Monday, March 15, 2021

Members in the News: Lusk, Gundersen, Zhang, Schmidt, Goetz, Ribera, Waller, Zapata, Anderson, Benavidez, Palma, Fischer, James, Segovia, et al.

 Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Clinics wait to vaccinate farmworkers: 'Our hands are tied'

By: ABC News, Los Angeles Times, & WJTV - March 10, 2021

An estimated 9,000 agricultural workers in the U.S. have died of COVID-19, said Jayson Lusk, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. Nearly a half-million have been infected, according to a Purdue estimate, with the highest numbers in Texas, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida and Minnesota.

Read more on: ABC NewsLos Angeles Times, & WJTV

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

One Year Later Feeding America asks America "How Many Facing Hunger it too Many?"

By: Feeding America - March 9, 2021

To understand how COVID-19 has impacted the need for food in the United States, Feeding America in partnership with Dr. Craig Gundersen leveraged their annual Map the Meal Gap study, which estimated local food insecurity, to predict food insecurity using projected changes to variables in that model—namely annualized poverty rates and unemployment rates.

Read more on: Feeding America

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

A Kernel of Hope

By: The Wire China - March 7, 2021

In the treacherous trade relationship between the United States and China, there has been one kernel of hope: corn.  During the past year, corn exports to China have reached record levels. In the last four months of 2020 alone, the U.S. shipped 124 million bushels of corn to China, up from less than one million in the same period in 2019. 

Read more on: The Wire China

Claudia Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University
Stephan Goetz, Pennsylvania State University

Study shows importance & unique characteristics of female farmers

By: AgDaily & My Aim Report - March 5, 2021

“This type of research is needed not just for reasons of equity, but also to support a more diverse and resilient agricultural sector in general,” said Schmidt. “Without knowing more about female farm-operators’ decision making, agricultural service providers have had to make assumptions about the type of information and products that are useful to them. Our analysis shows some of the ways in which female-owned farms are unique and it can offer important insights into how best to serve this population.”

“We wanted to understand why women are drawn to farming,” said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. “Is it because they want to engage in this kind of work, or is it because they are pushed into farming due to a lack of other economic opportunities locally? We also wanted to examine how local agricultural conditions — what farming generally looks like in a given place — relate to women’s participation in agriculture.”

Read more on: AgDaily & My Aim Report

Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
Mark Waller, Texas A&M University

Freeze Damage Update on Texas Citrus

By: Citrus Industry - March 5, 2021

Luis Ribera, AgriLife Extension economist, said citrus producers in the Rio Grande Valley lost virtually all of their Valencia orange crop and more than 60% of their grapefruit crop. “Even more citrus crops would have been lost had many not been harvested before the storm,” he said.

“There are still many as yet unknown and lingering effects of Winter Storm Uri,” said Mark Waller, associate head of Texas A&M University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. “What we can say is these figures are conservative, and we expect more losses as a long-term effect of this disaster.”

Read more on: Citrus Industry

Mark Waller, Texas A&M University
Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
Samuel Zapata, Texas A&M University
David Anderson, Texas A&M University
Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University
Marco Palma, Texas A&M University
Bart Fischer, Texas A&M University

Texas: Ag Losses from Arctic Storm Exceed $600Mln

By: AgFax, Growing Produce, & Aberdeen News - March 4, 2021

A winter storm which blasted through all of Texas caused at least $600 million in agricultural losses, according to preliminary data from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economists.

Read more on: AgFaxGrowing Produce& Aberdeen News

Mark Waller, Texas A&M University

  • Unprecedented Texas deep freeze results in 600 million dollar crop loss
    By: The Watchers - March 10, 2021
  • Texas farmers still recovering from winter storm, state recording over half a billion dollar loss
    By: News Channel 6 - March 8, 2021

Harvey James, University of Missouri
Michelle Segovia, University of Missouri

Unconscious biases can drive foodborne illness outbreaks, researchers find

By: Medical XpressBioengineer, & New Food Magazine - March 9, 2021

"Unethical behavior isn't always intentional; conflicts of interest and other unconscious motivations can lead people to behave in ways that help outbreaks emerge and spread," said Harvey James, associate director of the division of applied social sciences and a professor of agricultural and applied economics in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).

James and Michelle Segovia, an assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in CAFNR, were eager to apply the science of behavioral ethics to the field of food safety.

Read more on: Medical XpressBioengineer, & New Food Magazine

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Beef still consumers’ top choice for burgers

By: Missouri Ruralist - March 5, 2021

Researchers compared consumption of beef to plant-based protein alternatives and found consumers of both will pay more to support their lifestyle choice.

Read more on: Missouri Ruralist

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M University
Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University
Steven Klose, Texas A&M University

New hemp series addresses economic, legal considerations in Texas

By: Southwest Farm Press - March 10, 2021

A series of short video presentations addressing major issues facing Texas hemp producers is now available. The free series, "Economic and Legal Considerations for Production in Texas," addresses issues pertinent to producers considering adding hemp to their operation. 

Read more on: Southwest Farm Press

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

January saving, spending on rise

By: Arkansas Democrat Gazette - March 5, 2021

"This is quite a large change from one month to another, and it primarily reflects the impact of relief payments to households authorized under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which went into effect two days after Christmas," said economist John Anderson. "Government social benefits increased by more than 50% in January compared to the prior month."

Read more on: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University

COVID-19 exposes lack of internet service in rural areas

By: The Norman Transcript - March 7, 2021

Oklahoma lags behind the national average in terms of overall broadband availability, said Brian Whitacre, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. His research focuses on the issue of broadband access and usage. He also serves on the state’s rural broadband expansion council.

Read more on: The Norman Transcript

Vincent Smith, Montana State University

Growing season weather outlook focus of March 11 Ag Research Summit webinar

By: Sidney Herald - March 8, 2021

The concluding webinar and keynote presentation for the 2021 MonDak Ag Research Summit webinar series is: 
March 25: Whither agricultural policy in 2023 and beyond? - Dr. Vincent Smith, Professor, Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University-Bozeman.

Read more on: Sidney Herald

Christopher Clark, University of Tennessee

Ag economics leader recognized

By: News-Herald - March 10, 2021

“David Bilderback has been a leader in agricultural economics leader throughout his career, making a difference in the lives of many farm families,” Chris Clark, UT Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics head, said in a news release. “His ability has been proven by performances, and his contributions in 2019-20 were truly outstanding.”

Read more on: News-Herald

James Mintert, Purdue University
Nathanael Thompson, Purdue University

Free corn and soybean outlook webinar

By: WBIW - March 4, 2021

“With planting season around the corner, this webinar will discuss updated supply and demand information from the USDA reports for the 2020 crop year, as well as take a look at what might be in store for 2021,” said James Mintert, professor and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture. “Michael Langemeier, Nathanael Thompson and I will also update what’s taking place with respect to corn and soybean exports, ethanol demand, corn and soybean basis and farm income projections.”

Read more on: WBIW

Michael Carter, University of California, Davis
Elinor Benami, Virginia Tech

Can Digital Savings, Credit, and Insurance Reshape Rural Microfinance?

By: WBOC, The Punxsutawney Spirit, The Evening Leader, AM News, The Mammoth Times, The Antlers American, The Valley City Times Record, The Inyo Register, The Post & Mail, My Mother Lode, The Saline Courier, Starkville Daily News, Decatur Daily Democrat, Daily Times Leader, The Observer News Enterprise, The Kane Republican, The Community Post, The Pilot News, NewsOK, The Luxury Chronicle, News Blaze, The One News Page, Magazines Today, Seed Daily, Next Wave Group, & The Borger News-Herald - March 9, 2021

In the new article "Can digital technologies reshape rural microfinance? Implications for savings, credit, & insurance" Michael Carter, the director of the Innovation Lab on Markets, Risk, and Resilience and professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department of the University of California, Davis, and Elinor Benami, an assistant professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, take a step back and review the evidence on whether digital technologies like mobile phones and satellites are now and can ever fulfill the financial landscape for the better.

Read more on: WBOCThe Punxsutawney Spirit, The Evening Leader, AM News, The Mammoth Times, The Antlers American, The Valley City Times Record, The Inyo Register, The Post & Mail, My Mother Lode, The Saline Courier, Starkville Daily News, Decatur Daily Democrat, Daily Times Leader, The Observer News Enterprise, The Kane Republican, The Community Post, The Pilot News, NewsOK, The Luxury Chronicle, News Blaze, The One News Page, Magazines Today, Seed Daily, Next Wave Group, & The Borger News-Herald 


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