Monday, June 8, 2020

Members in the News: Thilmany McFadden, Gerlt, Glauber, Lusk, Meyer, Irwin, Wang, Vercamman, Griffin, Lele, Bansal, Ortega, Ufer, Batabyal, and Lubben

Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Colorado State University
Amid the pandemic, hog farmers face a crisis: Too many pigs, nowhere to go
By: NBC News - May 28, 2020
"In my professional life and lifetime, we haven’t seen a shock this big across the whole food system. 
We’ve certainly seen baby shocks in different parts of it. Say for instance when an e-coli outbreak has happened, we saw spinach not be there or romaine not be there. We’ve never seen this broad of a swath of the food industry affected at the same time," said Dawn Thilmany McFadden.
Read more on: NBC News

Scott Gerlt, University of Missouri
Why coronavirus is causing a massive amount of food waste
By: CNBC & YouTube - May 19, 2020
"We were estimating for the 2020 year, there would be about a 20 billion dollar loss out of about 100 billion dollars in net farm income. Unfortunately, the situation has gotten worse since we’ve done those estimates. So 20 billion looks like a fairly optimistic scenario," said Scott Gerlt.
Read more on: CNBC & YouTube

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Seth Meyer, University of Missouri
Red Meat Production Plunges 23% During April Amid Pandemic
By: Successful Farming - May 22, 2020
“We’ve shown significant improvement in processing numbers over the past several days,” said Jayson Lusk, a Purdue University meat expert. “In early May, we were running about 40% below 2019, and now we are ‘only’ about 15% below last year’s numbers in beef and pork.” Wholesale meat prices, which spiked as retail supplies of meat tightened, “are coming off some all-time highs. In short, we’re seeing significant progress,” said Lusk.
Cattle slaughter is relatively steady throughout the year, while hog slaughter is highest in fall and winter. “If we have a COVID resurgence for some reason, that could again stress the system’s ability to push through the number of animals,” said Seth Meyer, associate director of the FAPRI think tank. “But this is all unknown risk — and why the packers and everyone else remain concerned about worker health.”
Read more on: Successful Farming

Seth Meyer, University of Missouri
Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eligible Bushels For Coronavirus Payment Remain Unclear, Economists Says
By: Successful Farming - May 20, 2020
“These are payments that are going to reflect the immediate impact of the coronavirus on crops and livestock farmers. So, the USDA is saying we’re going to focus on the impacts of the 2019/2020 crops and livestock production for 2020. And this program isolates the impact to farmers from January to April 2020,” Meyer says.
“Yes, farmers who did a good job of marketing may not get the payment, but they are still better off and probably by a lot,” Irwin says. "So, their argument is that they want to maintain their marketing advantage over their fellow farmers through the coronavirus payment. If I marketed corn preharvest at $4 per bushel while others waited and then sold at $3 per bushel, I have a $1 advantage. The coronavirus payment will offset some of that advantage," Irwin says.
Read more on: Successful Farming

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Experts explain COVID’s impact on supply chain
By: AgriNews - May 30, 2020
“The USDA releases projections of net farm income. In February they were projecting that farm income for this coming year was going to be fairly flat. But it’s hard to imagine that we’re not going to come down significantly, given the prices of most agricultural commodities have been falling across the board,” Jayson Lusk says.
Read more on: AgriNews

Holly Wang, Purdue University
Industrial farming of livestock a ticking pathogen bomb, scientists say
By: South China Morning Post - June 2, 2020
Now the country is “on a fast track” to replacing the small-scale farms that have dominated the industry with large, industrialised farms that can afford tighter biosecurity controls, according to Holly Wang, an agricultural economist at Purdue University in Indiana.
Read more on: South China Morning Post

James Vercammen, University of British Columbia
Analysts urged to mine more data for more accuracy
By: The Western Producer - June 4, 2020
“Hopefully this paper will inspire agricultural economists to expand their way of thinking and their toolkit when analyzing commodity prices in the midst of various types of global crises,” writes agricultural economist James Vercammen of the University of British Columbia.
Read more on: The Western Producer

Terry Griffin, Kansas State University
Academic research neglects technology
By: The Western Producer - June 4, 2020
“I struggle to find public funding to support my work in precision agriculture,” said Griffin, who has analyzed when new technologies are embraced by farmers and when they make good financial and economic sense.
Read more on: The Western Producer

Uma Lele, Institute of Economic Growth
Sangeeta Bansal, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Health and Nutrition of India’s Labour Force and COVID-19 Challenges
By: Economic & Political Weekly - May 23, 2020
Can the “post-COVID-19 normal” emerge better for India’s food supply and demand management, with a clear goal of zero hunger? Presently contributing one-third of the global undernutrition burden, a daunting challenge that the country must overcome now is of resuming broader based economic growth with a healthy labour force. Given this, India needs a data-driven exit and post-exit strategy from the COVID-19 lockdown that will not only mitigate the immediate food crisis faced by millions of poor households, but also reduce the long-term structural bottlenecks that limit poor households’ access to food.
Read more on: Economic & Political Weekly

David Ortega, Michigan State University
Danielle Ufer, Michigan State University

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology
Unfairness in society matters more than inequality
By: Rochester Business Journal - June 2, 2020
Even though the United States likes to think of itself as an exceptional nation, several aspects of this exceptionalism are completely uninspiring.
Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Webinar to detail USDA coronavirus food assistance program for producers
By: The Grand Island Independent & Boone News-Republican - May 29, 2020
The webinar will present information on commodities covered under the program, payment rates and details on navigating the application process. It will be presented by Cathy Anderson, production and compliance programs chief with the Nebraska FSA. Additional analysis of the program’s impact on Nebraska will be provided by Brad Lubben, extension associate professor and policy specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Read more on: The Grand Island Independent & Boone News-Republican

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