Monday, January 18, 2021

Members in the News: Jekanowski, Parks, Kafle, Bir, Moffette, Alix-Garcia, Charlton, Lusk, DeBoer, Schnitkey, et al.

 Mark Jekanowski, USDA - Office of the Chief Economist

Highest Corn and Soybean Prices Since Commodity Boom, Says USDA

By: Successful Farming - January 13, 2021

“They gave us a pretty large reduction in corn production that really tightened up our supply,” said Mark Jekanowski, chairman of the USDA panel that forecasts U.S. commodity consumption, prices, and reserves. The USDA estimate of the corn crop was 325 million bushels smaller than a month ago. Jekanowski spoke to USDA’s radio news service.

Read more on: Successful Farming

Alfred Parks, Prairie View A&M University

Parks Named Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 2021 Fellow

By: News Break - January 11, 2021

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences Interim Executive Associate Director of Research and Interim Farm Director Alfred L. Parks, Ph.D., has been named a 2021 Fellow by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association — the organization’s most prestigious honor.

Read more on: News Break

Kashi Kafle, International Water Management Institute

‘In South Asia, marginal farmers are disproportionately affected by climate change’

By: South Asia Time - December 16, 2020

Dr. Kashi Kafle is an economist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – a CGIAR research consortium based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His research investigates the linkage between small-scale agriculture, irrigation, climate change, and poverty in South Asia, Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. Kashi holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois, USA, and previously worked with the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Read more on: South Asia Time

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Dairy product purchasing differs in households with and without children

By: Dairy Industries - January 12, 2021

“Future studies can build on this work by evaluating whether there is a spillover effect from purchasing specifically for children and the general dairy and protein product purchasing habits of those households,” said Dr Courtney Bir, PhD, coauthor of the study and assistant professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA.

Read more on: Dairy Industries

Fanny Moffette, University of Wisconsin
Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Oregon State University

  • Satellite alters seen helping fight deforestation in Africa
    By: Thomson Reuters Foundation British Herald - January 4, 2021
  • In Africa, satellites are watching, deforestation is slowing
    By: Le Parisien - January 8, 2021
  • Alert System Shows Potential For Reducing Deforestation, Mitigating Climate Change
    By: Science Blog & Science Daily - January 4, 2021
  • Research Shows That GLAD Subscription Is Leading to Decreased Deforestation 
    By: Space in Africa - January 5, 2021
  • Subscription to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa
    By: - January 4, 2021

Diane Charlton, Montana State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

COVID-19 Risk & Unemployment Rates Lower Number Of Migrant Workers

By: Tri States Public Radio - January 13, 2021

High unemployment rates decrease the demand for H-2A workers. Diane Charlton, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, says a 1% increase in a state’s unemployment rate is associated with a 5% decrease in demand for H-2A workers.

Jayson Lusk, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, says areas with farmworkers were hit harder by the coronavirus. He says COVID-19 could continue to affect migrant farmworkers this year. 

Read more on: Tri States Public Radio

Larry DeBoer, Purdue University

Governor’s budget proposal increases spending on schools and broadband, but critics want more for teachers

By: The Statehouse File - January 13, 2021

“The increases that we saw actually were not bad at all considering the recession that we were coming out of,” DeBoer said. “Most forecasters, including the economic forecast that was the basis of our revenue forecast, are looking pretty optimistic starting in the second half of 2021.”

Read more on: The Statehouse File

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University

Cost Management: Interest Rates & Refinancing

By: - January 13, 2021

An increase in cash prices for corn and soybeans brightens the outlook for Illinois farm income in 2021, but continued uncertainty in the economy and market factors means careful farm budgeting is still important. As always, cost management is key on farms.

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Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Nick Paulson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University

Report: Corn Belt produces highest yields for corn and soybeans

By: Wisconsin State Farmer - January 8, 2021

Corn and soybean yields spread across a five year window from 2015 to 2019 gathered from Crop Reporting Districts (CRDs) in the Midwest varied from state to state. The report also looked at corn-to-soybean yield ratios.

Read more on: Wisconsin State Farmer

Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University

Where are we going with U.S. and global trade?

By: Ohio's Country Journal - January 12, 2021

Agricultural trade was the topic of the first in a series of winter outlook meetings hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University’s College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES). Dr. Ian Sheldon, Ohio State’s Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy, led the discussion examining the effects of the pandemic on global trade and U.S. agricultural trade, including an evaluation of the Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China.

Read more on: Ohio's Country Journal

Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University
William Ridley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Texas Tech Researcher Examines COVID-19 Impact on Fruit and Vegetable Production

By: The Katy News - January 13, 2021

In a new report from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association titled “The Effects of COVID-19 on Fruit and Vegetable Production,” Stephen Devadoss, the Emabeth Thompson Endowed Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech, and William Ridley from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explored COVID-19’s effects on fruit and vegetable production in light of the ongoing and widespread proliferation of the pandemic in the farm labor force.

Read more on: The Katy News

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