Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Members in the News: Bir, Irwin, Loch-Temzelides, Anderson, Brown, Sims, Schnitkey, Zulauf, Smith, Tonsor, Schnitkey, Thompson, Lubben, & AJAE

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Pollinators and our Food Supply

By: The Oklahoma News Report via YouTube & PBS - June 28, 2021

"Honeybees are not native to the United States. A lot of people are surprised when they hear that and it falls under agriculture because are actually a livestock species. They’re an insect that is cultivated by people; it is managed just like other livestock just like cattle, goats, and other things are managed. It is a little bit out of the beekeeper’s control to some degree because if your neighbor or a neighboring farm is using pesticides off label or something like that, it can really impact your bee colonies" said Courtney Bir.

Read more on: The Oklahoma News Report via YouTube & PBS

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

U.S., Brazil expected to constrain ethanol output in coming months

By: Reuters - June 22, 2021

Ethanol usually helps lower gasoline prices, said Scott Irwin, a professor at the University of Illinois, as it tends to be an inexpensive source of needed octane for gasoline. However, at current market prices, ethanol is actually adding to gasoline's cost.

Read more on: Reuters

Ted Loch-Temzelides, Rice University

Fungi Embrace Human Economic Ideas in Trade with Hosts

By: Futurity, 4State.news, Silent Garden, & The Hack Posts - June 30, 2021

Ted Loch-Temzelides, a professor of economics and chair in sustainable development at Rice University, examined through an economic lens data from ecological experiments on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi networks, which connect to plants and facilitate the trading of nutrients for carbon.

Read more on: Futurity, 4State.news, Silent Garden, & The Hack Posts

David Anderson, Texas A&M University

Beef continues to lead meat case sales

By: Supermarket Perimeter - June 10, 2021

However, beef demand had been on several years of strength prior to the pandemic, said David Anderson, PhD, professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. A growing economy, falling unemployment and consumer preferences toward higher USDA quality grade beef were building demand, and 2020 did not slow beef demand, even with the increase in unemployment, he says. The All Fresh beef demand index scored 119 for 2020, the best in 20 years.

Read more on: Supermarket Perimeter

Scott Brown, University of Missouri

Weekly Livestock Market Update With Scott Brown

By: Brownfield Ag News - June 25, 2021

Scott is an associate extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and the director of strategic partnerships for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. Scott has worked with U.S. Congress over the past three decades in determining the quantitative effects of changes in dairy and livestock policies and has testified regarding dairy and livestock policy issues before House and Senate Agriculture committees.

Read more on: Brownfield Ag News

Kaitlyn Sims, University of Wisconsin

State Prisons Fueled Covid-19 Spread in Their Areas Last Spring, Study Suggests

By: Gizmodo, Medical Xpress, Goal Shakers, Sci Tech Daily, & Medicine Net - June 28, 2021

“Our big takeaway from this research is that prisons are a particularly vulnerable type of facility when it comes to risk for disease spread, which may add additional stress to rural healthcare systems that are already struggling to cope with the pandemic,” study author Kaitlyn Sims, a doctoral student in agricultural and applied economics at UW–Madison, told Gizmodo in an email.

Read more on: Gizmodo, Medical Xpress, Goal Shakers, Sci Tech Daily, & Medicine Net

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University

Historical Relationships Suggest Rising Corn Seed Costs for 2022

By: Farms.com - June 30, 2021

Seed costs for corn have trended up over time. Genetic improvements and biotechnology use in hybrids have led to higher yields, contributing to the general increases in seed prices and per acre seed costs. Seed costs also are positively associated with increases in expected revenue from corn production. As a result, per acre seed costs in the U.S. likely will increase in 2022.

Read more on: Farms.com

Vincent Smith, Montana State University

MSU Extension partner recognized nationally

By: Farm Forum - June 29, 2021

“Carrie Schumacher has an amazingly detailed knowledge of the cultures and information needs of rural American Indian communities in Montana and other northern Great Plains states,” wrote Vince Smith, a longtime collaborator of Schumacher’s, in the nominating materials.

Read more on: Farm Forum

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Grassley Questions Witnesses at Senate Ag Hearing On Cattle Market Transparency

By: Chuck Grassley, The Fence Post, & Progressive Farmer - June 11, 2021

Glynn Tonsor, a professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, listed a series of “adjustments” he said should be made to livestock reporting.

Read more on: Chuck Grassley, The Fence Post, & Progressive Farmer

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois farmer testifies about farm safety net

By: Morning Ag Clips - June 29, 2021

“Trade disputes and weather issues along with high yields contributed to abundant supply which led to these lower incomes,” testified Gary Schnitkey, agricultural economics professor at the University of Illinois. “Without the federal safety net, farm incomes would have been much lower. Payments for farm safety net programs and net insurance payments were 20% of net income in 2018, 33% in 2019 and 59% in 2020.”

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Nathanael Thompson, Purdue University

USDA corn, soy estimates mostly unchanged

By: High Plains Journal - June 29, 2021

The drought is expected to center on the Dakotas; South Dakota is responsible for about 10% of the nation’s corn crop. “We need timely rains in July and August,” said Nathanael Thompson, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Purdue.

Read more on: High Plains Journal

Bradley Lubben, University Nebraska-Lincoln

UNL's new Center for Ag Profitability to launch webinar series on July 8

By: The North Platte Telegraph - June 30, 2021

It will be hosted by Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and include a panel of experts from USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Read more on: The North Platte Telegraph

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

15 stats about food waste

By: Tucson, Mooresville Tribune, Napa Valley Register, The Cut Off News, MSN, The Times, WFMZ, Herald & Review, Tulsa World, & The Columbian - June 23, 2021

study from the American Journal of Agricultural Economics found that the annual cost of the 25 million tons of food wasted by U.S. households is $240 billion, or $1,866 per household. The study also found that higher-income families waste more food than lower-income families.

Read more on: TucsonMooresville Tribune, Napa Valley Register, The Cut Off News, MSN, The Times, WFMZ, Herald & Review, Tulsa World, & The Columbian


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