Monday, August 30, 2021

Members in the News: Lusk, Boehm, Gundersen, Lopez, Steinbach, Wang, Thompson, Mintert, Ellison, Schnitkey, Zulauf, Barrett, Dall’Erba, et al.

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • Grocery items getting smaller? It's not your eyes, it's 'shrinkflation'
    By: Today - July 28, 2021
  • Ag Economist discusses pandemic changes to beef cattle industry
    By: The Cattle Site - August 2, 2021

Rebecca Boehm, Union of Concerned Scientists

Tyson has a stranglehold over Arkansas’s poultry industry

By: The Counter - August 23, 2021

All across our economy, the issue of competition or lack thereof across different sectors is becoming a more prominent issue among policymakers. We saw the Biden administration’s executive order to address competition not just in food and agriculture, but across the economy. There’s always been concern and issues around lack of competition in the food and agriculture system — as early as the 1920s in meat and poultry packing.

Read more on: The Counter

Craig Gundersen, Baylor University

  • New Tool Sheds Light on Impact of Racism on Food Insecurity
    By: Food Bank News - August 18, 2021
  • Baylor professor speaks on largest food SNAP benefit increase in history
    By: Fox 44 News - August 24, 2021

Rigoberto Lopez, University of Connecticut
Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut

Changing Food Retail Landscape, Competitiveness, and Health Outcomes

By: Mirage - August 24, 2021

Rigoberto Lopez, professor of agricultural and resource economics in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, has received a Research Excellence Program (REP) grant to develop new knowledge about the evolving food retail landscape. This project will provide necessary research to help make the food shopping options in the U.S. more competitive and healthier for people everywhere.

Lopez will lead an interdisciplinary team that includes Sandro Steinbach, assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics; Kristen Cooksey Stowers, assistant professor of allied health sciences, and Debarchana Ghosh, assistant professor of geography.

Read more on: Mirage

Tong Wang, South Dakota State University

Producers reap rewards of cover crops

By: & Dakota Farmer - July 30, 2021

Cover crops, which are planted after harvesting the , help prevent erosion and runoff and increase soil organic matter, thereby reducing the need for fertilizer and improving water quality. In addition, cover crops can help suppress weeds, thereby reducing herbicide and pesticide usage, according to assistant professor Tong Wang of South Dakota State University's Ness School of Management and Economics.

Read more on: & Dakota Farmer

Nathanael Thompson, Purdue University
James Mintert, Purdue University

Economist shares marketing strategies

By: AgriNews - July 26, 2021

Now is the time to brainstorm marketing strategies for new crop corn and soybeans, said Nathan Thompson, agricultural economics professor at Purdue University.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the July Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report. James Mintert, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue, discussed the results.

Read more on: AgriNews

Brenna Ellison, Purdue University

How Will the Covid-19 Vaccine Change Food Acquisition Behaviors?

By: - August 23, 2021

In early 2020, as confusion and concern over the Covid-19 virus grew and spread, normal life changed dramatically for millions of Americans. While stay-at-home orders were issued across the country and workplaces, schools, and college campuses shut their doors, regular routines changed, and a major shift occurred in how millions of people acquire food for themselves and their households.

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

Timeline of a Rare Series of Disruptive Events for United States Agriculture

By: - July 21, 2021

A rare series of disruptive occurrences over the last three years has contributed to volatility in agricultural exports and markets. The roller-coaster patterns of United States agricultural exports and corn and soybean prices in that time is tracked with concurrent events ranging from the tariff war’s disruption of agricultural trade in 2018, to widespread weather caused planting delays and record prevent plant acres in 2019, to the COVID-19 pandemic and response in 2020.

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Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

Reaping the benefits: Training in rice growing system raises yields and well-being

By:, Scienmag, Agro Vista Profits, Science Daily,, & - July 21, 2021

Professor Abdul Malek of the University of Tsukuba (Japan), together with international colleagues including Asad Islam (Monash University), Christopher Barrett (Cornell University), Marcel Fafchamps (Stanford University), and Debayan Pakrashi (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur), conducted these randomized introductions of SRI in Bangladesh and studied them from agricultural and social angles.

Read more on:, Scienmag, Agro Vista Profits, Science Daily,, &

Sandy Dall’Erba, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Study proposes new ways to estimate climate change impacts on agriculture
    By:, Herald News, & Latestly - August 20, 2021
  • A Groundbreaking Self-Driving Test Track Could be Coming to Central Illinois
    By: WCIA & Illinois Newsroom - August 9, 2021

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cash Rents Rise in 2021 with Implications for 2022, By Gary Schnitkey

By: Crop Producer - August 19, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released 2021 state-level cash rents. The average cash rent in Illinois was $227 per acre, a $5 increase over 2020 levels. Over time, cash rents typically follow agricultural returns in a lagged manner. Higher returns in 2020, along with projected higher returns in 2021 and 2022, likely lead to upward pressures on 2022 cash rents.

Read more on: Crop Producer

Diane Charlton, Montana State University

Montana State University ag economist featured on CBS Sunday Morning

By: Farm Forum - July 27, 2021

Diane Charlton, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics in MSU’s College of Agriculture and College of Letters and Science, studies the economics of agricultural production with a focus on labor and migration. Sunday Morning called on Charlton’s expertise for a segment titled “Invisible People” that aired June 27.

Read more on: Farm Forum

Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University
Bart Fischer, Texas A&M University

Texas A&M course helps ranchers manage bottom line

By: Morning Ag Clips - August 22, 2021

In a message during the general session, Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo, provided producers with some good news on cattle prices but some caution about feed prices and the need to manage their risk.

Very few people are involved in the day-to-day production ag workforce – 1.3% – so there is a definite lack of knowledge amongst the general public of what beef producers do or need to, said Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center in the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Economics, Bryan-College Station.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Alvaro Durand-Morat, University of Arkansas
Subir Bairagi, University of Arkansas

Global rice prices spike during pandemic despite supply

By: Arkansas Democrat Gazette, ABC 7, & Stuttgart Daily Leader - August 21, 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."

Durand-Morat is co-author with research post-doctoral associate Subir Bairagi of International Rice Outlook: International Rice Baseline Projections 2020-2030. The full report from the Agricultural Experiment Station is available at .

Read more on: Arkansas Democrat Gazette, ABC 7, & Stuttgart Daily Leader

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
K. Aleks Schaefer, Michigan State University

Agricultural economy rebounding

By: Grand Rapids Business Journal - August 20, 2021

It was authored by Steven R. Miller, director for the College of Economic Analysis of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University; Trey Malone, assistant professor for the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University; and K. Aleks Schaefer, assistant professor for the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

“The one thing that the pandemic taught me about agriculture is how resilient the system can actually be,” Malone said. “This has been a crazy shock to everyone, yet you can still find most of the products you want on the grocery shelves. A year later, a lot of prices have come back to a place where we would have expected them to be prior to the pandemic.”

Read more on: Grand Rapids Business Journal

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

  • Iowa Farmland Owners could see Large Tax Increase from American Families Plan
    By: KIWA Radio - August 22, 2021
  • Iowa Leads Corn Belt States With Highest Cash Rent Average
    By: WNAX - August 23, 2021


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