Monday, October 19, 2020

Members in the News: Westhoff, Martinez, Maples, Benavidez, Koontz, Lusk, Luckstead, Nayga, Zhang, Hayes, Lubben, Llewelyn, Vassalos, Mark, & Khanna

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Trump Funnels Record Subsidies to Farmers Ahead of Election Day

By: The New York Times - October 12, 2020

“There are both economic and political motivations for these payments,” said Patrick Westhoff, who directs University of Missouri’s agriculture research center.

Read more on: The New York Times

Charles Martinez, University of Tennessee
Joshua Maples, Mississippi State University

Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Jeffrey Luckstead, Washington State University
Rodolfo Nayga, University of Arkansas

Men less likely to see food as national security issue amid pandemic, study finds

By: Science Daily,, & - October 8, 2020

The study was published in the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy by Jeff Luckstead, WSU Assistant Professor in the School of Economic Sciences, and Rodolfo M. Nayga and Heather A. Snell, both at the University of Arkansas.

The gender anomaly notwithstanding, the study found that on average, people did shift their views toward food being a national security issue during the pandemic. They were also more empathetic toward H-2A workers because of the crisis.

Read more on: Science Daily,, &

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

The agricultural industry economics team of Huazhong Agricultural University has made important achievements in the research of the intersection of agricultural economics and machine learning

By: Foodmate Network - October 10, 2020

Professor Xiong Tao from the School of Economics and Management of Huazhong Agricultural University and Professor Shao Yongtong from Tianjin University of Commerce are the co-first authors of the paper, Assistant Professor Zhang Wendong from Iowa State University is the corresponding author, Professor Dermot J. Hayes from Iowa State University and New Mexico, USA Li Minghao, assistant professor at the State University, participated in the research together. 

Read more on: Foodmate Network

Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Richard Llewelyn, Kansas State University

PLC payments for Kansas wheat farmers

By: Morning Ag Clips & Great Bend Post - October 11, 2020

“With the release of the “Agricultural Prices” report by USDA on September 30, the 2019/2020 MYA prices are now final,” reported Rich Llewelyn and Art Barnaby in a publication issued by the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. “The wheat price was finalized last month, at $4.58, with a corresponding PLC payment of $0.92 per bushel. These payments will be received later this month.”

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips & Great Bend Post

Michael Vassalos, Clemson University
Tyler Mark, University of Kentucky

Clemson researcher leads national effort to combat Armillaria root rot

By: SCNow - October 10, 2020

The economics team, led by Michael Vassalos, a Clemson associate professor of agribusiness, will design surveys to help determine economic effects of ARR and impacts that proposed solutions may have in affected regions.

“ARR can have a devastating impact on the profitability of peaches, cherries and almonds,” said Tyler Mark, an agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky who also is on the economics team. “As ARR spreads through an orchard, it reduces the yield and, eventually, it gets to the point the orchard is no longer profitable. If the ARR infection is bad enough, the field may no longer be an acceptable location to replant an orchard.”

Read more on: SCNow

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative launches at U of I

By: The McDonough County Voice - October 9, 2020

“Regenerative agriculture is a promising approach to transforming the agricultural system to make it economically and environmentally sustainable,” says Madhu Khanna, iSEE Interim Director and ACES Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at Illinois. “iSEE is excited to facilitate collaborations between our interdisciplinary research experts and our external partners to advance and apply the science required to realize this promise.”

Read more on: The McDonough County Voice

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