Monday, December 9, 2019

Members in the News: Zheng, Wang, Glauber, Westhoff, Adjemian, Johansson, Griffen, Zhang, Irwin, DeLay, Thompson, Mintert, and Davis

Yuqing Zheng, University of Kentucky
H. Holly Wang, Purdue University
Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

Pat Westhoff, University of Missouri
Michael Adjemian, University of Georgia
Robert Johansson, USDA-OCE
Trump's $28 Billion Trade War Bailout is Overpaying 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.
“It’s clear that the payment rates overstated the damage suffered by soybean growers,” said Joseph Glauber, the USDA’s former chief economist who published a review of the research in late November. “Based on what the studies show, the damages were about half that.”

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Terry Griffen, Kansas State University
Finding the Value in Ag Tech
By: Successful Farming - November 22, 2019
Automated technologies, those that make life better for farmers, have been more readily adopted than those that are more data-intense like yield monitors, grid soil sampling, and variable rate, says Terry Griffin, associate professor, Kansas State University.
“The lack of third-party support for data-intense technologies may cause farmers to pause and consider if they have access to adequate hu- man capital to warrant investment in their own time and financial resources,” he says.
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Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit begins in December
By: The Telegraph - November 30, 2019
“The stress of a prolonged period of low grain prices was amplified by low yield due to poor planting and summer growing season weather,” says U of I agricultural economist Scott Irwin. “Producers and landowners continue to face a series of difficult management challenges as they grapple with adjusting to this highly volatile economic environment.”
Read more on: The Telegraph

Nathan DeLay, Purdue University
Nathan Thompson, Purdue University

James Mintert, Purdue University
Conference will focus on mitigating risk
By: KPC News - November 29, 2019
Purdue professors Nathan DeLay, Nathan Thompson, and James Mintert will share survey data from crop farmers regarding their usage of digital ag technology on their farms. Purdue’s crop production specialists, Robert Nielsen and Shaun Casteel from Purdue agronomy and Bill Johnson from Purdue weed science, will discuss lessons from 2019 that can be applied to farmer’s 2020 production plans. The conference will conclude with a session featuring crop climatologist Eric Snodgrass, from Nutrien Ag Solutions and the University of Illinois, on weather and climate impacts on crop production and managing weather risk in production agriculture.
Read more on: KPC News

Alison Davis, University of Kentucky
UK home to new national center studying economic impacts of rural health care
By: The Lane Report - December 2, 2019
“CEDIK is a perfect fit for this new center, because we are an integrated research and outreach center designed to explore the relationship between health access and local economic development,” Davis said. “The purpose of CEARH is to increase public and stakeholder awareness of the economic impacts of rural health care sectors on rural, state and national economies, as well as the relationship between community economic development and the health outcomes of rural residents. The hope is we will have a system of quality care in our rural places. We will provide tools to help providers talk about the economic importance of the local hospital or other medical services to their local community.”
Read more on: The Lane Report

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