Monday, November 8, 2021

Members in the News: Malone, Sexton, Hart, Dorfman, Ortiz-Bobea, Goodwin, Bir, Khanna, Plastina, Cash, DeLong, Johansson, Schnitkey, Schweizer, et al.

Trey Malone, Michigan State University
Richard Sexton, University of California, Davis

Pork is already super expensive. This new animal-welfare law could push prices higher

By: CNN - October 17, 2021

"By and large, there are going to be long-term impacts from this, no matter what," said Trey Malone, an assistant professor at Michigan State University's Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. "This is something that the entire agricultural industry is paying close attention to."

"There may be a brief period of disruption [when the regulations start Jan. 1], but nothing like the apocalyptic predictions of significant long-term shortages or drastically higher prices," Richard J. Sexton, report co-author and distinguished professor of agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis, told CNN Business.

Read more on: CNN

Chad Hart, Iowa State University

Russian hackers target Iowa grain co-op in $5.9 million ransomware attack

By: The Washington Post - September 21, 2021

“I think we’ll see some small ripples,” Chad Hart, an Iowa State University agricultural economist, said about the hack, “but not necessarily because New Cooperative is so large. It’s because the whole grain-handling system is wondering if that will happen to them. Who will be the next to be hit?”

Watch video on: The Washington Post

Jeffrey Dorfman, University of Georgia

The Hidden Costs of Living Alone

By: The Atlantic - October 20, 2021

The difficulties of living alone tend to lie more on a societal level, outside the realm of personal decision making. For one thing, having a partner makes big and small expenditures much more affordable, whether it’s a down payment on a house, rent, day care, utility bills, or other overhead costs of daily life. One recent study estimated that, for a couple, living separately is about 28 percent more expensive than living together.

Read more on: The Atlantic

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

Climate change is coming for the supermarket

By: Salon - November 4, 2021

"Farmers are doing the best given the technologies they have access to," Ortiz-Bobea wrote. "What is important to recognize is that agricultural innovation, the creation of new seed varieties, machineries, processes to produce more food with fewer inputs, is largely done 'off-farm' in private companies or in labs of universities and international organizations. Also investments in research and development today will bear fruits many years later."

Read more on: Salon

Barry Goodwin, North Carolina State University

Saving America’s Bacon from California’s Prop 12

By: PORK - October 22, 2021

A study of the initiative’s impact on the pork industry conducted by North Carolina State University agricultural economist Barry Goodwin found construction costs alone for building a new 5,200-sow operation would be $15.6 million; retrofitting existing barns would cost an average of $10 per pig, or $770 million for the industry’s 77 million sows.

Read more on: PORK

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Growing crops under solar panels: agrivoltaics takes off
    By: Energy Source & Distribution - October 18, 2021
  • USDA-Backed Agrivoltaics Project to Use New NCSA Supercomputer
    By: HPC Wire - October 28, 2021
  • U of Illinois Receives $10 Million Grant to Examine How Crops, Solar Can Occupy Same Space
    By: AgriMarketing - November 2, 2021
  • UI-led team gets $10 million to investigate crop, solar-panel combo
    By: The News-Gazette & Effingham Daily News - October 14, 2021

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University

  • Dollars in the dirt: Big Ag pays farmers for control of their soil-bound carbon
    By: Yahoo Finance & Reuters - October 25, 2021
  • Economist compares carbon credit, ecosystem service programs
    By: Wallaces Farmer - August 3, 2021

Sean Cash, Tufts University

Coffee Could Start Tasting Worse Thanks to Climate Change

By: Food & Wine - October 27, 2021

"A subpar cup of coffee has economic implications as well as sensory ones. Factors that influence coffee production have great impacts on buyers' interest, the price of coffee, and ultimately the livelihoods of the farmers who grow it," Sean Cash, an economist and professor at Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the senior author on the study, explained. "If we can understand the science of these changes, we might help farmers and other stakeholders better manage coffee production in the face of this and future challenges."

Read more on: Food & Wine

Karen DeLong, University of Tennessee
Robert Johansson, American Sugar Alliance

Study Rejects Candy Lobby's Long-Held Accusations

By: Sugar Producer - October 29, 2021

Karen DeLong and Carlos Trejo-Pech, of the university's Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, found that the retail cost of sweetened products, such as candy and baked goods, is not affected by the price that the food manufacturers pay for sugar. In fact, the researchers noted that sugar generally accounts for less than 2.6 percent of sweetened product prices.

"This study shows that there is little-to-no correlation between changes in sugar prices and the prices that grocery shoppers ultimately pay for sweet treats," explained Rob Johansson, director of economics and policy analysis for the American Sugar Alliance, which commissioned the work. 

Read more on: Sugar Producer

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2022 Planting Decisions, Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices, and Corn and Soybean Prices, By Gary Schnitkey

By: Crop Producer - October 20, 2021

For 2022, planting decisions relative to corn and soybeans are likely more complicated than usual due to rising production costs and uncertainties about commodity and fertilizer prices. Higher priced nitrogen fertilizer, used more heavily on corn acres, will require corn prices to be higher relative to soybean prices than historically. 

Read more on: Crop Producer

Heidi Schweizer, North Carolina State University

Yes, People Are Now Trading and Investing in Water as a Commodity

By: Discover Magazine - October 23, 2021

Its advocates claim that futures water trading could better align water supply and demand in the face of growing scarcity. For instance, University of California, Berkeley’s Ellen Bruno and North Carolina State’s Heidi Schweizer, both agricultural economists, say trading water futures is simply about the price of water. Investors do not acquire water rights from municipalities or indigenous groups.

Read more on: Discover Magazine

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

To Label or Not to Label - A Discussion on GM Foods

By: Food FOCUS Podcast - October 25, 2021

Labelling foods with genetically modified ingredients has been a contentious debate. Some argue labelling is unnecessary and causes undue alarm. Others suggest consumers have a right to know. There remains a question as to whether it matters to consumers and whether labels will make any difference at all even if we do label. In this episode Mike chats with Dr Jane Kolodinsky of the University of Vermont to get her perspective on the issue.

Read more on: Food FOCUS Podcast

Lisa House, University of Florida
Yan Heng, University of Florida

As holidays near, research notes differences in countries’ food-waste

By: Morning Ag Clips - November 1, 2021

“Buying more food than needed during the holidays will definitely be a major reason for food waste,” said Yan Heng, an assistant research scientist in food and resource economics, who led the study along with UF/IFAS professor Lisa House. “Several factors also lead to food waste at the household level, particularly for U.S. respondents.”

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Heading to the gas pump? Local experts weigh in on why you’ll be spending more
    By: Rochester First - October 25, 2021
  • Connections: Why is there a labor shortage?
    By: WXXI - October 26, 2021

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Cattle producers ask: Where’s the beef profits?

By: High Plains Journal - October 29, 2021

Glynn Tonsor, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, said price discovery is the process, not the actual price, where buyers and sellers arrive at a transaction. “The topic has long been misunderstood and unfortunately confounded with the price determination (or price level).”

Read more on: High Plains Journal

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