Monday, December 7, 2020

Members in the News: Jefferson-Moore, Ortiz-Bobea, Taheripour, Glauber, Meyer, Tonsor, Lusk, Brown, Meyer, Rahe, Low, Zhang, Hayes, He, et al..

 Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, North Carolina A&T State University

Bill that could help Black farmers reclaim millions of acres 'a step in the right direction'

By: ABC News - November 29, 2020

"Education is key for farmers," Jefferson-Moore added. "If we can ensure that African American farmers are gaining access to information to preserve their hard work and effort, it could change the trajectory of their farming legacies."

Read more on: ABC News

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

Family farmers struggle to keep up with fast-warming world

By: Reuters - November 27, 2020

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, an associate professor at Cornell University researching the historical impacts of climate change on agriculture, pointed to the unusual and brutal 2019 spring floods in the U.S. Midwest that inundated huge swathes of farmland.

Read more on: Reuters

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University

Water scarcity and reduction in crop yield due to climate change could drop GDP by 10% in Middle East

By: Agri-News - November 26, 2020

“The message is clear,” said Farzad Taheripour, professor of agricultural economics and lead researcher on the report. “Unless new and transformative policies for sustainable, efficient and cooperative water management are promoted, water scarcity will negatively impact the region’s economic prospects and undermine its human and natural capital.”

Read more on: Agri-News

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI
Seth Meyer, University of Missouri

Near-Record U.S. Ag Exports Seen with China Back as Top Customer

By: Successful Farming - November 24, 2020

“I think the fact is that China needs soybeans and grain. They have rebuilt their swine population a lot faster than many of us had predicted,” said Joe Glauber of the IFPRI think tank. “The United States has been a big beneficiary, particularly in recent months with problems in the Black Sea (region), the China trade dispute with Australia, and concerns about South American crops.”

Seth Meyer, associate director of the FAPRI think tank, took a cautionary perspective on the forecast of robust sales to China. “The issue remains for me that I don’t know if this is transient demand from China … or have we turned a corner on demand and they start importing?” he said.

Read more on: Successful Farming

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Consumers indicate slow return to dine-in after vaccine

By: Feedstuffs - November 24, 2020

Lusk and Tonsor said this education pattern is broadly repeated for income, with 50% of households earning income of $100,000 or higher planning to slowly return to dine-in meals, while 28% are projected to immediately increase dine-in activity. For consumers with incomes below $100,000, the survey found that 41% will not likely change away-from-home meals, and 43% may slowly have more.

Read more on: Feedstuffs

Scott Brown, University of Missouri

AgriTalk - November 25, 2020

By: AgriTalk - November 25, 2020

Dr. Scott Brown of Mizzou joins us to share his outlook on the pork industry, including challenges and areas of opportunity for 2021.

Read more on: AgriTalk

Seth Meyer, University of Missouri

Market to Market (November 27, 2020)

By: Iowa PBS - November 27, 2020

"I think the answer to that question is varied a lot over the last couple of months, a couple months ago, I just said, well, you know, farm incomes looking a little rough, but government payments offsetting at least a chunk of the cash receipt decline, but now we've seen, we've basically seen prices increasing since mid-August. So this year's looking pretty good. It, a combination of government payments and decent cash receipts. It's looking pretty good. The question is, is how does it look when those cash receipts maybe stabilize and those government payments go away next year?" said Seth Meyer.

Read more on: Iowa PBS

Mallory Rahe, University of Missouri
Sarah Low, University of Missouri

Missouri’s rural communities find ways to thrive

By: Missouri Farmer Today - November 21, 2020

Rahe says for rural communities, the best chance to increase population is to bring back people who grew up there. The top groups looking to do that are retirees and people perhaps looking to start or raise a family.

Low says that while the pandemic has caused problems and challenges for communities, the disruptions and working from home have prompted many people to think about where they want to live. She says the study conducted on behalf of northwest Missouri counties showed this trend.

Read more on: Missouri Farmer Today

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

Soybeans still China's top U.S. ag import

By: Wallaces Farmer - December 1, 2020

“In November, the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report forecasts U.S. soybean production at 4.17 billion bushels in 2020, down 98 million bushels due to lower yields in several major producing states including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Nebraska,” says Wendong Zhang, assistant professor of economics at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.

Zhang and his ISU colleagues Dermot Hayes and Xi He are authors of a new report titled, “China’s Agricultural Imports Under the Phase One Deal: Is Success Possible?” The three ISU economists first wrote the report in May and recently updated their estimate of China’s total U.S. ag imports under the Phase 1 trade deal. Using the most recent data, they estimate China will import just over $31 billion worth of agricultural and related products from the U.S. in the first year of the deal.

Read more on: Wallaces Farmer

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Navigate challenge of 2020 tax preparation

By: Wallaces Farmer - December 2, 2020

Plastina: Consulting with your tax adviser before the end of the year is the right thing to do. There is no one-size-fits-all income tax management strategy. The alternatives to contemplate depend on whether you are a cash-basis or an accrual-basis taxpayer. Prepaying expenses and deferring income from grain sales and crop insurance indemnities are possible alternatives for cash-basis taxpayers, but not for accrual-basis taxpayers.

Zhang: In general, cash rent tracks land values fairly closely. Our research shows, on average, gross cash rent accounts for about 3% of land values. The recent commodity market rallies have further stabilized the land market, and several recent surveys such as the Chicago Fed Ag Credit Survey as of October finds a 2% increase in Iowa land values. Applying the same percentage could meat an extra $5 per acre for your cash rent.

Read more on: Wallaces Farmer

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

COVID-19 pandemic worsening food insecurity

By: Farm and Dairy - November 26, 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 Zoe Plakias, an assistant professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics at the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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 the college.

Read more on: Farm and Dairy

Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee

Could rising farm payments cause trouble ahead?

By: Delta Farm Press - November 25, 2020

“As members of the WTO, and as part of the 1995 WTO agreement, we agreed to disciplines on domestic support to agricultural production that distort international markets,” said Andrew Muhammad, professor of Agricultural Economics and Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. 

Read more on: Delta Farm Press

Bidisha Mandal, Washington State University

Affordable Care Act Has Not Reduced Unnecessary Hospital Visits

By: Pharmacy Times - December 2, 2020

"I was surprised to see that low-income rural residents actually had more insurance gains than urban residents," said Bidisha Mandal, PHD, a professor at Washington State University, in a prepared statement. "But providers just don't have enough incentive to accept new Medicaid patients."

Read more on: Pharmacy Times

Kenneth Burdine, University of Kentucky

UK ag faculty honored for teaching, service

By: The Lane Report - November 23, 2020

Kenny Burdine, Department of Agricultural Economics, received the Mack Whiteker Award given by the Kentucky Association of State Extension Professionals in honor of CAFE alumnus McElwyn “Mack” Whiteker.

Read more on: The Lane Report

Christopher Wolf, Cornell University

Deadline Approaches for Dairy Margin Coverage

By: Lancaster Farming - November 30, 2020

“If I was a dairy farmer, the first thing I would do is sign up for Dairy Margin Coverage at $9.50,” Wolf said. “If you look historically, that $9.50 coverage level is going to pay about two-thirds of the time by months; more than that on an annual basis. It’s the clearly logical place to sign up.”

Read more on: Lancaster Farming

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

Big Ag considers how a Biden administration could reverse four years of Trump’s damaging trade wars

By: NC Policy Watch - November 23, 2020

The big unknown factor, though, is what China wants in return, cautions Seth Meyer, the associate director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. In recent years, China has switched its purchasing patterns to respond to both political and economic developments, but only temporarily, he noted.

“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: NC Policy Watch

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Food Insecurity Doubles in U.S. During Coronavirus Shutdowns

By: The Tennessee Star Fox 28 - December 3, 2020

Experts project over 50 million Americans will be food insecure in 2020, including roughly 17 million children, Craig Gundersen, a Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics professor at the University of Illinois, says.

Read more on: The Tennessee Star Fox 28

Craig Landry, University of Georgia
Dylan Turner, University of Georgia

UGA researchers join flood risk data collective

By: Albany Herald - November 25, 2020

“By partnering with First Street Foundation Flood Lab we can create and share vital data on flood risk that can, among other things, improve homeowners’ understanding of flood risk,” Craig Landry, an environmental economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said.

In addition to Landry, project team members include CAES environmental economist Susana Ferreira and doctoral candidate Dylan Turner in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Brian Bledsoe, a professor in the UGA College of Engineering and Director of the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems at UGA.

Read more on: Albany Herald

Craig Landry, University of Georgia

Planning is key to reducing food waste in American households

By: The Moultrie Observer, Albany Herald, & KPVI - November 27, 2020

Read the full study published by Smith and co-author professor Craig Landry in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics along with a follow-up commentary about progress and challenges in food waste research.

Read more on: The Moultrie ObserverAlbany HeraldKPVI

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Crop revenues increase as prices rebound

By: Columbia Daily Tribune - November 28, 2020

Agricultural commodity markets look a lot different today than they did this summer, and the changes are largely unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prices for corn, soybeans and many other crops are much higher now than they were a few months ago, and the result is an unanticipated rebound in crop revenues.

Read more on: Columbia Daily Tribune

Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University

Extension Viewpoints: CSU leads study promoting food security

By: The Pagosa News - November 27, 2020

“Our five research teams were already involved in mapping and modeling our urban food systems when the pandemic hit,” said CSU Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Becca Jablonski, the report’s corresponding author.

Read more on: The Pagosa News

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Arkansas personal income falls as government payments decline

By: Magnolia Reporter - December 1, 2020

“The report was a bit of a good news/bad news event,” said John Anderson. “Personal income was down in October by 0.65 percent compared to September. September’s personal income estimate was also revised down slightly from last month’s original estimate. The market had anticipated basically flat personal income in October.”

Read more on: Magnolia Reporter

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