Monday, April 5, 2021

Members in the News: Ricker-Gilbert, Westhoff, Deller, Batabyal, Jansen, Lubben, Walters, Dall’erba, Roe, Jaenicke, et al.

 Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Purdue University

New problems arise for crop storage as planet gets warmer

By: ABC News & The Washington Post - March 26, 2021

“When people are getting production off just an acre or two of land, their margin for error is very low,” said Jake Ricker-Gilbert, a Purdue University agricultural economist who has worked in several African nations including Malawi and Tanzania.

Read more on: ABC News & The Washington Post

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

U.S. farm income projected above pre-pandemic levels: study

By: AgriNews - March 29, 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 in a March 17 webinar. Westhoff is FAPRI director and the Howard Cowden professor of agricultural and applied economics at the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Read more on: AgriNews

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin

  • There are no easy answers on canceling student debt
    By: Vox - March 25, 2021
  • Organic Valley Launches Loan Program For Clean Energy Projects On Farms
    By: Wisconsin Public Radio - March 24, 2021

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Admissions to elite U.S. colleges: The case for a lottery

By: Rochester Business Journal - March 30, 2021

It is now late March and there is a considerable amount of anxiety among high school students, particularly those applying to elite colleges, about their admission prospects. To comprehend why the process for selecting applicants at such institutions is in serious need of reform, let us begin by going back to 2016.

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

Jim Jansen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska ag land values increase

By: High Plains Journal & Nebraska City News-Press - March 31, 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: High Plains Journal & Nebraska City News-Press

Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Cory Walters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska farmers expected to plant more soybeans, less corn this year

By: The Neighbor Lincoln Journal Star - March 31, 2021

Brad Lubben, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural economist, said he was a bit surprised by the forecast, as were the grain markets, which caused a spike in futures prices for both corn and soybeans on Wednesday.

Cory Walters, an associate professor of agricultural economics at UNL, said that after a couple of rough years, the decision for many farmers may simply come down to how much investment they have to make in each crop.

Read more on: The Neighbor Lincoln Journal Star

Sandy Dall'erba, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Climate change is real;” Researchers warn extreme weather events could impact Illinois agriculture

By: WCIA - March 31, 2021

“We totally live in a global world,” Dall’erba said. “The global supply chain is truly international. So, as a result, events that are taking place way outside of your own country might, to some extent, affect your own economy.”

Read more on: WCIA

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University

Pa. lawmakers want to extend shelf life of milk

By: WKBN - March 31, 2021

Brian Roe, one of the Ohio State researchers, said in a press release that date labeling doesn’t tell you when food will spoil. Milk is one of the most wanted food products in the U.S., Roe said.

Read more on: WKBN

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: Daily News - March 25, 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: Daily News

Vincent Smith, Montana State University

Farmers face complex political, economic landscape in 2021

By: Williston Herald Media - March 29, 2021

“Elections matter, votes matter, and they matter for agricultural policy,” said MSU professor of agricultural economics Dr. Vincent Smith. “The first, most obvious thing is, compared to the Trump administration, there will be a very different approach to trade.”

Read more on: Williston Herald Media

Luis Pena-Levano, University of Maryland
Gulcan Onel, University of Florida
Skyler Simnitt, USDA-Economic Research Service
Choices Magazine

How Florida left farmworkers out of its COVID-19 pandemic response

By: Ocala Star Banner, The Florida Times-Union, Naples Daily News, News Chief, Palm Beach Daily News, Herald Tribune, The Palm Beach Post, The Ledger, Pensacola News Journal, Daily Commercial, Panama City News Herald, NWF Daily News, TC Palm, Florida Today, News-Press, & Tallahassee Democrat - March 30, 2021

Consumers “have to worry about” farmworkers, said Luis Peña-Lévano, an assistant professor of agribusiness and resource economics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. “Because they are labor, they represent one of the key factors” of successful production.

“A common perception is that a typical crop worker should be in a good state of fitness due to the physical demands of their farm jobs. However, this perception does not appear to hold," according to an article in Choices, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. 

Read more on: Ocala Star BannerThe Florida Times-Union, Naples Daily News, News Chief, Palm Beach Daily News, Herald Tribune, The Palm Beach Post, The Ledger, Pensacola News Journal, Daily Commercial, Panama City News Herald, NWF Daily News, TC Palm, Florida Today, News-Press, & Tallahassee Democrat


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