Monday, June 14, 2021

Members in the News: Bigelow, Thilmany, Wang, Featherstone, Balasubramanya, Hayes, Lusk, Mooney, Davis, Batabyal, Kennedy, Salassi, Bir, and Anderson

Daniel Bigelow, Montana State University

McDonald's french fries, carrots, onions: all of the foods that come from Bill Gates farmland

By: NBC News - June 8, 2021

“The attraction that people have to investing in farmland is that it tends to be countercyclical to the stock market. It’s a hedging strategy,” said Daniel Bigelow, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, who previously served as a USDA research economist.

Read more on: NBC News

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

'Put A Pillow Over Your Head Or Do Something': The Story Behind Colorado's Pandemic Entrepreneurs

By: Farm Progress - June 4, 2021

Sheer necessity played a role, too. Dawn Thilmany is an agricultural economics professor at Colorado State University. She describes entrepreneurship as a push-pull dynamic. “The push part is that people lost their jobs, were furloughed or whatever, they were pushed into entrepreneurship because they didn't have any other opportunities,” she said.

Read more on: Farm Progress

Holly Wang, Purdue University

China's Quiet Ecommerce Giant Thrives on Fresh Produce

By: Wired - June 7, 2021

Also unlike the US, China does not have a well-developed supply chain of processors, wholesalers, and retailers to bring produce to market, says Holly Wang, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

Read more on: Wired

Allen Featherstone, Kansas State University

Higher commodity prices may figure into farmland leases

By: Kansas Farmer - June 10, 2021

Featherstone says we’re seeing a paradigm shift in commodity prices, with wheat, corn, sorghum and soybean prices all nearly doubled from their 2020 lows. The market is expecting to ease back a little bit over the next four years, he adds.

Read more on: Kansas Farmer

Soumya Balasubramanya, International Water Management Institute

E14S8: A Career in Applied Research with Economist Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya

By: PCDN - April 12, 2021

In Episode 14 of Season 8, learn about Soumya’s middle class Indian upbringing and how she couldn’t become a volcano expert so she became an economist instead. Soumya reflects on her amazing research career after her PhD from Duke University; how she uses research to inform policy, works with diverse stakeholders including governments and civil society, and to course-correct ongoing investments and programs.

Read more on: PCDN

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

USDA rejects request for faster pork slaughterhouse speeds

By: Farm Forum - June 6, 2021

The group earlier said the judge’s ruling will cut U.S. pork packing plant capacity by 2.5% and result in more than $80 million in reduced income for small hog farmers, according to an analysis conducted for the group by Iowa State University agricultural economist Dermot Hayes.

The impact on consumer prices for ham, pork chops and bacon isn't immediately clear and will depend on how the industry responds. If the slower speeds cause processors to supply less pork to the market, “grocers and restaurants are left competing against each other for a small amount of pork, which would drive up wholesale and retail pork prices,” said Jayson Lusk, head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

Read more on: Farm Forum

Daniel Mooney, Colorado State University

High Demand for Certified Cattle

By: Progressive Farmer - June 2, 2021

"Estimating the Effect of Beef Quality Assurance on Video Cattle Prices in the U.S. West," a CSU paper, was led jointly by the departments of animal sciences and agricultural and resource economics. Authors were Daniel Mooney, Miles Rollison and Jason Ahola.

Read more on: Progressive Farmer

Alison Davis, University of Kentucky

New Study to Examine Water Infrastructure Quality's Relation to Economic Growth

By: Treatment Plant Operator Magazine & WTVQ - June 9, 2021

“This project is designed to better understand the repercussions of poorly managed or under-resourced water quality and wastewater. We’ll look at how it affects economic development and population trends,” said Davis, a faculty member in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Read more on: Treatment Plant Operator Magazine & WTVQ

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • Purdue agricultural economics advisors receive national awards
    By: Acrofan - June 10, 2021
  • That milk? Those lemons and tomatoes? Essential works got them to us. Don't forget them.
    By: Twin Cities Pioneer Press - June 5, 2021

Amit Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

A little less democracy might be a good thing

By: Rochester Business Journal - June 8, 2021

Given the rise of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency in 2016, the decision by the U.K. to leave the European Union in 2016, and the rise of illiberal regimes in Hungary and Poland, many have begun to worry about the future of democracy not only in North America and Europe but also in the rest of the world

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

P. Lynn Kennedy, Louisiana State University
Michael Salassi, Louisiana State University

Lynn Kennedy named ag economics, agribusiness department head

By: Bossier Press-Tribune - June 4, 2021

The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture have named P. Lynn Kennedy head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

He replaces Michael Salassi, who is now the AgCenter associate vice president and program leader of animal and plant sciences.

Read more on: Bossier Press-Tribune

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma Welcomes Backyard Bee Keeping Trend

By: Oklahoma Farm Report - June 7, 2021

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University Extension farm management specialist, has studied how small-scale agricultural projects appeal to residents with extra space and time on their hands.

Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas, UA-Cossatot create transfer degree programs

By: AXIOS - June 7, 2021

"We are here to serve the entire state. The more we can do to make our programs available to a diverse set of students from every region of the state, the better it is for all of us" says John Anderson.

Read more on: AXIOS


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