Monday, November 18, 2019

Members in the News: Miller, Hayes, Zhang, Lubben, Schatzer, Newton, Coble, Janzen, Haynes, and Walters

Corey Miller, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Why Alabama and Mississippi have suddenly gone in opposite directions
By: The Washington Post - November 9, 2019
“The education, training and skills that employers want? They may not be finding it,” said Corey Miller, an economic analyst at University Research Center in Jackson, Miss. He added later that, because the state’s workers are less skilled, it has taken them longer to train and find work even as the labor market tightens.
Read more on: The Washington Post

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
This Trade Rally Is One Tweet Away From a Crash
By: The Washington Post - November 8, 2019
It’s a similar case with agriculture. China could increase its imports of poultry, beef, pork and other products by as much as $53 billion just by removing current constraints on trade, according to a study last year by Minghao Li, Wendong Zhang and Dermot Hayes of Iowa State University.
Read more on: The Washington Post

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
In Early Voting States, the Economy Is Working in Trump’s Favor
By: Bloomberg - November 12, 2019
Economist Take: “Many farmers view this as a short-term pain, long-term gain phenomenon, hoping that this will result in a structural reduction of trade barriers in dealing with China and that there will be more and greater amounts of products going to China at the end of this,” said Wendong Zhang, co-founder of Iowa State University’s Center for China-US Agricultural Economics and Policy. 
Read more on: Bloomberg

Brad Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Rural Poll shows mixed opinions on higher education
By: Grand Island Independent - November 10, 2019
Current economic conditions may account for some of these differences, according to Brad Lubben, extension associate professor and policy specialist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
“In a tight job market like we now have, employers may be happy just to have a good candidate, so the extra value of having a degree with higher skills or qualifications may not be rewarded or immediately noticeable,” Lubben said.
Read more on: Grand Island Independent

Joe Schatzer, Oklahoma State University
OSU’s Schatzer honored for enhancing students’ learning experiences
By: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise - November 13, 2019
Joe Schatzer of Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics has been named a 2018 recipient of the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.
Read more on: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Farm Economy: ‘We’ve Been Here Before’
By: Lancaster Farming - November 7, 2019
“We’ve been here before,” said John Newton, chief economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Newton and other ag economists spoke during an Oct. 22 Farm Foundation Forum at the National Press Club in Washington.
In the long run, trade may not be the biggest problem China poses, said Keith Coble, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University.
Read more on: Lancaster Farming

Joe Janzen, Kansas State University
Against the grain: As wheat prices slip, farmers shift acres to other crops
By: The Hutchinson News - November 14, 2019
“Over the last four to five years we’ve seen relatively low wheat prices and persistent declines in acreage,” said Joe Janzen, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University.
According to Janzen, if this continues, Kansas farmers will shift toward other crops. However, he pointed out, if the price of wheat increases, the farmer will rebound to wheat.
Read more on: The Hutchinson News

George Haynes, Montana State University
Study looks at Hutterite impact on state economy, jobs
By: Great Falls Tribune - November 8, 2019
“The study highlights the importance of the Hutterite Communities in diversifying Montana’s agricultural production,” George Haynes, an MSU professor of agricultural economics, said in a news release. “They implement cutting-edge technologies to help promote efficiency and reduce labor requirements in their operations, allowing them to venture into underdeveloped markets in the state.”
Read more on: Great Falls Tribune & KXLH

Cory Walters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Farm survival workshop on crop insurance and marketing in your area
By: KTIC - November 14, 2019
“Understanding production risk becomes especially important as farm locations move farther from the center of the corn belt,” said Cory Walters, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. “These workshops are designed to assist Nebraska farmers improve their decision-making and understand the role of production risk considerations in their marketing plans.”
Read more on: KTIC

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