Monday, October 7, 2019

Members in the News: Hart, Tonsor, Lusk, Newton, Malone, Davis, Whitacre, Hayes, Schulz, and Kolodinsky

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
'We're Tightening Our Belt': Trump's Midwest Support Tested As Farmers Struggle
By: NPR - September 15, 2019
The agriculture economy was already struggling, and the trade war is insult to injury that won't be solved overnight, says Iowa State University agriculture economist Chad Hart.
"Trade negotiations, especially in the case of the wide-ranging issues we have with China, take years to get down to a final agreement," says.
Read more on: NPR
Tentative trade deal with Japan encourages U.S. farmers, ranchers
By: UPI - August 27, 2019
"What this trade deal does it takes what is already a good, strong market for us and stabilizes it," said Chad Hart, a professor of agricultural economics at Iowa State University.
Read more on: UPI

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Market reaction fits expectations
By: Beef Magazine - September 27, 2019
“It should not be surprising that we had a large increase in cutout prices and a notable decline in fed cattle prices,” said Glynn Tonsor, agricultural economist at Kansas State University (KSU), at last week’s KSU Beef Stocker Field Day. 
Likewise, Jayson Lusk distinguished professor and head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University, says the observed reduction in cattle prices and increase in wholesale beef prices were consistent with a model of competitive outcomes.
Read more on: Beef Magazine

John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
Here’s How a USDA Science Agency’s Relocation Will Reduce Its Productivity
By: - September 27, 2019
John Newton, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, said that while his organization relies heavily on ERS data, in addition to reports from other USDA agencies, it’s too early to say how the relocation could impact his work.
“We depend on a lot of data from USDA, and we lean heavily on data from [the National Agricultural Statistics Service], the Foreign Agriculture Service and ERS to inform our policy development process,” Newton said. “We look forward to ERS quickly filling those positions with high quality economists so that work can continue.”
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Trey Malone, Michigan State University
Trump Supporters Are Actually More Likely to Avoid Gluten, According to Study
By: Vice - October 3, 2019
In their paper, " Gluten aversion is not limited to the political left," Dr. Trey Malone and Dr. F. Bailey Norwood investigate how a person's political opinions might relate to (or even shape) their opinions about food products. "If an avoidance of gluten is a biological condition and not a social construct, there should be no correlation between political opinions and gluten avoidance," they wrote. "Our study uncovers a complex relationship between the social construction of gluten avoidance and the potential role of political views."
Read more on: Vice

Alison Davis, University of Kentucky
Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University
Eastern Standard Preview
By: 88.9 WEKU - September 30, 2019
What is "Plan B" for the economies of the coalfield communities of Eastern Kentucky? Insights and information from Alison Davis, UK Professor of Agricultural Economics; Brian Mefford, head of the state's efforts to bring innovative ideas to the marketplace; Brian Whitacre, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University on development of a tool to measure rural innovation; Scott Koloms of CanopyKY on the global "good business movement." Bobby Clark of Sustainable Business Ventures on workshops for would-be rural entrepreneurs.
Read more on: 88.9 WEKU

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Worst-case scenario: Iowa's $8 billion pork industry tests its readiness for African swine fever outbreak
By: Des Moines Register - September 27, 2019
Dermot Hayes, an Iowa State University agricultural economist, said that in the wake of an African swine fever outbreak, the U.S. likely would lose most of its export markets, which account for about 27% of the country’s production.
The lost exports would cut pork receipts by about 45%, and U.S. pork producers would lose $8 billion in just the first year, Hayes estimated.
Read more on: Des Moines Register

Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
Iowa Republican Party accuses anti-meat Democrats of hypocrisy for steak fry
By: Washington Examiner - September 20, 2019
However, the meat and dairy industries are prominent in the Hawkeye state, and according to Iowa State University professor Lee Schulz, Agriculture and agriculture-related industries added $777 billion to the U.S. GDP in 2012, a 4.7% share.
Schulz points out that “U.S. farmers and ranchers make an important contribution to the U.S. economy by ensuring a safe and reliable food supply and supporting job growth and economic development.”
Read more on: Washington Examiner

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Will growing hemp pay off for farmers in our region?
By: WCAX-3 - October 2, 2019
"The hemp industry is changing extremely rapidly," said Jane Kolodinsky, who chairs the Community Development and Applied Economics Department at the University of Vermont.
"Simple economics would say that it's supply and demand and the more supply you have, given a specific amount of demand, the lower the price that the farmer earns," Kolodinsky said.
Read more on: WCAX-3

Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
Chad Hart
, Iowa State University
ASF, Tariffs Make China A Double-Edged Sword
By: Farm Journal's Pork - September 13, 2019
“USDA is going to take an incremental approach here,” said Chad Hart, Iowa State University associate professor of economics to U.S. Farm Report Host, Tyne Morgan. “So, we saw some adjustment here in September. We'll see more in October and even more in November.”
“They've admitted it's [ASF] an epidemic there,” said Lee Schulz, Iowa State University associate professor of economics. “We've seen exports really start to rally there both in what's been shipped there as well as what's on the books for the remainder of 2019. So, I think we're really starting to see the momentum in place for the pork market to react to the rather positive demand fundamentals out there.”
Read more on: Farm Journal's Pork

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