Monday, October 18, 2021

Members in the News: Kuethe, Roe, Wilson, Ellison, Koontz, Devadoss, Mintert, Ortega, Mark, McFadden, Yun, Khanna, Van Tassell, Stevens, Fischer, Outlaw, Bolotova, & AEPP

Todd Kuethe, Purdue University

Farmland is valuable, but buying it is tricky for fund investors

By: The New York Times & The Baltimore Sun - October 10, 2021

Farmland, in contrast, is barely correlated with the stock market, according to an analysis by Todd H. Kuethe, an agricultural economist at Purdue University. So owning farm acreage could add diversification to a stock portfolio, as the land value could zig when the market zagged.

Read more on: The New York Times & The Baltimore Sun

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
Norbert Wilson, Duke University
Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

$15 million grant is awarded to university researchers finding solution to food waste

By: The Washington Post - September 30, 2021

Researchers consider those people as key in pinpointing where and why food is wasted then how to prevent it. “We realize that the food system is for everybody and the network has to reflect that and get ideas, information and viewpoints from everyone in the food system in order to be successful,” said Roe. “That’s really kind of a foundational value of this research network.”

Read more on: The Washington Post

Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University

Government interference in beef & cattle markets has consequences

By: AGDAILY - October 7, 2021

Dr. Stephen R. Koontz, Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University found, “The short-term impact for a policy most like that being considered is a $2.5 billion negative impact in the first year and a cumulative negative impact of $16 billion over 10 years, inflated to 2021 dollars. This cost is leveled mainly on cattle producers,” said Koontz. “The 50/14 proposal would have these negative impacts and the 30/14 would have similar negative impacts albeit approximately halved.”

Watch video on: AGDAILY

Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University

Rising Temperatures Could Make Milk More Expensive Experts Explain Why.

By: eDairy News - October 7, 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: eDairy News

James Mintert, Purdue University

Farmer sentiment declines, inflation expectations jump

By: Dairy Business - October 8, 2021

“Although the combined responses left the Farm Financial Performance Index unchanged from a month earlier, the increasing divergence in expectations among respondents from August to September could reflect differences in how individual farms managed risk in a period of rapidly fluctuating commodity prices,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Read more on: Dairy Business

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Global food prices hit their highest level in a DECADE, with US seeing prices of meat, poultry, fish and eggs rocketing by 15.7% in two years as experts warn soaring energy costs could drive them even higher

By: Daily Mail - October 11, 2021

'Consumer behavior is changing and demand is increasing as consumers are starting to re-re-emerge from this latest surge of covid cases,' Ortega told 'There are some serious supply chain logistic issues which are affecting shipping and transportation times that are adding to rising costs. Labor shortages and rising wages are also partly to blame.'

Read more on: Daily Mail

Tyler Mark, University of Kentucky
Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Seong Du Yun, Mississippi State University

Central State University Receives $10 Million Award From The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

By: Dayton Business News - October 6, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, $4 million for the first two years of a $10 million Sustainable Agriculture Systems (SAS) project.

Other partners on this project include Mr. Brian Kowalkowski (CMN), Dr. Waldemar Rossi (KSU), Dr. Tyler Mark (UK), Dr. Brandon McFadden (UDel), and Dr. Seong Yun (MSU).

Read more on: Dayton Business News

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Increasing farm profitability with solar power

By: Morning Ag Clips - October 10, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is funding a new project led by iSEE Interim Director Madhu Khanna to optimize design for “agrivoltaic” systems — fields with both crops and solar panels — that will maintain crop production, produce renewable energy, and increase farm profitability.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Larry Van Tassell, University of Nebrasksa-Lincoln

Conservation practices popular on Nebraska farms

By: Nebraska Farmer - October 11, 2021

Larry Van Tassell, director of the Center for Agricultural Profitability, attributes the increase in cover crop use, in part, to the rising recognition of their ecological advantages and government incentives for producers.

“The environmental and soil-quality benefits, coupled with the cost-share programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, have helped to drive the appeal of cover crops, in particular,” he says.

Read more on: Nebraska Farmer

Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin

New UW-led $10M project to study, support diverse perennial forage systems

By: Wisconsin State Farmer - October 11, 2021

“We will also analyze the economic conditions, social structures and public policies that hinder the adoption of diverse perennial forage systems, and develop strategies to overcome these constraints,” says co-project director Andrew Stevens, assistant professor in the UW–Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Read more on: Wisconsin State Farmer

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

Experts weigh in on fed cattle markets at request of Congress

By: The Fence Post - October 8, 2021

Bart L. Fischer, a research assistant with Texas A&M (TAMU) AgriLife Research, and Joe L. Outlaw, Regents Fellow, professor, and Extension economist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, who are co-directors of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at TAMU, compiled the key findings from the evaluation.

“While not necessarily a popular position, most economic research confirms that the benefits to cattle producers due to economies of size in packing largely offset the costs associated with any market power exerted by packers,” they wrote. “Research indicates that there is market power, but its effect has been small.”

Read more on: The Fence Post

Yuliya Bolotova, Clemson University
Applied Economics Perspectives & Policy

Competition Issues in the U.S. Beef Industry: Market Concentration, Market Power, and Price-Fixing

By: WPGX - Fox 28, WBOC, The Luxury Chronicle, Latin Trade, Sangri  Times, Journal News Today, One News Page, Business Class News, News Blaze, Next Wave Group, Seed Daily, Magazines Today, & Benzinga - October 11, 2021

In the recent article "Competition Issues in the United States Beef Industry," featured in the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy Yuliya Bolotova, a former Assistant Professor from Clemson University, analyzes the U.S. beef industry dynamics in light of the alleged input and output price-fixing cartel of the four largest beef packers and highlights relevant competition (antitrust) policy issues.

Read more on: WPGX - Fox 28WBOC, The Luxury Chronicle, Latin Trade, Sangri Times, Journal News Today, One News PageBusiness Class News, News Blaze, Next Wave Group, Seed Daily, Magazines Today, & Benzinga


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