Monday, August 23, 2021

Members in the News: Gundersen, Wilde, Ellison, Kolodinsky, Taraz, Schmit, Jablonski, Rejesus, Landry, Turner, Schnitkey, Jensen, DeLong, et al.

Craig Gundersen, Baylor University

  • The US is taking a bite out of its food insecurity – here’s one way to scrap the problem altogether
    By: The Conversation - August 19, 2021
  • Pandemic plunges families into food poverty in world’s rich economies
    By: Financial Times - August 8, 2021
  • COVID-19 afflicts families of rich economies with food insecurity: FT
    By: China Daily - August 10, 2021
  • Bigger SNAP payments will reduce hunger in McLennan County
    By: Waco Tribune-Herald - August 16, 2021

Parke Wilde, Tufts University

Biden Administration Prompts Largest Permanent Increase in Food Stamps

By: The New York Times - August 15, 2021

The last revision, in 2006, assumed an adult woman would spend $18.58 a month on low-fat milk and fewer than 50 cents on cheese, according to an analysis by Parke Wilde of Tufts University.

Read more on: The New York Times

Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Longer lunch breaks can encourage kids to eat more fruits, vegetables

By: ANI - July 22, 2021

Prescott and study co-authors Xanna Burg, Jessica Metcalfe, and Brenna Ellison compared fruits and vegetable consumption during 10 and 20 minutes of seated lunchtime, and the results were clear.

Read more on: ANI

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

Latest census data finds population growth in metro areas

By: Marketplace - August 13, 2021

“We’re seeing a huge infrastructure package right now in our federal government for building roads and having influxes of resources for community economic development, not the least of which is broadband,” said Jane Kolodinsky, who runs the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. “And so when you have declining rural populations by which the influx of resources depend on the populations levels, we will see a change in the amount of resource that reaches rural areas.”

Read more on: Marketplace

Vis Taraz, Smith College

The unequal effects of climate change

By: Marketplace - August 16, 2021

People are grappling with rising utility bills, and some are hit harder than others because they lack the resources to withstand extreme weather. “We could see that in a heat wave, where people without air conditioning could be the most hit,” Taraz said.

Read more on: Marketplace

Todd Schmit, Cornell University
Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University

Farm marketing success linked to natural, cultural assets

By: & Mirage - July 13, 2021

To explore differences between communities, Todd Schmit, associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and colleagues at Colorado State University and the University of Missouri created a database of assets for every county in the United States, breaking down these community resources in six areas: Built, cultural, financial, human, natural and social.

Co-author Becca Jablonski, a Cornell alum and an associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University, hopes the database will enable researchers and planners to craft economic development policies that are more successful because they are community-specific.

Read more on: & Mirage

Roderock Rejesus, North Carolina State University

Crop insurance and unintended consequences

By: - August 14, 2021

"This could be an unintended consequence of providing subsidies for crop insurance," said Rod M. Rejesus, professor of agricultural and resource economics at NC State and the corresponding author of the research study. "The concept of moral hazard could be present here. If insurance will cover crop losses due to various effects like drought or severe weather, a farmer may not want to pay the extra expense for climate change adaptation efforts such as using cover crops to improve soil health, for example."

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Craig Landry, University of Georgia
Dylan Turner, USDA-Economics Research Service

At-risk homeowners may forgo flood insurance

By: - July 16, 2021

Known as charity hazard, the question of whether expectations of disaster assistance might reduce flood insurance demand was a focus of the study by Craig Landry, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and recent doctoral graduate Dylan Turner.

Using household level  from 548 households in 72 counties in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, Landry and Turner examined the possibility of households foregoing flood insurance based on the local history of disaster aid distribution and the political and social environment of the area.

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Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

U.S. Soybean Farmers: Take This Short Survey on Digital Technologies

By: Ag Web - July 19, 2021

Gary Schnitkey, professor in agricultural and consumer economics and soybean industry chair in agricultural strategy, and Joana Colussi, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, are working with colleagues in Brazil to measure the influence of various communication channels on farmers’ decisions in both countries.

Read more on: Ag Web

Kimberly Jensen, University of Tennessee
Karen DeLong, University of Tennessee
Jackie Yenerall, University of Tennessee

Researchers Target Food Loss and Waste Reduction

By: Food Manufacturing - July 14, 2021

"This study will provide a results-driven set of recommendations for future voluntary food loss and waste reduction programs," UTIA professor of agricultural and resource economics and lead researcher Kimberly Jensen said. "Findings will provide estimates of how food loss and waste information shapes consumers' choices in products, stores and at-home practices."

The UTIA multidisciplinary research team includes Kimberly Jensen, Karen DeLong, T. Edward Yu and Jackie Yenerall from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and C. Rita Chen and Curtis Luckett from the Department of Food Science.

Read more on: Food Manufacturing

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Soda tax does not control obesity, studies claim

By: Emnetra - August 9, 2021

Taxation on sodas and other sweets Beverage Does not help reduce obesity Consumers switch to other high-calorie foods drink New studies that are not taxed claim. Researchers came to a conclusion after analyzing data on Americans’ purchases of household foods in 2006. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Read more on: Emnetra

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Make No Misteak: Our Food Choices Are Not Ours Alone

By: The Globe Post - August 12, 2021

There are clear connections between food systems, human diets, human health, and the climate crisis. Agriculture uses 37 percent of the earth’s land and 70 percent of its freshwater supply. Furthermore, agriculture, including forestry, is responsible for 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more on: The Globe Post

Kashi Kafle, Texas A&M University
Tinsorn Songsermsawas, IFAD

Link farmers with traders: To increase farm revenue

By: The Himalayan Times - July 30, 2021

In his 20-year career as a social worker, Krishna Thapa had never seen farmers as happy as the small group of farmers in Dailekh. All of them were on their way back home from a nearby vegetable collection centre, where they had just sold different types of vegetables produced on their own farm.

Read more on: The Himalayan Times

Awudu Abdulai, University of Kiel
American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Prof Awudu Abdulai Receives Another Major Global Honour

By: Ghana Web & Peace FM Online - August 15, 2021

Distinguished academic and global scholar, Prof Awudu Abdulai has been honoured by the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

He served as Associate Editor (2000-2006) and has been Co-Editor-in-Chief of Agricultural Economics since 2012. He has also served as Associate Editor and board member of many reputable journals including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Food Policy.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2010 and Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Awudu has consulted for the World Bank, FAO, WFP, IFPRI, and the Bank of Ghana

Read more on: Ghana Web & Peace FM Online

Tessa Conroy, University of Wisconsin

Pandemic Inflation Trends Put Wisconsin Businesses, Consumers Under Pressure

By: Wisconsin Public Radio & Urban Milwaukee - August 12, 2021

"I think that there was some concern that inflation would continue to accelerate," said Tessa Conroy, an assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Producers haven't been able to respond with supply as enthusiastically as consumers have responded with demand as the economy has sort of opened back up."

Read more on: Wisconsin Public Radio & Urban Milwaukee

Thomas Reardon, Michigan State University
Scott Swinton, Michigan State University

Reardon New Honorary Member of International Ag Econ Group

By: Michigan Ag Connection - August 11, 2021

Tom Reardon, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) at Michigan State University (MSU), has been named an Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

AFRE Chairperson and University Distinguished Professor Scott Swinton says, "Tom Reardon has an extraordinary track record of sustained, direct collaboration with development research institutions on every major continent. His direct field research has put him at the cutting edge of recognizing transformations in world food systems. He is truly deserving of this honor."

Read more on: Michigan Ag Connection

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Careers That Change the World!

By: Wity Radio - August 12, 2021

"I love that I get to think about questions that I care about all the time and to try to find answers for them. Really trying to understand why people in rural areas, in low-income countries in particular, have issues related to food insecurity and persistent poverty" said Hope Michelson.

Read more on: Wity Radio

Alvaro Durand-Morat, University of Arkansas

Despite Ample Supply, Rice Prices Remain Higher Than Expected

By: KUAR - August 16, 2021

"Most commodity prices went down during the pandemic because of lower demand," said Alvaro Durand-Morat, assistant professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the Division of Agriculture's research arm. "But rice went the other way."

Read more on: KUAR

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Food prices and COVID: Agricultural economics professor breaks down rising food prices

By: Carroll County Comet - August 11, 2021

Jayson Lusk, agricultural economics professor and department head, breaks down why and how COVID has led to an increase in domestic food prices. In the Q&A below, he answers some commonly posed questions. Domestically average food prices are on the rise.

Read more on: Carroll County Comet

Gertrude Nakakeeto, Texas Tech University

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College welcomes 12 new faculty members as fall semester starts

By: Albany Herald - August 14, 2021

In the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the new faculty members include Gertrude Nakakeeto, assistant professor of Agribusiness; Austin Moore, assistant professor of Agricultural Communication; Jane Anne Veazey, lecturer of Agricultural Communication; and Andrew F. Egan, professor of Forestry.

Read more on: Albany Herald

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Conservation Policy and Cash Rented Farms

By: KMA Land - August 15, 2021

Bigger farms, even average-sized grain farms, have a tougher time transitioning to different cropping methods and or policy requirements. University of Illinois Extension Agricultural Economist Gary Schnitkey points to cover crops as an example.

Read more on: KMA Land

James MacDonald, University of Maryland
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Family farms find ways to meet challenges and protect agricultural heritage

By: Polk County Itemizer-Observer - August 4, 2021

There’s been a “steady shift” of production to much larger operations, said economist James MacDonald, visiting research professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, who has written extensively on family farm operations.

The indication that outside income-earning is on the upswing comes mostly from work-related studies, not farm surveys. By 2016, about half of all farm families were shown to be insured through outside employment, according to the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, an organization that tracks agrarian statistics nationwide.

Read more on: Polk County Itemizer-Observer

Parr Rosson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Good Texas-Cuba relations could be great for business

By: KXXV - July 16, 2021

"Our history and our connections go back literally over 100 years," said C. Parr Rosson, Associate Head for Extension at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. "There was a time when Cuba imported rice from Texas and some meat products. This goes back to pre-embargo days."

Read more on: KXXV


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