Monday, May 11, 2020

Members in the News: Isengildina Massa, Coffey, Fortenbery, Schroeder, Tonsor, Lusk, Stevens, Zhang, Liu, Batabyal, Ortega, Glauber, Grant... et al.

Olga Isengildina Massa, Virginia Tech
Brian Coffey, Kansas State University

T. Randall Fortenbery, Washington State University
Why is there a meat shortage if farmers have plenty of animals?
By: TODAY - May 6, 2020
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of society, upending how students learn, how employees get work done and, in many ways, how people eat.

Like much of the agriculture, food service and culinary industries, the meat industry has been far from immune to the impacts of the deadly virus.
Read more on: TODAY

Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Ag Economists Warn Against Overreaction To Meat Industry Structure
By: Successful Farming - May 6, 2020
“We’re in a situation I don’t think our industry or our society has ever really faced or realized the challenges associated with an event like this,” said university distinguished professor of agricultural economics, Ted Schroeder.
“I’m hopeful that we’re in the worst of it, in terms of lost capacity,” said K-State professor and livestock marketing specialist Glynn Tonsor, adding that as of May 4, U.S. processing capacity was about 40% lower than it was in the same week last year. “Let’s hope that’s the lowest it will go, but no guarantee.”
Read more on: Successful Farming

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin
No shortage expected, but meat supply could see new constraints
By: PolitiFact - May 5, 2020
Jayson Lusk, head of Department of Agricultural Economics of Purdue University, told USA TODAY, "The meat sector is in a real serious, critical condition." Lusk said there will just be limited availability of certain products, depending on where you live.
Andrew Stevens, professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said shortages could happen because the meat supply chain is complex and relies on refrigeration in transport and production facilities.
Read more on: PolitiFact

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia
Downward Market Pressure Continues
By: AgFax - May 6, 2020
The rapid spread of COVID-19 severely impacted the global cotton supply chain, leading to an unexpected reduction in cotton mill use across all the major cotton spinning countries. That includes China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Vietnam.
Read more on: AgFax

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
China Not Yet Honoring Purchase Commitments, New Trade Data Shows
By: The Epoch Times - May 6, 2020
The first-quarter trade data suggest U.S. agricultural exports to China continue to run behind 2017 values, according to Jason Grant, director of the Center for Agricultural Trade at Virginia Tech.
Read more on: The Epoch Times

Chad Lawley, University of Manitoba
Food and agricultural markets during a pandemic: Insights from economists
By: Manitoba Co-operator - May 1, 2020
The Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics has published a special issue with several articles about how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect food and agricultural markets in Canada. The articles are written by economists from universities across Canada (including Derek Brewin, Ryan Cardwell, and Chad Lawley from the University of Manitoba) and the United States who have expertise in issues ranging from livestock markets to international trade agreements to agricultural land values.
Read more on: Manitoba Co-operator

Johan Swinnen, IFPRI

Johan Swinnen, IFPRI
Rob Vos, IFPRI
Building inclusive food systems could help fight COVID-19
By: Food Processing - April 28, 2020
“Food systems provide opportunities to improve food and nutrition security, generate income and drive inclusive economic growth, but even in prosperous times too many people are excluded from fully participating in them and securing these benefits. In times of crisis like today, inclusion is an even greater imperative for protecting the most vulnerable,” said Johan Swinnen, Director General of IFPRI.
“Initiating and sustaining a process of inclusive transformation requires supporting smallholders’ market access by investing in basic infrastructure, creating market incentives and promoting inclusive agribusiness models. But it is as important to invest in the ‘hidden middle’ of supply chains where millions of small- and medium-scale enterprises already operate in food processing, storage, logistics and distribution. Getting this right will be essential to lift smallholders from poverty and food insecurity,” said Rob Vos, Director of IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division.
Read more on: Food Processing

Thomas Reardon, Michigan State University
Ashok Mishra, Arizona State University
Chandra Nuthalapati, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Marc F. Bellemar, University of Minnesota

David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
COVID-19’s Disruption of India’s Transformed Food Supply Chains
By: Economic & Political Weekly  - May 2, 2020
COVID-19 is spreading through the developing world and has not spared India. In response, the Indian government has imposed ­rigorous lockdown regulations, which have an impact on all aspects of the economy. How will the COVID-19 affect food supply chains (FSCs) in India?
Read more on: Economic & Political Weekly

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI
William Martin, IFPRI
COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won't Work
By: Vox - April 29, 2020
There is a moral case against unilateral actions of this kind. Few nations in the world have substantial domestic capacity to manufacture medical supplies, to say nothing of high-tech products like genetic tests and vaccines. Export restrictions induce scarcity on world markets, raising prices and causing disproportionate harm to developing nations that cannot afford to compete in bidding wars. This is what happened when food export restrictions led to a spike in world food prices in 2007, as the chapter by Will Martin and Joseph Glauber points out.
Read more on: Vox

William Martin, IFPRI
Rob Vos, IFPRI

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
K-State keeping rural, urban Kansans on the forefront of COVID-19 knowledge
By: The Fence Post - May 6, 2020
Glynn Tonsor, professor of agricultural economics, said the Kansas economy is directly and substantially impacted by anything that alters the agricultural economy and this is even more true when the livestock sector and the effects of COVID-19 are considered more narrowly.
Read more on: The Fence Post

Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin
Why U.S. meatpacking workers are vulnerable to coronavirus, and why the industry won't easily change
By: Green Bay Press-Gazette - May 6, 2020
"It's exponentially more expensive to cool a super, super large building," Stevens said. "So these buildings are as small as they can be under good circumstances, which means it's difficult to adjust the production process inside the building right now. You can't push the walls out and just snap your fingers and sort of change the distance between people."
Read more on: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Gopinath Munisamy, University of Georgia
Octavio Ramirez, University of Georgia
UGA ag economics instructor named Distinguished Professor
By: The McDuffie Progress - May 4, 2020
Gopinath “Gopi” Munisamy, a University of Georgia professor of agricultural and applied economics, was recently named Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Marketing in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Spanning more than 35 years in academia and government, his work includes topics in agricultural policy, markets, trade and economic development.
Octavio Ramirez, head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, applauded Munisamy’s accomplishments and appointment to the professorship, which received an initial endowment contribution from the Milton M. Ratner Foundation.
Read more on: The McDuffie Progress

Seth Meyer, University of Missouri
Coronavirus Effects On Missouri Agriculture Are Severe But Inconsistent
By: St. Louis Public Radio - May 4, 2020
“If your normal place to drop your corn is an ethanol plant, and that ethanol plant is shut down, absolutely it’s having an effect,” said Seth Meyer, an agricultural economist at the University of Missouri.
Read more on: St. Louis Public Radio

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