Monday, March 30, 2020

Members in the News: McFadden, Crespi, Lusk, Taheripour, Tyner, Liu, Malone, Newton, Mitchell, Bhattarai, Malone, Escalante, Luo, Zhang, Xiong, and Johansson

Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Colorado State University
As Coronavirus Ravages Businesses, Small Farms and Independent Restaurants Rally for Economic Relief
By: Civil Eats - March 24, 2020
Dawn Thilmany, a professor at Colorado State University and the president-elect of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, was part of that team, and she said they had access to a wealth of reliable data on farmers selling into local markets from the USDA Agricultural Census and food hub surveys conducted by Michigan State University.
Read more on: Civil Eats

John Crespi, Iowa State University
Names in the News: March 2020
By: Feedstuffs - February 28, 2020
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa — John Crespi has been named director of the Center for Agricultural & Rural Development. Crespi has been serving as interim director of the center.
Read more on: Feedstuffs

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
There’s plenty of food in the world, just not where it’s needed
By: The Philadelphia Inquirer & NNY360 - March 20, 2020
"There's a complicated web of interactions we don't often think about that's all part of the food-supply chain: truckers, rail cars, shipping, plant workers," said Jayson Lusk, head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University. There are "big buckets of possible disruption," and it's possible the whole thing "is more fragile than we think it is," he said.
Read more on: The Philadelphia Inquirer & NNY360

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University
Wallace Tyner, Purdue University
New study finds ‘insignificant’ link between US biofuel policy and deforestation in south-east Asia
By: Biofuels International - March 25, 2020
In collaboration with the late Wally Tyner, Taheripour developed the GTAPBIO model for CARB to quantify the market-mediated impacts of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the US Renewable Fuel Standard. Both policies hold biofuels accountable for increased agricultural production around the world.
Read more on: Biofuels International

Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia
UGA cotton agronomist wants to reduce weather risk through research
By: Cotton Farming - January 29, 2020
Before Hurricane Michael moved through Georgia, Oct. 10-11, 2018, only 12% of Georgia’s cotton crop had been harvested, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates cited by UGA cotton economist Yangxuan Liu. This meant the majority of the crop was susceptible to the hurricane’s destructive winds.
Read more on: Cotton Farming

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
COVID-19 impact on farm economy hinges on rebound time
By: Michigan Farm News - March 17, 2020
“It’s quite clearly going to disrupt how the markets work in the short run,” Malone said, “but it’s not like you can expect this massive boom in long-term demand for dairy products. It’s not like all of a sudden people are drinking way, way more milk or way, way less milk. They are just buying a ton of it right now.”
“I believe at some point yesterday corn and soybeans (prices) were both down pretty sharply,” said Newton of the D.C.-based ag organization. “The challenge with dairy is it has brought forward some demand, so you bring in and advance some of those purchases into the concurrent period. The longer-term challenge is in the event of processing plant closures, any challenges in the logistical supply chain — getting drivers to the farm and access to workers — we haven’t felt that yet.”
Read more on: Michigan Farm News

Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin
Tough times on the farm
By: Wisconsin Examiner - March 24, 2020
“Agriculture has been in a pretty strong downturn for a lot of commodities,” says Paul Mitchell, a professor of agriculture and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin.
Read more on: Wisconsin Examiner

Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia
Anukul Bhattarai, University of Georgia
Marketing assistance loans, loan deficiency payments for upland cotton
By: Morning Ag Clips - March 19, 2020
The Agricultural Act of 2018 (2018 U.S. Farm Bill) extended the cotton commodity loan programs for the 2019 through 2023 crop years. Cotton commodity loan programs include the marketing assistance loan (MAL) program and the loan deficiency payment (LDP) program. These programs provide cotton producers with alternative marketing tools during periods of low cotton prices.
Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
Experts: Don't panic. Even with the coronavirus outbreak, there's plenty of food in supply chain.
By: Holland Sentinel & Lansing State Journal - March 20, 2020
“I think the supply chain is extremely well built to get food where it needs to be,” said Trey Malone, an assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
Read more on: Holland Sentinel & Lansing State Journal

Cesar Escalante, University of Georgia
Tianyuan Luo, University of Florida
Local Opinion: Repressive state-laws can harm mental health
By: Arizona Daily Star - March 16, 2020
A popular theory about mental health for children and young adults revolves around increased social media exposure. Digital technology now allows for the quick and rampant display of narcissistic sentiments and even intentions to bully. Research in this area is developing, but it appears to be dependent on how users engage with social media. Indeed, some uses are connected to degraded mental health, but the picture is complex and evolving.
Read more on: Arizona Daily Star

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Tao Xiong, Huazhong Agricultural University

Robert Johansson, USDA-Office of the Chief Economist
Dr. Mark Jekanowski Appointed World Agricultural Outlook Board Chairman
By: WBKO - March 23, 2020
Chief Economist Robert Johansson today announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Jekanowski as the World Agricultural Outlook Board Chairman. Dr. Jekanowski is currently acting Board chairman and will assume his new duties on March 29.
Read more on: WBKO

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