Monday, September 14, 2020

Members in the News: Wang, Gundersen, Anderson, Secchi, Zhang, Sumner, Lopez, Boehm, He, Whitacre, Stefanou, Haggblade, Liang, Ortega.. et al.


Holly Wang, Purdue University

Global Food Security

By: CGTN - September 4, 2020

Read more on: CGTN

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As the need for food aid soars, small Chicago grassroots efforts are stepping up. 'When it was a difficult moment, we made a difference.'

By: Chicago Tribune - August 28, 2020

Food insecurity, when people don’t have enough money to buy the food they need to live a healthy life, is projected to affect a record 54 million in the U.S. this year, up from 37 million pre-pandemic, according to the hunger-relief nonprofit Feeding America and Craig Gundersen, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some fear the need could increase if government assistance fails to come through for those who continue to be out of work because of COVID-19.

Read more on: Chicago Tribune

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Wages, salaries still down as recession continues

By: Talk Business & Politics & Magnolia Reporter - September 9, 2020

“The headline from the report was that personal income increased by 0.4% in July compared to the prior month,” economist John Anderson said. “Most pre-report estimates were calling for a slight decline, so the report was a generally positive surprise for the market. Adding to the positive tone, the increase in personal income was entirely accounted for by an increase in worker compensation as opposed to government transfers.”

Read more on: Talk Business & Politics & Magnolia Reporter

Silvia Secchi, University of Iowa

Iowa Farmers Face Climate-Fueled Destruction, While the Industry Says it’s ‘Just Weather’

By: Civil Eats - September 9, 2020

“Most farmers replied that their coping mechanism was crop insurance,” said Silvia Secchi, an author of the study and a professor researching environmental impact on agriculture at the University of Iowa. “So there’s really not a broader discussion about it. Just look at the last couple of years. There’s no pressure towards making changes to how we manage the landscape. We’re going to spend more and more money to prop up specific crops. Whether it’s crop insurance or disaster payments, we’re spending money on making it worse in the long-term instead of better.”

Read more on: Civil Eats

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Farmers remain loyal to Trump. But some are changing their minds

By: Noticias Telemundo - September 3, 2020

An Iowa State University survey shows that in 2019 more than 56% of corn and soy farmers in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois continued to support Trump despite the low prices they faced from China's retaliation, confident that the situation would improve in the future.

Read more on: Noticias Telemundo

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Farmers’ outlook improves amid pandemic woes

By: Marketplace - September 3, 2020

Government payments to farmers have been critical, and Sumner said the economic downturn pushed some unemployed workers into agriculture, so labor shortages weren’t as bad as some farmers feared. Of course, all of the momentum farmers may be feeling now could evaporate if COVID-19 surges again in the fall or winter.

Read more on: Marketplace

Rigoberto Lopez, University of Connecticut
Rebecca Boehm, Union of Concerned Scientists
Xi He, Iowa State University

A spillover effect: Medicaid expansion leads to healthier dietary choices

By: Medical Xpress - September 8, 2020

UConn Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Rigoberto Lopez, Rebecca Boehm now an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Xi He, now a post-doctoral researcher at the Iowa State University, were interested in investigating the impact on food decisions of Medicaid, a joint federal-state program that helps with medical care for people with limited income or resources. What they found is that, in states that expanded Medicaid coverage to include more people, people's purchasing habits shifted from sugary sodas and other unhealthy beverages to water and other zero-calorie options.

Read more on: Medical Xpress

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University

How rural areas can move beyond the digital divide exposed by Covid-19

By: Silicon Republic - September 4, 2020

The current public health emergency has shown just how critical adequate and affordable broadband infrastructure is for communities and individuals trying to work, access healthcare and attempt to teach kids from home.

Read more on: Silicon Republic

Spiro Stefanou, University of Florida

USDA names new ERS administrator

By: Meat + Poultry & National Hog Farmer  - September 3, 2020

Stefanou has been serving as a professor of Economics at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agriculture. Previously he was a professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State University. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Davis; master's from the University of Maryland; and bachelor's from George Washington University.

Read more on: Meat + Poultry & National Hog Farmer

Steven Haggblade, Michigan State University

Conditions to Feed Africa Amidst Rising Urban Populations – Speakers

By: AgroNigeria - September 8, 2020

In his remarks, retired professor from the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University (MSU), Steve Haggblade, explained that Africa’s urban population was growing at 3.4% per year – the highest in the world.

Read more on: AgroNigeria

Kathleen Liang, North Carolina A&T State University

Pandemic slams NC Piedmont farmers, smaller operations faring better

By: Carolina Public Press - September 8, 2020

“COVID-19 affected farmers. Period,” said Kathleen Liang, professor of sustainable agriculture and the director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro.

“Farmers are very resilient, creative and innovative and adapted to the pandemic.”

Read more on: Carolina Public Press

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Egg Prices Skyrocket During The Pandemic

By: NPR - September 8, 2020

Well, so price gouging really happens when you purposefully set the price of a commodity, you know, significantly above the traditional price level that incorporates costs and other forces.

Read more on: NPR

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin
Jeremy Foltz, University of Wisconsin

Dairy Innovation Hub initiative selects seven new projects for grant funding

By: Wisconsin State Farmer - September 8, 2020

Steven Deller, a professor and extension specialist of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, whose project will study supply chains within the Wisconsin dairy community.

Jeremy Foltz, a professor of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, whose project will study how manure regulations improve water quality.

Read more on: Wisconsin State Farmer

Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University

Texas farmers seeing exports rebound in wake of U.S.-China trade deal

By: My San Antonio - September 4, 2020

China “can’t go back to zero (imports) because no other country can supply what we’re supplying,” said Luis Ribera, an agricultural economist and professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. “We’re going to start to export more grains to China. The main supplier for China of soybeans and corn is Brazil and the U.S., so in the U.S. when we start harvesting in September through January, they’re going to buy a lot of grain from us.”

Read more on: My San Antonio

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Phase one deal: Is the glass half empty or half full?

By: Columbia Daily Tribune - September 5, 2020

The “Phase 1” deal was intended to result in more exports of U.S. farm commodities to China. When people look at the deal midway through the first year of implementation, some see a glass half empty and some see a glass half full.

Read more on: Columbia Daily Tribune

Simanti Banerjee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Julian Alston, University of California, Davis

UNL presenting agronomy and horticulture seminar online

By: The North Platte Telegraph - September 6, 2020

Oct. 23: “Using Economic Experiments to Study Human Behavior under Farmland Conservation Programs,” Simanti Banerjee, associate professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nov. 13: “(Some of) The Economics of Agricultural Innovation,” Julian Alston, distinguished professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics, University of California, Davis.

Read more on: The North Platte Telegraph

Elliot Dennis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Seminar to focus on high risk cattle

By: Fremont Tribune - September 8, 2020

The seminar will be presented on Sept. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., by Elliott Dennis, assistant professor of livestock marketing and risk management in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Read more on: Fremont Tribune

Karen DeLong, University of Tennessee
Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee
Carola Grebitus, Arizona State University

Grant to Help Strengthen and Expand US Beef Export Markets

By: WGNS - September 4, 2020

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Arizona State University have received a grant for $477,131 to examine consumer preferences for U.S. beef and to estimate beef import demand in select countries within Asia, Europe and Latin America. Results from this research will also provide insights regarding economic implications of changes in trade policies and provide information on how the U.S. beef export market can be strengthened.

Read more on: WGNS

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