Monday, March 29, 2021

Members in the News: Sumner, Glauber, Deller, Lusk, Tonsor, Thilmany, Van Tassell, Jansen, Goeringer, Bozic, Roe, Jaenicke, Zhang, et al.

 Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Why New York Legalizing Recreational Cannabis Won't Kill the Illicit Market

By: Forbes - March 19, 2021

California’s legal market generates about $4 billion in annual sales. Dan Sumner, an agricultural economics professor at UC Davis and director of the school’s Agricultural Issues Center, estimates that the illegal market, which composes selling in the state and across the U.S., does about $10 billion in annual sales.

Read more on: Forbes

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

  • U.S. suspends tariffs on UK in goodwill gesture
    By: Agri-Pulse - March 4, 2021
  • Stimulus aid could go to broadband
    By: Agri-Pulse - March 5, 2021

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin

Why some inflation measurements don’t include food and energy prices

By: Marketplace - March 18, 2021

So how is inflation even measured? Well, “there’s as many measures of inflation as there are economists studying it,” said Steven Deller, a professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But the inflation rates we hear about most often do include health care, energy and food. Economists will sometimes look at a number called “core” inflation that takes out food and energy prices because they can fluctuate quite a bit.

Read more on: Marketplace

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Diversification: What Comes After Corn and Soybeans?

By: Farm Journal - March 22, 2021

In an hour-long presentation all about the why and how to diversify farm income on March 11 (video and full slides are available here), Lusk advocates for starting small and growing from there.

Read more on: Farm Journal

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

More Shoppers Are Buying Meat Alternatives, But Some Are Still Concerned About Taste And Texture

By: Harvest Public Media & WVIK - March 24, 2021

“Somebody who still is open to consuming meat products, so beef, pork, chicken and the like, but maybe not with every meal,” says Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University.

Grocery store sales of refrigerated meat alternatives have increased more than 100% and frozen products 40% in May 2020 compared to the same time in 2019, says Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Purdue University. 

Read more on: Harvest Public Media & WVIK

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

COVID-19 expanded the direct-sales market

By: Western Farmer-Stockman - March 1, 2021

In 2020, many producers saw a 30% to 50% increase in their direct food sales over 2019. Farmers that offer pick-your-own experiences recorded a 20% increase in customer activity. Dawn Thilmany, a Colorado State University ag economics professor and co-director of the Regional Economics Development Institute, says the main challenge is the increased unpredictability of the direct market.

Read more on: Western Farmer-Stockham

Larry Van Tassell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

IANR establishes new Center for Agricultural Profitability

By: Nebraska Farmer - March 23, 2021

“The complex problems faced by agriculture today cannot be solved by isolated disciplines,” says Larry Van Tassell, UNL agriculture economics department head. “A holistic, systems approach is needed to address the profitability of agriculture. While feasibility and profitability of agriculture innovations have always been important, the increasing complexity of the agribusiness environment requires a holistic approach to problems. The center will unite faculty from various disciplines to engage with faculty from the department of agriculture economics.”

Read more on: Nebraska Farmer

Jim Jansen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska Ag Land Values Increase for 2nd Consecutive Year

By: AgFax - March 24, 2021

“During periods of economic uncertainty, monitoring Nebraska farm and ranch real estate remains important to understanding how financial forces are impacting agricultural land markets across the state,” said Jim Jansen, an extension educator who co-authored the survey and report with Jeffrey Stokes, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Read more on: AgFax

Paul Goeringer, University of Maryland

  • Judge orders MDE to regulate ammonia emissions
    By: The Delmarva Farmer - March 19, 2021
  • Farm or Solar Farm? A Fight Over Land Use Roils Montgomery County
    By: DCist - February 17, 2021

Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota

What to know about FMMOs and PPDs

By: Dairy Stream - March 17, 2021

As requested from our listeners, Dairy Stream dove into the topic of Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs) and Producer Price Differentials (PPDs). Mike Austin talks with Dr. Marin Bozic, assistant professor in dairy foods marketing economics at the University of Minnesota, about the usefulness of FMMOs, the causes of negative PPDs and how to solve issues related to pricing in the future. Thank you to Compeer Financial for sponsoring this podcast.  

Read more on: Dairy Stream

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
Edward Jaenicke, Pennsylvania State University

You waste more than $1,000 of food a year. Chew on that

By: Los Angeles Times - March 23, 2021

“The consumer isn’t presented a bill every time they throw some food away, making it more difficult for consumers to link actions to personal monetary losses,” noted Brian Roe, a professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics at Ohio State University.

Edward Jaenicke, a professor of agricultural economics at Penn State, told me his research concluded that the average U.S. household tosses more than $1,800 worth of food into the trash each year — a figure not far off from Conrad’s $3.50-a-day estimate, which translates to nearly $1,300 annually.

Read more on: Los Angeles Times

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

  • Monday (3/22) Farm News
    By: KICD - March 25, 2021
  • Farmland values rise in every county in Northwest Iowa
    By: Sioux City Journal - March 21, 2021

Vincent Smith, Montana State University

EGT plans for MonDak, economic recovery's impact on agriculture topics for final MonDak Ag Research Summit webinar

By: Williston Herald Media - March 18, 2021

Giving the keynote speech at the seminar is Montana State University Ag Economic expert Dr. Vincent Smith, an internationally recognized expert on agriculture and international trade policy. Following him will be EGT Elevator Manager Gordon Holt, who will discuss EGT’s plans for the MonDak region.

Read more on: Williston Herald Media

Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin

Our agriculture economy: Looking back and at 2021

By: Kenosha News - March 20, 2021

Paul Mitchell, UW-Madison ag economist and director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute reviewed 2020’s impact on farm income, which could have been a sad story were it not for government programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that supported farmers while simultaneously ensuring farm products reached food banks.

Read more on: Kenosha News

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Agricultural markets still face uncertainty

By: Herald-Whig - March 21, 2021

"The COVID-19 pandemic upended agricultural markets, contributing to a dismal outlook for the farm economy in the spring and summer of 2020," said Patrick Westhoff, FAPRI director and Howard Cowden Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Read more on: Herald-Whig

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The pandemic recession has pushed a further 9.8 million Americans into food insecurity

By: Lake County News - March 21, 2021

To project what has happened to food insecurity under the pandemic, colleagues at Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks, and I used a model underlying the nonprofit’s Map the Meal Gap study. In particular, it looks at how changes in poverty and unemployment at a local level influenced food insecurity.

Read more on: Lake County News


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