Monday, April 19, 2021

Members in the News: Wang, Johansson, Lusk, Jansen, Ellison, Benavidez, Kim, Katchova, Scheitrum, Mintert, Franken, Thompson, Bertold, & Zhang

 Holly Wang, Purdue University

Dr. Holly Wang on GMO controversy

By: CGTN via YouTube - March 28, 2021

"Obviously, corn is a traditional and main ingredient of Mexican food. However, currently most of the food corn is the white domestically produced non-GMO corn. Although, Mexico has imported a large amount as it was like 16 million tons from the United States alone last year," says Holly Wang.

Read more on: CGTN via YouTube

Robert Johansson, American Sugar Alliance
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Event to highlight agricultural economists who recently served in Washington

By: AgriNews - April 8, 2021

The panel, which will be held virtually at 1:30 p.m. April 16, will feature:
Rob Johansson, who was chief economist for the USDA from 2015-2021 and now serves as associated director of economics and policy analysis for the American Sugar Alliance.

Lusk said the goal of the memorial event is to attract speakers that will enlighten the audience about current events and trends that are related to economics and agriculture.

Read more on: AgriNews

Jim Jansen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska all-land market values rise by 6%

By: Nebraska Farmer - April 9, 2021

Over the past decade in Nebraska, the statewide all-land value peaked at $3,315 per acre in 2014, says Jim Jansen, Nebraska agricultural systems economist Extension educator at University of Nebraska Haskell Ag Lab. “This was followed by a five-year decline for Nebraska until the trend reversed in 2020,” he says.

Read more on: Nebraska Farmer

Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How We Can Reduce Food Waste And Promote Healthy Eating

By: Science Magazine News-Medical - April 14, 2021

Public policies have generally focused on either obesity or food waste, but rarely considered them together, says Brenna Ellison, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at U of I.

Read more on: Science Magazine News-Medical

Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University

How to legally grow hemp yourself in Texas, A&M AgriLife explains

By: Top Shelf News & KXXV - April 12, 2021

"We hope that it will be a valuable tool for our producers who are considering hemp, " shared Justin Benavidez, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M AgriLife. "There's a lot of risk in that market and so, we hope that by viewing these videos, you get a better idea of the risks involved in producing hemp and you can sort of decide for yourself, with a more informed and educated set of facts, whether or not hemp production is for you."

Read more on: Top Shelf News KXXV

Kevin Kim, The Ohio State University
Ani Katchova, The Ohio State University

Ohio local bank market conditions

By: Ohio's Country Journal - April 13, 2021

The US banking sector and local community banks faced great uncertainty in 2020 due to the pandemic. The consolidation intensity within US banking sector continued in 2020. Ohio experienced a similar trend, with continued decrease in the number of community banks.

Read more on: Ohio's Country Journal

Daniel Scheitrum, University of Arizona

U.S. pork, beef plants more than doubled local COVID-19 infection rates

By: Iowa Capital Dispatch - April 9, 2021

The study by Tina Saitone of the University of California, Davis, Aleks Schaefer of Michigan State University and Daniel Scheitrum of the University of Arizona found that counties that included beef, pork, or poultry plants all saw higher COVID-19 rates than counties without meat processing. The study was published in Food Policy

Read more on: Iowa Capital Dispatch

James Mintert, Purdue University

Commodity prices boost Ag Economy Barometer

By: The Crescent News - April 10, 2021

“Even with a rebound in crop production in 2021, it looks like carryover supplies of corn and soybeans will remain tight, providing producers’ confidence that crop prices will remain strong this year,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “A rebound in the U.S. economy this summer combined with expectations for a smaller pork supply is also providing some optimism in the livestock sector.”

Read more on: The Crescent News 

Jason Franken, Western Illinois University

How climate change affects Colombia's coffee production

By: Herald-Whig - April 11, 2021

"The market hog inventory is about 1.8% smaller than a year ago and below the anticipated range. The breeding herd is 2.5% lower than a year ago and at the lower end of the pre-report estimate," Franken said.

Read more on: Herald-Whig

James Mintert, Purdue University
Nathanael Thompson, Purdue University

Free corn and soybean outlook webinar today

By: The Tribune - April 12, 2021

“As farmers plan for the season ahead, Michael Langemeier, Nathanael Thompson and I will discuss updated supply and demand information and possible implications from the USDA reports for the 2020 crop year," Mintert said.

Read more on: The Tribune

Jason Bergtold, Kansas State University

K-State’s New Coffman Chair To Focus On Effective Hybrid Teaching Formats, Practices

By: KSAL - April 14, 2021

Jason Bergtold is turning the challenge of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to help his students and his fellow faculty members at Kansas State University.

Read more on: KSAL

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Soil management conference returns in May

By: Bellevue Herald-Leader - April 14, 2021

“The conference offers networking opportunities for those who have an interest in agricultural land, land management and land valuation,” said Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist at Iowa State. “Additionally, participants have an opportunity through an online survey before the conference to ‘gaze into their crystal balls,’ and will be asked to provide their estimates of future land values in Iowa and corn and soybean prices via an online survey distributed before the conference.”

Read more on: Bellevue Herald-Leader


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