Monday, October 11, 2021

Member in the News: Devadoss, Lusk, Koontz, Anderson, McKenzie, Zhang, Fischer, Batabyal, Sawadgo, Schroeder, Coffey, Tonsor, Gundersen, et al.

Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University

Rising temperatures could make milk more expensive. Experts explain why.

By: USA Today & Detroit Free Press - October 4, 2021

Stephen Devadoss, the Emabeth Thompson endowed professor at Texas Tech University, emphasized that warming temperatures could hit small farms the hardest because of the costs of keeping cows cool with fans and more.

Read more on: USA Today & Detroit Free Press

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

The price of meat is going up. Ranchers and corporations are split on why.

By: NBC News - October 2, 2021

Jayson Lusk, the head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, testified before Congress that it should work to anticipate future challenges, rather than address shortages in the system caused by the pandemic. 

Read more on: NBC News

Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University
Jonathon Anderson, University of Arkansas
Andrew McKenzie, University of Arkansas

Government Interference in Beef & Cattle Markets Has Unintended Consequences

By: AgriMarketing - October 6, 2021

In response to a bipartisan request from the House Agriculture Committee, Texas A&M University has completed a comprehensive report on the U.S. cattle and beef markets written by leading economists across the country. Among its key findings is that proposals increasing government intervention and mandates will cost livestock producers billions of dollars.

Watch video on: AgriMarketing

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Foreign Hand

By: Earth Island Journal - Autumn 2021

A major trigger for the increase was the 2008 economic recession, when the stock market collapse led foreign entities to seek alternative investments. In farmland, they found a lucrative option, says Wendong Zhang, an economics professor at Iowa State University. Some of the biggest purchasers of land are investment and pension funds, which see farmland as a valuable asset in a larger investment portfolio.

Read more on: Earth Island Journal

Bart Fischer, Texas A&M University

Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M Releases Book on the Current Cattle Market Challenges

By: Oklahoma Farm Report - October 5, 2021

“This is the product of a collaboration between the AFPC and the Office of the Chief Economist at the USDA,” said Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of AFPC and one of the book’s editors. “The work originated from a request by the bipartisan leadership of the Committee on Agriculture in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 116th Congress.”

Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Chinese Communist Party’s succession problem matters

By: Rochester Business Journal - October 5, 2021

It has become fashionable for some scholars of China to claim that the political system in that nation, led by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has become institutionalized over time. What this claim means is that there exist rules that govern how leaders are selected and promoted. 

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

Wendiam Sawadgo, Auburn University

Consumers see red, meatpackers see green as beef prices surge

By: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - September 30, 2021

Wendiam Sawadgo, an assistant professor and farm extension economist at Auburn University, said consumers benefit from meatpackers consolidation because it helps keep production costs down.

Read more on: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Brian Coffey, Kansas State University
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

K-State ag economists evaluate price discovery in cattle markets

By: High Plains Journal - October 3, 2021

Kansas State University agricultural economists say that short-term disruptions in the fed cattle and beef industries have not changed longer-term motivations for how buyers and sellers establish prices for cattle.

Read more on: High Plains Journal

Craig Gundersen, Auburn University

$1.5 million endowed chair gift brings food economist to Baylor hunger effort

By: Waco-Tribune Herald - October 4, 2021

Economist Craig Gundersen will be the first Jim and Tammy Snee Family Chair in Food Security at Baylor University. Hormel Foods CEO Jim Snee and his wife donated $1.5 million to create the endowed faculty position last month.

Read more on: Waco-Tribune Herald

Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University

Assessing global market potential for Texas agricultural commodities

By: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - October 2, 2021

“The U.S. is the largest agricultural exporter in the world, and 95% of the world’s population is outside the U.S., so we are helping feed the world,” said CNAS director Luis Ribera, Ph.D.,  Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bryan-College Station. “Opening new markets and/or expanding our export share in the world is important to U.S. and Texas producers in that about one-third of U.S. farm income comes from exports.”

Read more on: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Jeff Reimer, Oregon State University

Oregon agriculture, fiber and food sector exceeds $42 billion

By: Lebanon Express - October 1, 2021

“The report provides a snapshot of where the Oregon agriculture, food and fiber sector stands,” said Jeff Reimer, a professor of applied economics and one of the authors of the report. “We’re able to do this analysis that shows linkages that wouldn’t be apparent if you were just looking at statistics about the economy.”

Read more on: Lebanon Express

Bart Fischer, Texas A&M University
Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University
David Anderson, Texas A&M University

Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M leads collaborative effort

By: North Texas e-News - October 6, 2021

In response to a request from Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, AFPC, at the Department of Agricultural Economics in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have completed an extensive report on the U.S. cattle market, including information on supply chain disruptions.

Read more on: North Texas e-News

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
Alexandria Hill, Colorado University

Area farmers begin harvesting amid price slump

By: La Junta Tribune-Democrat - October 6, 2021

CSU has formed a special labor issues working group, which continues to expand and bring in additional expertise from across multiple academic disciplines, according to Dawn Thilmany, a professor and outreach coordinator in food systems economics.

Small- to medium-sized produce farms and dairies are the two agricultural sectors that are expected to feel the biggest impact from the new labor law, according to Ali Hill, an assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics.

Read more on: La Junta Tribune-Democrat


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