Monday, June 15, 2020

Members in the News: Walters, Heng, House, Kumar, Reardon, Mishra, Nuthalapati, Bellemare, Zilberman, Bekkerman, Lusk, Carter, Schaefer... et al.

Cory Walters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Unforeseen events and farm survival
By: Nebraska Farmer - June 5, 2020
While it can be stressful and unhealthy to focus on things you can't control, there are things you can control. For example, Walters emphasizes things such as equipment costs and production costs. While it may be easy to see these costs as necessary expenses, that's not always the case, he says. And controlling these variables can lead to farm survival in the wake of unseen events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more on: Nebraska Farmer

Yan Heng, University of Florida
Lisa House, University of Florida
Consumer Response to OJ During COVID-19
By: Citrus Industry - June 12, 2020
Yan Heng, Marisa Zansler and Lisa House have authored a new study on consumer response to orange juice (OJ) during the COVID-19 outbreak. Heng is a research assistant scientist and House is a professor, both with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Food and Resource Economics Department. Zansler is the director of the Economic and Market Research Department at the Florida Department of Citrus.
Read more on: Citrus Industry

Anjani Kumar, IFPRI
PM-KISAN and the Adoption of Modern Agricultural Technologies
By: Economic & Political Weekly - June 6, 2020
The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme aims to provide income support to farmers for easing their liquidity needs to facilitate timely access to inputs. This study, based on 1,406 farmers of Uttar Pradesh, uses a binary choice model to examine the targeting accuracy and correlates of the spending pattern of farmers.
Read more on: Economic & Political Weekly

Thomas Reardon, Michigan State University
Ashok Mishra, Arizona State University
Chandra S.R. Nuthalapati, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Marc F. Bellemare, 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 has created high transaction costs and uncertainty in India’s transformed food supply chains, putting food security at risk as 92% of food consumption in India is purchased, predominantly from the private sector. Government faces the challenge of marshalling resources between mitigating the impending food crisis and containing the contagion as the risk of sociopolitical tensions looms large. It is recommended that the government concentrate on sustaining the food supply chains towards eventual rebound, recognising that government food distribution cannot replace even a tenth of the market.
Read more on: Economic & Political Weekly

Anton Bekkerman, Montana State University
New director for agricultural experiment station at UNH
By: Hortidaily - June 8, 2020
Dr. Anton Bekkerman, associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and associate professor of economics at Montana State University, has been named the next director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) and associate dean in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) at the University of New Hampshire.
Read more on: Hortidaily

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Colin Carter, University of California, Davis
K. Aleks Schaefer, Michigan State University
Daniel Scheitrum, University of Arizona
Fast and furious: An update on Colorado legislation
By: The Fence Post - June 5, 2020
A similar bill in California that mandates additional space per hen has affected egg prices nationwide, according to a paper entitled “Piecemeal Farm Regulation and the U.S. Commerce Clause." According to Jayson Lusk, a Purdue agriculture economist, attorneys general from other states have, on several occasions, sued the state of California on the basis that they violated the U.S. Interstate Commerce Clause. Lusk said the suits failed, not necessarily based upon the merit but rather because the attorneys general lack what he calls the “standing” of being egg producers. The authors of the paper, Colin Carter, Aleks Schaefer and Daniel Scheitrum, said the current food movement in America “has generated piecemeal state laws that — in effect (and possibly by design) — influence how farms in other states operate.”
Read more on: The Fence Post

Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University
What rebound? North Dakota in economic crunch as virus batters oil, agriculture
By: WKZO - June 12, 2020
The impact from the downturn will be more acutely felt once harvesting begins in late summer and farmers are unable to turn a profit on grain sales, said Frayne Olson, an agricultural economist at North Dakota State University.
Read more on: WKZO

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Dashboard calculates supply risk from COVID-19
By: KMA Land & Jackson Progress-Argus - June 9, 2020
The tool was designed to help detect if and when a problem emerges, said Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and department head of agricultural economics at Purdue and a collaborator on the index.
Read more on: KMA Land & Jackson Progress-Argus

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