Monday, July 19, 2021

Members in the News: Ferraro, Schnitkey, Hamilton, Khanna, Gundersen, Franken, Batabyal, & Bir

Paul Ferraro, Johns Hopkins University

Is California read for brown lawns and shorter showers? Drought requires less water use

By: Los Angeles Times - July 10, 2021

Paul J. Ferraro, a behavioral economist and distinguished professor of human behavior and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, said that, generally speaking, if you can induce people to reduce water use during a drought, those behavioral changes tend to persist, even if they wane a bit.

Read more on: Los Angeles Times

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Safrinha Crop Projections Shrink as Prices Hit Record High

By: AgFax - July 9, 2021

Projections for the safrinha corn (second crop) in Brazil were reduced as the drought continued in the main producing regions, and more recently frosts seen in South-Central. The most recent forecast from the Safras & Mercado, a private consulting firm in Brazil, indicates that Brazil will harvest 2,425 million bushels this season.

Read more on: AgFax

Lynn Hamilton, California Polytechnic State University

Regulatory costs more than double in six years for valley farmers

By: Agri-Pulse - June 30, 2021

Regulatory costs grew 265% on average for valley farmers, while total production costs rose by just 22% for those trying to produce food and fiber in California.

Read more on: Agri-Pulse

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lax Pesticide Policies Are Putting Wildlife Health at Risk, Experts Warn

By: Audubon - Summer 2021

Last year University of Illinois agricultural economist Madhu Khanna published a study that correlated rising usage to annual declines of grassland and insectivorous birds in the United States, by 4 and 3 percent a year, respectively. 

Read more on: Audubon

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major Revamp Of SNAP Could Eliminate Food Insecurity In US

By: Eurasia Review,, & Mirage News - July 10, 2021

“Restructuring SNAP as a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program or modified UBI is a straightforward way to eliminate food insecurity in United States. It’s expensive but it is not difficult,” says Craig Gundersen, distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at U of I. Gundersen authored the study, published in Food Policy.

Read more on: Eurasia Review,, & Mirage News

Jason Franken, Western Illinois University

$4.5 million heading to Peoria Ag Lab

By: Chronicle Media - July 7, 2021

Those will be the market hogs arriving at processing plants from July through November 2021, according to Jason Franken, agricultural economist at Western Illinois University and contributor to the University of Illinois farmdoc team. The economist noted that the inventory numbers support higher prices for pork at supermarkets.

Read more on: Chronicle Media

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

The four stages of globalization

By: Rochester Business Journal - July 12, 2021

Globalization is a contentious subject. It is possible to find researchers drawing very different inferences about whether the benefits of globalization outweigh the costs. Research in the last two decades by Jagdish Bhagwati, Marc Levinson, Branko Milanovic, Joseph Stiglitz and others has shed light on this much contested phenomenon.

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma welcomes backyard beekeeping trend

By: The Ponca City News - July 9, 2021

“The calls county educators are receiving on these topics is increasing,” Bir said. “Gardening seed companies were selling out of seeds in January, and a growing interest in poultry is part of the reason why OSU Extension developed a backyard chicken course.”

Read more on: The Ponca City News


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