plastina, Swinton, Irwin, McFadden, Meemken, Banerjee, Lade, Orazem, Fan, Moschini, Jacobs, and Hayes

Sam Funk, Iowa Farm Bureau
After Months of Floods and Tornadoes, Midwest Officials Tally Billions in Damage
By: The Wall Street Journal - July 4, 2019
As the swollen Mississippi and Missouri rivers slowly recede, communities across the Midwest are starting to add up the damage and make plans for repairs with the help of federal aid.
AccuWeather estimates $12.5 billion in damages and losses from flooding across the Midwest this spring, which would make it one of the costliest in the region in more than a decade. But many state and local officials say they have barely begun tallying the costs.
Read more on: The Wall Street Journal

Joseph Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
Chad Hart,
Iowa State University
Trump's Trade War Aid to Farmers Risks Worsening Crop Stockpiles
By: Bloomberg - May 17, 2019
“This is serious,” said Joseph Glauber, former chief economist for the U.S. Agriculture Department. “It’s worrisome to me that you could set prices that would really influence planting decisions, potentially distorting production.”
Chad Hart, a crop markets economist at Iowa State University, said the mere announcement of the trade aid will shape farmers’ planting decisions, even if the administration doesn’t provide details of its plan or payment rates soon.
Read more on: Bloomberg

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
U.S.-China tensions knock soyabeans to post-crisis low
By: Financial Times - May 13, 2019
Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed by Greg Meyer from the Financial Times last week, and his extension publication was referenced in the article “US-China tensions knock soyabeans to post-crisis low.
Read more on: Financial Times

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
This is not the way to move USDA agencies out of Washington
Written by Scott Swinton: The Hill - July 2, 2019
The public debate over the announced move of the USDA Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture has focused on whether a move is sensible. Equally important is how this move has been planned and implemented.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on June 13 that the 80 percent of staff at the two agencies will move to Kansas City by the end of September. He justified the move as putting the agencies closer to their agricultural constituency and as saving taxpayer money. I am one of the agricultural economists who wrote a critique of the USDA cost-benefit analysis, finding two major costs that were omitted from the USDA justification.
Read more on: The Hill

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Corn prices plummet as USDA shows far more acres planted than predicted
By: UPI - June 28, 2019
"At the time of this survey, the number of acres farmers intended to plant, but had not planted, was 15.5 million acres," said Scott Irwin, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. "That's 15.5 million acres that the USDA reported as planted that we have no idea what happened to in this survey."
Read more on: UPI and Gephardt Daily

Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Meatless Burgers Look to Sizzle on Your July 4th Cookout
By: Fortune - July 3, 2019
Brandon McFadden, an assistant professor in economics at the University of Delaware, wonders if "part of the reason Impossible Burger has not been scaled up so much is that they're trying to [manage] the cost."
Then there's push back on issues like labeling. According to McFadden, Missouri passed a law that "you couldn't call something meat or a burger unless it was derived from an animal." If companies can't call their products meat or burgers, or maybe even sausages, gaining the attention of carnivores becomes much harder.
Read more on: Fortune

Eva-Marie Meemken, Cornell University
Simanti Banerjee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Many cocoa farm workers aren’t reaping the benefits of Fairtrade certification
By: PBS/NOVA Next - July 3, 2019
While several studies have assessed the impacts of Fairtrade certification on farmers, there’s been a bit of a “blind spot” when it comes to the welfare of the rural workers they hire, says study author Eva-Marie Meemken, an agricultural economist at Cornell University. Part of the problem, she says, is access: Many farm workers come from other countries, leading to language barriers, and a good number of them work on a temporary basis in remote, inaccessible regions.
However, these results aren’t all that surprising, and mirror what’s been suggested by other studies of sustainability certifications, says Simanti Banerjee, an agricultural and behavioral economist at the University of Nebraska Lincoln who was not involved in the study.
Read more on: PBS/NOVA Next

Gabriel Lade, Iowa State University
Trump Will Try To Bolster Iowa Farmers Hurt By Trade, Weather
By: National Public Radio - June 11, 2019
GABRIEL LADE: In the long run, this could benefit the ethanol industry, but that's certainly not, you know, the way it's being spun right now. It's being spun as an immediate benefit to farmers, which it won't be.
Read more on: National Public Radio

Peter Orazem, Iowa State University
In This Town, You Apply For A Job And You Get It
By: National Public Radio - May 23, 2019
So why are jobs so plentiful in this small city of more than 65,000 residents tucked amid farm fields 45 minutes north of Des Moines? One reason is that Ames is home to Iowa State University. College towns emerged from the Great Recession in stronger shape than other places, says Iowa State economist Peter Orazem.
"Where the U.S. economy is growing tends to be in the sorts of things that universities are typically good at producing — educated employees and research," he says.
Read more on: National Public Radio

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
FAO drive towards zero hunger goal in Asia Pacific
By: SciDev.Net - June 5, 2019
Shenggen Fan, director-general, International Food Policy Research Institute, tells SciDev.Net that innovative approaches in policy, institutions and technologies are key to improving progress on zero hunger. “We must promote nutritious, sustainable and healthy diets with fiscal policy, social protection and increased investment in research on nutritious foods and subsidies to support production of healthy foods.”

Fan says that agri-food systems in the region must be inclusive, allowing women, children, youth and marginal or vulnerable population groups to benefit.
Read more on: SciDev.Net

GianCarlo Moschini, Iowa State University
Banning neonicotinoids not cure-all for bee health, researchers find
By: Farm Progress - June 26, 2019
New research shows a neonicotinoid ban in the United States may not be a risk-free solution to the problem of declining bee populations. According to research from GianCarlo Moschini at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Ed Perry at Kansas State University, a total agricultural ban in U.S. maize, similar to one introduced in the European Union in 2013, could have unintended consequences.
Read more on: Farm Progress

Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
SF Special: Minnesota Cooperative Falls Prey to Its General Manager
By: Successful Farming - May 20, 2019
“What failed is the oversight of the process,” says Keri Jacobs, an associate professor at Iowa State University. “While it’s important to place your trust in the person hired to lead your business, there must also be checks and balances in place to verify what he or she is doing.”
Read more on: Successful Farming

Joseph Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
The Grain Exchange presented advances in the NASA Harvest Conference 2019
By: Argentina’s El Economista - June 27, 2019
Subsequently, a series of panels with presentations by different members of the consortium began. The Grain Exchange had its space at the opening of the day, with a focus on Technologies for Earth Observation, Agricultural Markets and Price Volatility. Agronomist Esteban Copati made a presentation on the impact of Earth Observation technologies on agricultural estimates in Argentina. This first panel was also composed of Joe Glauber (IFPRI) and Matt Hansen (UMD), in turn also had the presence of Abdolreza Abbassian (FAO), Seth Meyer (USDA), Arnaud Petit (IGC) and Ian Jarvis (GEOGLAM).
Read more on: Argentina’s El Economista and Argentina's Clarin Rural

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Ongoing trade uncertainty hurts producers
By: Ag|Update - May 31, 2019
Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes has estimated that U.S. pork exports to Japan could grow from $1.6 billion last year up to $2.2 billion over the next 15 years if such an agreement is reached. But shipments could drop dramatically if a deal is not reached.

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