Monday, December 16, 2019

Members in the News: Gundersen, Boehm, Cash, Glauber, Zheng, Adjemaian, Johansson, Fan, Zhang, Dorfman, Rabinowitz, Schoengold, Griffin, McCracken, Schmidt, Headey, James, Belasco, Smith, Hewlett, Parsons, and Mintert

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Trump’s new SNAP rules threaten a food stamps program that is an American success story
By: NBC News' THINK - December 7, 2019
On Wednesday, the Trump administration instituted a policy that would lead to hundreds of thousands of people losing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This represents a frustrating setback for a program which has, up until now, enjoyed bipartisan support.
Read more on: NBC News' THINK

Rebecca Boehm, Union Concerned Scientists
Sean Cash, Tufts University
What happens when the nation’s largest school system goes meatless one day a week?
By: The Hill - November 22, 2019
“You can create a model diet, or a scenario diet, or an average diet, but there’s just so much variation — across people, across diets, across foods,” nothing is perfect, says Rebecca Boehm, an economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
That’s especially important in schools, where menu planners balance nutritional standards, feasibility, affordability and taste, says Sean Cash, an economist at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. 
Read more on: The Hill

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI
Yuqing Zheng, University of Kentucky

Michael Adjemian, University of Georgia
Robert Johansson, USDA-OCE
Trump's $28 Billion Trade War Bailout is Over Paying Farmers
By: Bloomberg - December 4, 2019
President Donald Trump’s $28 billion farm bailout may be paying many growers more than the trade war with China has cost them.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s calculations overshot the impact of the trade conflict on American soybean prices, according to six academic studies, a conclusion that is likely to add to criticism that the bailout has generated distortions and inequalities in the farm economy.
Read more on: Bloomberg

Shenggen Fan, IFPRI
Alternative meat can sustain food systems
By: China Daily - November 22, 2019
Pork prices in China have increased significantly of late thanks to an African swine fever outbreak which killed or forced the authorities to cull millions of pigs. National Bureau of Statistics data show that prices of pork jumped 20.1 percent month-on-month in October. Rising for nearly a year, the price of pork peaked in late October at 53.79 yuan per kilogram, up 188 percent year-on-year. Since then prices have fallen sharply following reports of fresh disease outbreaks.
Read more on: China Daily

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Jeffery Dorfman, University of Georgia
Adam Rabinowitz, University of Georgia
Georgia Ag Forecast set for five locations in 2020
By: Tifton Gazette - December 12, 2019
“Right now, economic data is mixed with good and bad news for the future of Georgia’s economy. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding regulations and how they will impact farmers, agribusinesses, rural communities and Georgia’s overall economy,” Dorfman said. “It’s important to cut through the noise and focus on the fundamentals.”
“We are in a period of great uncertainty in agriculture, with lasting depressed commodity prices, ongoing trade disputes and a continued recovery from natural disasters,” Rabinowitz said. “As a result of these challenges, it is of great importance that agricultural producers and agribusinesses plan for the upcoming growing season.”
Read more on: The Tifton Gazette

Karina Schoengold, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Can water shares help to save California aquifers?
By: Taipei Times - December 8, 2019
Previously, the state was one of the most unregulated in the parched US west on groundwater, University of Nebraska associate professor of agricultural economics Karina Schoengold said. While water markets are just one potential strategy for conversation, they are receiving major interest across the state — and that in turn is drawing attention nationally, she said.
Read more on: Taipei Times

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

Terry Griffin, Kansas State University
Drive To The Data
By: GrowPro - Fall 2019
“(What) I really enjoy asking, is why farmers do what (they) do,” said Griffin, a cropping systems economist at Kansas State University. Griffin is best known for his expertise in precision agriculture, technology adoption and farm management. While he spends most of his time on such topics, Griffin also seeks answers to more arcane questions.
Read more on: GrowPro

Vicki McCracken, Washington State University
New WSU Extension director: 'I intend to listen a lot'
By: Capital Press - December 9, 2019
“I intend to listen a lot and help provide leadership and guidance that will help farmers of all scales,” McCracken told the Capital Press. “I want farmers to think extension links them to resources within the university, but is also a resource on its own.”
Read more on: Capital Press

Claudia Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University
Penn State conference to focus on combating foreign animal diseases
By: National Hog Farmer - December 11, 2019
Sessions will be chaired by Penn State faculty including Terry Etherton, distinguished professor of animal nutrition and head of the Department of Animal Science; Vivek Kapur, professor of animal science and Huck Distinguished Chair in Global Health; Isabella Cattadori, associate professor of biology in the Eberly College of Science; Claudia Schmidt, assistant professor of agricultural economics; Andrew Read, director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences...
Read more on: National Hog Farmer

Derek Headey, IFPRI
The EAT-Lancet Diet is unaffordable, but who is to blame?
By: Devex - December 2, 2019
Derek Headey, a co-author of the research and a senior research fellow in IFPRI's poverty, health, and nutrition division, said the number who would not be able to afford it was likely more, once you consider that they must also pay for other necessities, including rent and transportation, out of their income.
Read more on: Devex

Harvey S. James Jr., University of Missouri
Professional appointed editor-in-chief of Agriculture and Human Values
By: The Mercury - December 6, 2019
Sanderson is welcomed by the outgoing editor-in-chief of the journal, Harvey S. James Jr., professor of agricultural economics and associate director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia: “Agriculture and Human Values will soon begin its 37th year. As editor-in-chief of the journal for 13 years, I have a vested interest in ensuring that the new editor appreciates the journal’s status in the academic community and has a vision for its continued growth and impact.
Read more on: The Mercury

Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Volatility the name of the game with current cattle markets
By: The Courier - December 6, 2019
“Some of the studies I have seen in the past haven’t shown that the packers are exerting any sort of undue pressure. They have shown that the packer’s margins are pretty small, but there are huge gains from scale. So, these larger processors can compete on volume, but not necessarily margins,” Belasco explained.
Read more on: The Courier

Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Vincent H. Smith, Montana State University
How the biggest farms are getting more per acre in trade-war subsidies
By: MarketWatch - December 11, 2019
American farmers are benefiting from over $24 billion in new subsidies as compensation for lost sales caused by the on-going U.S.-China trade war.
The American Enterprise Institute estimates those payments are three to four times bigger than actual losses. Ironically, most of the monies are going to the biggest and richest farms who already receive the lion’s share of federal crop insurance program subsidies and don’t need financial help.
Read more on: MarketWatch

John Hewlett, University of Wyoming
Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
James Mintert, Purdue University
Purdue Top Farmer Conference to Focus on Risk Management
By: Hoosier Ag Today & Jackson Progress-Argus
The pre-conference session, “Ag Survivor – Strategies for Managing Risks in Your Operation,” will provide an overview of potential risks farmers may face in 2020 and offer management strategies that will play a critical role in successful farm practices for the coming year. Experts John Hewlett, ranch/farm management specialist from the University of Wyoming, and Jay Parsons, associate professor of agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, will lead workshop participants in developing strategies that will enable their farms to thrive in today’s challenging environment.
“Farmers faced difficult decisions this year that had the potential to drastically impact their operations,” said James Mintert, Purdue agricultural economics professor and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture. “The ag survivor workshop gives farmers an opportunity to analyze potential risks facing their farm and develop strategies to combat those risks in a hands-on learning environment. The pre-conference will equip participants with the tools and confidence they need for future success.”
Read more on: Hoosier Ag Today & Jackson Progress-Argus

John Hewlett, University of Wyoming
Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Purdue Top Farmer Conference Coming in January
By: Herald Journal - December 11, 2019
Experts John Hewlett, ranch/farm management specialist from the University of Wyoming, and Jay Parsons, associate professor of agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, will lead workshop participants in developing strategies that will enable their farms to thrive in today’s challenging environment.
Read more on: Herald Journal

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