Monday, November 30, 2020

Members in the News: Gundersen, Taheripour, Zhang, Orazem, Gustafson, Sumner, Meyer, Beghin, Plakias, Brown, Hahn, Sheldon, Funk, Lusk, He, & Hayes

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University

Ethanol Back in the Game

By: Seed World - November 17, 2020

Farzad Taheripour, research associate professor in the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University, notes that the biggest factor into the decline in demand for ethanol production this year was certainly COVID-19. 

Read more on: Seed World

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Asian Pacific Countries Sign Major Trade Deal Without The U.S.

By: Harvest Public Media - November 20, 2020

“I think this definitely should trigger more discussions and nudges for the future Biden administration to consider rejoining [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] and accelerating negotiations with Europe,” said Wendong Zhang, an economics professor at Iowa State University.

Read more on: Harvest Public Media

Peter Orazem, Iowa State University

Certain rural towns attract new business

By: Agri-View - November 20, 2020

A new study led by Iowa State University examines data collected through two decades on 98 small Iowa towns that don’t share a border with a metropolitan city. The study examines factors that encourage or discourage entry by new companies in the towns. It also suggests policy implications for addressing economic distress.

Read more on: Agri-View

Christopher Gustafson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Study concludes Americans self-diagnose to adopt gluten-free diets

By: Medical Xpress & KRVN - November 21, 2020

"One of the implications of going gluten-free is that you are probably going to end up with a diet that is less rich in whole grains," said Christopher Gustafson, an associate professor of agricultural economics who studies behavioral economics.

Read more on: Medical Express & KRVN

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

UC ANR Scientists Receive State Cannabis Research Grants

By: Morning Ag Clips, Cannabis Product News, & Sierra Sun Times - November 22, 2020

Cannabis industry: Assessment of the location, structure, function, and demographics of licensed cannabis, focusing on geographical price differences, and differential impacts of local Prop 64-related regulations on the competitiveness of licensed businesses – Daniel Sumner, UC Davis professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center, $726,816

Read more on: Morning Ag ClipsCannabis Product News& Sierra Sun Times

Seth Meyer, University of Missouri
John Beghin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Farmers in Pa., elsewhere likely to see more multinational trade deals crafted in Biden administration

By: Pennsylvania Capital-Star - November 22, 2020

The big unknown factor, though, is what China wants, cautions Seth Meyer, the associate director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri.

“It’s like entropy applied to economics and politics,” said John Beghin, an agricultural economist and faculty member of the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “It takes time to build things, but it doesn’t take much time to destroy them or to get out of them.”

Read more on: Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Zoë Plakias, The Ohio State University
Benjamin Brown, The Ohio State University
William Hahn, USDA-Economic Research Service

2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference highlights – Day 4

By: Ohio's Country Journal - November 20, 2020

The 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference concluded with topics focused on consumer demand and commodity outlooks. Zoe Plakias, Assistant Professor in Agriculture and Food Economics, presented an outlook on consumer demand heading into 2021.

Ben Brown, assistant professor of Professional Practice in Agricultural Risk Management gave an outlook on commodity markets.

William Hahn, agricultural economist with the USDA, ERS presented his forecast for meat supply and demand.

Read more on: Ohio's Country Journal

Zoë Plakias, The Ohio State University
Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University

Pandemic worsening food insecurity

By: Ohio's Country Journal - November 23, 2020

Grocery store food prices have gone up only about 5% since January 2019, but with so many people out of work, food banks have seen a surge in demand, said Zoë Plakias, an assistant professor of agricultural, environmental, and development economics at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

By the end of 2020, an estimated 270 million people worldwide are expected to be food insecure, according to estimates from The United Nation’s World Food Program. That’s an 82% increase compared to the level of food insecurity before the pandemic began, said Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economics professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade, and Policy at CFAES. 

Read more on: Ohio's Country Journal

Sam Funk, Iowa Farm Bureau

Cost of traditional Thanksgiving meal this year falls to less than $5 per person, Farm Bureau says

By: Des Moines Register - November 23, 2020

"Something to be thankful for is all the people who, from gate to plate, have worked endlessly to bring food and necessities for our families," said Funk, the bureau's director of agriculture analytics and research.

Read more on: Des Moines Register

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Thanksgiving may be smaller this year, but the cost of holiday staples is rising

By: WBBM NewsradioTristate, & WPTA21 - November 21, 2020

“While many of the food prices have come back down off the spikes in late spring and early summer, retail food prices remain significantly higher now than at the same time last year," said Prof. Jayson Lusk, the head of Purdue's agricultural economics department. "In October (the last data available), prices of food at grocery stores were 4 percent higher than the same time last year.

Read more on: WBBM Newsradio, Tristate, & WPTA21 

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Xi He, Iowa State University
Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Seth Meyer, University of Missouri

Deal bodes well for N.C. farmers

By: Chatham News + Record - November 19, 2020

As heated election rhetoric cast dark clouds over U.S.-China relations, a silver lining is emerging for North Carolina farmers.

If you have any doubts something historic is happening, get this: U.S. farmers are selling rice to China, the world’s largest rice producer.

Read more on: Chatham News + Record

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

ISU Expert: New Opportunities for Agricultural Trade with China

By: KIWA Radio - November 22, 2020

Trade relations with China continue to be one of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural markets, and an economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says recent events point toward opportunity for both countries.

Read more on: KIWA Radio

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