Monday, January 20, 2020

Members in the News: Bozic, Newton, Swinton, Hayes, Bolotova, Zhang, Cheng, Griffin, Hart, Jensen, Schulz, Haynes, Fuller, and Kolodinsky

Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota
John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
How the dairy industry plans to save milk
By: CNN - January 10, 2020
Taken together, it may seem like the milk business is collapsing. But that's not the case, argued Marin Bozic, an assistant professor in University of Minnesota's applied economics department.
"There's an old adage in the dairy industry that only five people in the world know how milk is priced in the US, and four of them are dead," said John Newton, chief economist for the Farm Bureau, a lobbying group. "Milk pricing is very, very complex."
Read more on: CNN

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
Cost analysis backing BLM move comes under scrutiny
By: The Hill - January 15, 2020
Scott Swinton, an agricultural economics professor at Michigan State University who reviewed USDA’s cost-benefit analysis, estimated the move will cost taxpayers up to $182 million rather than saving them $300 million as the agency claimed.
Read more on: The Hill

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

Yuliya Bolotova, Clemson University
Milk co-ops slaughtered 500,000 cows via a “retirement” program. Now they’ll pay $220 million in a price-fixing lawsuit.
By: The New Food Economy - December 5, 2019
Whether the herd retirement program ultimately violated antitrust laws is unclear because there’s little legal precedent on the matter, according to Yuliya Bolotova, an assistant professor of agribusiness at Clemson University who has conducted extensive research on milk pricing.
Read more on: The New food Economy

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Guaquang Cheng, Tongji University
China fears trade conflicts, climate change could pose threat to food security
By: South China Morning Post - November 30, 2019
The trade conflict had exposed the danger of China’s dependence on US imports, said Wendong Zhang, an assistant economics professor at Iowa State University.
Cheng from Tongji University said China’s current global soybean supply structure needs to be diversified. He listed several areas as targets, such as the Black Sea, the Caucasus, Ukraine and Western Asia.
Read more on: South China Morning Post

Terry Griffin, Kansas City University

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
By: News Tribune - December 27, 2019
"History has never been even close to that level," said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University. "There's no clear path to get us there in one year."
Read more on: News Tribune

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Helen Jensen, Iowa State University
Some States Would Gain, Others Lose Under Proposed Changes to SNAP
By: High Plains Public Radio - November 29, 2019
“It will disadvantage some states,” said Helen Jensen, emeritus economics professor at Iowa State University. “They look at what they think are standards of living that are needed in their own context and make adjustments in the way that they administer the SNAP program. From that perspective, it won’t have a neutral effect.” 
Read more on: High Plains Public Radio

Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
For Beef And Pork Producers, 2019 Wasn't As Bad As It Could Have Been
By: St. Louis Public Radio - December 31, 2019
Lee Schulz, a livestock economist at Iowa State University, says there’s typically a 9 to 14 year cycle for beef production. At the current point in that cycle, heading into year six, he says the number of cattle should be leveling-off, which would mean farmers and ranchers would get lower prices for their beef.
Read more on: St. Louis Public Radio

George Haynes, Montana State University
Kate Binzen Fuller, Montana State University
Economic Outlook Seminar will visit 10 Montana towns
By: KXLH - January 13, 2020
Among the featured speakers:
George Haynes is an agricultural policy specialist with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University.
Kate Binzen Fuller is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University.
Read more on: KXLH

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Impeachment and International Learning
By: WDEV Radio - December 26, 2019
“Many of the farmers don’t sell all of their vegetables at the farmers markets there. And so without any cooling, the vegetables would just go bad over night or over the next couple of days. So evaporative cooling is a small structure and the walls are lined with charcoal pieces. And if you keep the charcoal pieces moist then it’s called evaporative cooling and you can lower the temperature by 10-15 degrees.”
Read more on: WDEV Radio

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