Monday, August 16, 2021

Members in the News: Ortega, Irwin, Gutierrez-Li, Elbakidze, Neill, Lusk, Jacobs, Schnitkey, Yu, Khanna, Miao, Gundersen, et al.

David Ortega, Michigan State University

China's Putting Pigs in 13-Story 'Hog Hotels' to Keep Germs Out

By: Bloomberg, et al. - August 1, 2021

"China is the world’s largest pork-consuming nation, and I don’t see that changing very easily or any time soon,” said David Ortega, associate professor of Food and Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University in East Lansing. “Rebuilding the pork sector is a national priority for the government.”

Read more on: Bloomberg, Aljazeera, South China Morning Post, Yahoo Finance, The Independent, Sierra Club, Taipei Times, New Delhi Television, The Straits Times, Business Times, The Portland Press Herald, Times of India, Business Day, Live Mint, NDTV, Tiky Web & UK Time News

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

U.S. Hog Prices Sink as China Rebuilds Herd

By: The Wall Street Journal - June 29, 2021

Through last week, the most-active hog futures contract trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has fallen nearly 17%, bringing the price down to 99 cents a pound—the first time it has fallen under a dollar since March. Futures have posted a slight rebound to start this week, rising 0.8% Tuesday to nearly $1.04 a pound.

Read more on: The Wall Street Journal

Alejandro Gutierrez-Li, North Carolina State University

U.S. Unemployment Benefit Rolls Shrink as States Exit Pandemic Programs

By: The Wall Street Journal, et al. - July 22, 2021

“I would expect more jobs to be created in the months coming forward," said Alejandro Gutierrez-Li, an economist at North Carolina State University. He said that some employers, such as resorts and hotels, may lose workers to other growing industries as job openings trend at record highs.

Read more on: The Wall Street Journal, The Ohio Star, The Virginia Star, Daily Caller, & Live Mint

Levan Elbakidze, West Virginia University

The drought-stricken Western U.S. braces for ‘water wars’

By: CNBC - July 23, 2021

Read more on: CNBC

Clinton Neill, Cornell University

Why is veterinary care so expensive?

By: Marketplace - August 5, 2021

Clinton Neill, an assistant professor at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said that vet care in a metropolitan area in Europe tends to be cheaper than in a U.S. metropolitan area. But the difference may have to do with insurance ownership rates.

Read more on: Marketplace

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Keri Jacobs, University of Missouri

Economists offer caution as Congress studies the beef industry

By: Agri-Pulse, et al. - July 28, 2021

“Even if 100% of cattle were being sold on the cash market, it doesn’t mean prices would have been any higher than what we recently observed,” he said. There are steps that could be taken through the upcoming reauthorization of price reporting legislation that might add more transparency to the marketplace, but Lusk noted “there’s not necessarily any guarantee that’s going to improve the price level, which is, I think, a separate issue.”

Meat processing — and the beef sector in particular — has been under special scrutiny in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when shutdowns at a handful of large facilities removed sizable amounts of the nation’s production capacity. Some have suggested a smattering of smaller, more independent facilities could lessen the industry’s reliance on larger packing plants, but as Keri Jacobs, an ag economist at the University of Missouri, noted, those smaller facilities still need to be in a position to make money.

Read more on: Agri-Pulse, Farm Progress, Ag Web, All Ag News, & Meat Poultry

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

National corn leader, anhydrous training and more

By: Prairie Farmer - July 22, 2021

Schnitkey says survey results will provide information about the communication channels soybean farmers use for adopting technology. The study will also provide more research for agricultural communication in both countries.

Read more on: Prairie Farmer

Chengzheng Yu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ruiqing Miao, Auburn University

US Corn and Soybean Maladapted to Climate Variations, Study Shows

By:, et al. - July 16, 2021

“Since the 1950s, advances in breeding and management practices have made corn and soybean more resilient to extreme heat and drought. However, there is a cost for it. Crop productivity with respect to the normal temperature and precipitation is getting lower,” says Chengzheng Yu, doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at the University of Illinois and lead author on the new paper, published in Scientific Reports.

Yu, Khanna, and co-author Ruiqing Miao, Auburn University, studied corn and  from 1951 to 2017 in the eastern part of the U.S., an area where crops can grow without irrigation. Crop yield increased significantly during this period due to a wide range of technological and breeding improvements.

Read more on:, Eurasia Review, Seed World, Azo Clean Tech, Wisconsin State Farmer, Morning Ag Clips, Science Daily, Environmental News Network, & Soybean South

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • The Pandemic Recession Has Pushed a Further 9.8 Million Americans Into Food Insecurity
    By: The Good Men Project - July 19, 2021
  • What Is Shrinkflation? The Sneaky Way Manufacturers Are Raising Prices
    By: WebMD - July 28, 2021

Soumya Balasubramanya, International Water Management Institute

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

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

  • A world of hurt: 2021 climate disasters raise alarm over food security
    By: Mongabay - August 4, 2021
  • The U.S. Wheat Crop Is in Trouble
    By: Gizmodo - July 13, 2021

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Xiang Bi, Government Accountability Office

How toxic facility relocation depends on community pressure

By: & Science Magazine - July 21, 2021

“Current studies usually focus on the question of where new plants choose to locate. Our research looks at whether facilities make relocation decisions based on the socioeconomic characteristics of the community,” explains Xiao Wang, graduate student alum from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at U of I and lead author on the paper. Co-authors include Madhu Khanna, ACES distinguished professor in ACE; George Deltas, Department of Economics at U of I; and Xiang Bi, University of Florida.

Read more on: & Science Magazine

Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Do meal kits reduce food waste? USDA explores potential amid rise in plant-based convenience foods
    By: Food Ingredients First - July 29, 2021
  • Longer lunch breaks can encourage kids to eat more fruits, vegetables: Study
    By: DT Next - July 25, 2021

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

War between America, China over Taiwan's future: Economic impacts, deterrents

By: Rochester Business Journal - July 26, 2021

The Economist recently opined that Taiwan is the most dangerous in the world. When viewed through the lens of superpower politics, this description is apt because of four interrelated reasons.

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University
Lixia Lambert, Oklahoma State University

River, stream not potable; city water is

By: Tahlequah Daily Press - August 6, 2021

A recent report by OSU Extension, compiled by Courtney Bir, farm management specialist, and Lixia H. Lambert, assistant professor, Cherokee and Pottawatomie counties had the highest violation count during a recent study on water quality in the state.

Read more on: Tahlequah Daily Press

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

The Garsts, with deep roots in Iowa agriculture, want the buyers of 2,000 acres to continue family’s legacy

By: Des Moines Register - August 11, 2021

Wendong Zhang discusses that the recent farmland value surge made it possible for this year’s value to beat the record set in 2013.

Read more on: Des Moines Register


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