Monday, July 13, 2020

Members in the News: Anderson, Lusk, Barrett, Richards, David, Fortenbery, Mintert, Irwin, Hubbs, Wesseler, Zilberman, Sumner, Sheldon... et al.

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Chris Barrett, Cornell University
Chris Barrett Discusses the Ways Research Can Inform Agricultural Policy
By: Food Tank - May, 2020
Chris Barrett, professor at Cornell University, discusses his how his economic research can help reduce malnutrition and poverty.
Read more on: Food Tank

John Anderson, University of Arkansas
Timothy Richards, Arizona State University
Alison David, University of Kentucky
Commodity prices to remain under pressure in wake of COVID-19, economists say
By: Capital Press - July 3, 2020
The effects of COVID-19 will likely keep farm prices under pressure for the entire 2020-21 marketing year, agricultural economists say.
Read more on: Capital Press

Randy Fortenbery, Washington State University
WSU economist: Other factors overshadow trade deals
By: Capital Press - July 7, 2020
"Wheat prices aren't as attractive as some folks thought they might be if all the trade frictions were eliminated, but we have world-record stocks (and) we've had some fluctuations in exchange rates that affect how we can and can't move product," said Randy Fortenbery, small grains economist for Washington State University.
Read more on: Capital Press

James Mintert, Purdue University
Farmer sentiment rebounds amidst ongoing COVID-19 concerns
By: CRWE World, Agenparl, & The Barn - July 7, 2020
"This month's survey was conducted after the USDA announced details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)," said James Mintert, the barometer's principal investigator and director of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture. "A more favorable spring planting season combined with assistance from CFAP help explain this month's improvement in farmer sentiment, yet a majority of producers believe additional economic assistance will be needed in 2020."
Read more on: CRWE World, Agenparl, & The Barn

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Understanding the WAOB Crop Weather Model for Corn
By: - July 3, 2020
One of the key early assessments of the U.S. average corn yield is the projection made by the USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB). Since 1993, those projections have been used in the May, June, and July WASDE reports to make supply, ending stocks, and price projections for the upcoming marketing year. While it is clear that the WAOB yield forecasts are perceived by market participants as containing important new information, these forecasts appear to be poorly understood by many and often confused with later forecasts released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA. The purpose of today’s article is to describe the crop weather model that the WAOB uses to make corn yield forecasts and demonstrate specifically how the 2020 forecasts were generated.
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Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University
David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
Imagining A Post-COVID-19 Future with the Bioeconomy
By: Science X - July 3, 2020
On July 10, the BioMonitor project in partnership with the ICABR will have its first webinar which discusses the prominent role of the bioeconomy in the post-COVID-10 economic recovery actions.

The speakers in this webinar are the following:
  • Justus Wesseler, Professor and Chair in Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy at Wageningen University (NL)
  • David Zilberman , Professor and Robinson Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley (U.S.)
Read more on: Science X

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Is the Food Supply Chain Strong Enough To Endure COVID-19?
By: Technology Networks - June 30, 2020
“If the disease was in one group of (meat processing workers), you would try and isolate them, close the plant to clean everything up and begin to reopen as it stabilizes,” said Sumner. “But when you re-open you’re running lines more slowly. There’s fewer people on the line and they’ll be further apart. That means (the meat) will be a little more expensive for us as consumers, and maybe less of it.”
Read more on: Technology Networks

Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University
Agricultural exports doing relatively well
By: Morning Ag Clips, Ohio Ag Connection, The NBXpress, Ohio's County Journal, & The Bryan Times - July 2, 2020
Exports of U.S. agricultural goods, including soybeans, which are Ohio’s top agricultural export, are up, Sheldon said. By the start of June, the amount of U.S. soybeans exported was 200,000 tons higher than it was for the same period in 2019.

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
MI’s medical chief on reopening risks; farming morels: systemic racism in health care
By: Michigan Radio - July 6, 2020
“I think there is potentially a demand there. But as I say, the big challenge right now is finding ways to grow them under cultivated conditions with good enough yields that it is worthwhile for farmers to give it a try,” says Scott Swinton.
Read more on: Michigan Radio

Ellen Goddard, University of Alberta
Five ways COVID-19 will change the food business
By: Troy Media & Calgary's Business - July 5, 2020
“The ‘new normal’ is unlikely to be the same for retail and food service as life was in January of 2020,” when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Canada, said Ellen Goddard, a University of Alberta food economist.
Read more on: Troy Media & Calgary's Business

Uma Lele, Institute of Economic Growth
Two agricultural experts from India named by UN chief to scientific group for 2021 food summit
By: The Earth News, The Tribune, NorthEast Today, & Deccan Herald - July 1, 2020
Two eminent agricultural experts hailing from India have been named members of an international scientific group, aimed to offer foremost scientific evidence for sustainable food systems, established by UN chief Antonio Guterres ahead of a global food summit next year.

Prof. Rattan Lal of Ohio State University and Dr. Uma Lele of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) are among the Scientific Group Members named by Guterres, a statement issued by the UN spokesperson said.
Read more on: The Earth News, The Tribune, NorthEast Today, & Deccan Herald

Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University
Meat shortages reopen a path to smaller slaughterhouses
By: Star Tribune - July 4, 2020
Large plants can typically operate for $100 less per head than smaller operators, and those costs are taken out of farmer profits, said Stephen Koontz, a professor at Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences who's studied the economics of packing plants. If farmers are paid less, they typically shrink the size of their herds which results in higher meat prices for consumers, he said.
Read more on: Star Tribune

Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University
International trade deal impacts Texas Panhandle farmers
By: KFDA Newswatch 10 - July 6, 2020
“We are such a low cost provider of beef, that us being able to produce beef and export that product to Mexico, Canada and other countries results in a net higher price for our live cattle and beef here in the United States,” said Justin Benavidez, assistant professor of agricultural economics with the Texas A&M AGRILIFE Extension Service.
Read more on: KFDA Newswatch 10

Larry Deboer, Purdue University
A ticking time bomb on revenue
By: Daily Reporter - June 29, 2020
Indiana school districts were relieved when the governor announced that the state would not be cutting aid in the coming fiscal year. With the COVID recession, state sales tax revenues were 15% below forecast in both April and May, and income tax revenues were down more. State agencies and universities had been told to reduce their budgets. But the state will find a way to maintain state aid to schools through mid-2021.
Read more on: Daily Reporter

Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Extension to host webinar on forage production risk on Thursday
By: KRVN - July 1, 2020
“Insurance Tools for Managing Forage Production Risk” will be presented on Thursday at noon, by Jay Parsons, an extension farm and ranch management specialist and professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. It is part of a weekly webinar series produced by the department’s extension Farm and Ranch Management team.
Read more on: KRVN

Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Ag Sees Some Opportunity in Loss and Chaos With Montana Beef Market
By: Yellowstone Public Stone - June 25, 2020
"I do think there's a growing consumer base who would demand or who would prefer local product," Montana State University Agricultural Economist Eric Belasco says. "You know, they tend to be higher income earners, people who are traveling, whether they want to spend a little bit more on their product, if it's locally grown. I think that's fine. But you know, that's not the typical American consumer. I think the typical American consumer wants a low price, high quality beef product."
Read more on: Yellowstone Public Radio

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
Jeffrey Dorfman, University of Georgia
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
John Anderson, University of Arkansas
Alison Davis, University of Kentucky
Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Allen Featherstone, Kansas State University
Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sarah Low, University of Missouri
Josh Maples, Mississippi State University
Jill McCluskey, Washington State University
Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Rodolfo Nayga, University of Arkansas
Timothy Richards, Arizona State University
Bradley Rickard, Cornell University
Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Norbert Wilson, Tufts University

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