Monday, November 29, 2021

Members in the News: Taylor, Kolodinsky, Glauber, Vos, Anderson, Schnitkey, Ortega, Lusk, Conroy, Frisvold, Beghin, & AEPP

J. Edward Taylor, University of California, Davis

For poor farmworkers, there is no escape from heat, high prices of California

By: Los Angeles Times - November 22, 2021

Edward Taylor, distinguished professor at UC Davis’ Agriculture and Resource Economics department, said to his knowledge there isn’t a study that statistically links harvest migration to extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest. But he found it interesting and worth studying because whatever makes migration less attractive makes people migrate less.

Watch video on: Los Angeles Times

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

The infrastructure bill is on the president’s desk. What’s in it for rural America?

By: Marketplace - November 15, 2021

For some local governments, Kolodinsky said the infrastructure bill will provide the first opportunity to carry out big infrastructure projects like broadband expansion. 

“Some of these projects are going to be very successful, and probably others might flounder,” she said. “It’s up to the communities to really step up to this opportunity.”

Watch video on: Marketplace

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

Rob Vos, IFPRI

Could Elon Musk really solve world hunger?

By: NPR Wisconsin Public Radio - November 3, 2021

How do we look at hunger? One way is people who don't have enough food (chronic hunger). Elon Musk has about 300 billion dollars. If he's willing to give it all away is great, but how do you take it to the right places. "There is a balancing act of government, regulatory frameworks, and social protections." You can't pay off world hunger because there are a lot of systems. Vos said, "We have to change behavior--what we eat, what we consume; producers--what we invest in; governments--where we put our money."

Read more on: NPR Wisconsin Public Radio

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Strengthening the food supply chain in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - November 23, 2021

The meat processing sector also experienced "a significant increase in production and price risks and a dramatic widening of marketing margins," according to Anderson. These insecurities encouraged building the resilience of the food supply chain. The authors pointed out that larger commercial firms have the advantage of increasing resilience through improved efficiency, adoption of technology, and global marketing.

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Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Expensive inputs and strong demand send fertilizer prices through the roof

By: Chemical & Engineering News - November 17, 2021

On the other side of the equation, prices for major crops like corn and soybeans are also very high right now. Gary Schnitkey, an economist at the University of Illinois who analyzes farming costs, says farmers are eager to take advantage of those prices, which is increasing demand for fertilizer to be used this fall and next spring.

Read more on: Chemical & Engineering News

David Ortega, Michigan State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Americans are spending 14% more on their Thanksgiving feasts as the nation continues to battle supply chain disruptions and runaway inflation

By: Tech-Gate & Station Gossip - November 20, 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 said at the time. '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.'

‘If you look at turkey, for example, feed has been more expensive,’ Lusk told in late October. ‘Corn and soybean is more expensive than they were a year or so ago. And so it’s more costly to produce meat, and particularly in the meat sector labor costs have increased.’

Read more on: Tech-Gate & Station Gossip

Tessa Conroy, University of Wisconsin

The pandemic created a boom of small businesses, but the road to success is filled with obstacles

By: Wisconsin Public Radio via NPR & Urban Milwaukee - November 19, 2021

"I will definitely be keeping an eye out to see, you know, do those turn into real operational businesses?" said Conroy. "Is it the case that if the economy, you know, expands, and there are opportunities for people to go back to their old positions, might some of this entrepreneurial activity fade if people go back to what they were doing before?"

Read more on: Wisconsin Public Radio via NPR & Urban Milwaukee

George Frisvold, University of Arizona

The economics and community of food

By: Arizona Public Radio - November 19, 2021

While demand for food at restaurants and schools plummeted, it rose at grocery stores, said George Frisvold, an economist at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Huge shocks in prices in commodity markets for the raw commodities isn’t that unusual. What’s unusual now is it’s filtering down to the retail level,” he said.

Read more on: Arizona Public Radio

John Beghin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Can foods produced with new plant engineering techniques succeed in the marketplace?

By: Fox 28 - November 23, 2021

In the new article "Can foods produced with new plant engineering techniques succeed in the marketplace? A case study of apples" published in AEPP, Stéphan Marette, John C. Beghin, , Anne-Célia Disdier, and Eliza Mojduszka, identify the conditions under which markets for New Plant Engineering Techniques (NPETs) food derive from.

Read more on: Fox 28

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