Monday, December 13, 2021

Members in the News: Kolodinsky, Whitacre, Biedny, Coppess, Irwin, Urbanchuk, Schnitkey, Roe, Scheitrum, Anderson, Chakraborty, Hu, Penn, et al.

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

Inflation is hurting rural Americans more than city folk — here's why

By: CBS News - December 2, 2021

Rural dwellers also generally spend more on transportation because they travel longer distances, said Jane Kolodinsky, director of the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. That raises the cost of shipping food, fuel and other goods to rural consumers, making those items pricier, she noted.

Watch video on: CBS News

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University
Christina Biedny, Oklahoma State University

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

By: The Conversation - December 2, 2021

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into expanding broadband internet access. But it’s at the state level where the financial rubber meets the fiber-optic road. History suggests some states are ahead of the game while others will have to play catch-up.

Watch video on: The Conversation

Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Urbanchuk, Delaware Valley University

Happy days are here again for the ethanol industry

By: Successful Farming - November 22, 2021

Scott Irwin, Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said the rapid rise in ethanol plant profits has brought smiles to ethanol plant operators and owners across the United States. “Happy days are here again is an accurate statement right now,” Irwin told Successful Farming in a telephone interview.

In Iowa, the No. 1 ethanol- and corn-producing state, 57% of the state’s 1.3 billion bushels of corn were used to make 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol produced in Iowa in 2020 during a pandemic-induced slowdown in ethanol production, according to a report prepared for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association by John Urbanchuk, managing partner of ABF Economics in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Read more on: Successful Farming

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Will the Cost to Produce Corn Decrease after 2022?

By: Crop Producer - November 29, 2021

Consumer costs in the U.S. have been increasing in a widespread incidence of inflation. Consistent with rising costs across many industries, the cost of producing corn will also increase in 2022. Although currently in a period of increasing costs, decreases in production costs could happen in years after 2022. Using history as a guide, one would expect cost decreases if corn prices decline, with fertilizer potentially being the area of most significant reductions.

Read more on: Crop Producer

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University

  • ‘Ugly food’ no more: Try ‘natural and authentic’ instead
    By: TRT World - December 3, 2021
  • Explaining the value of misshapen vegetables could help improve sales of "ugly" food
    By: AZO Life Sciences - December 3, 2021

Dan Scheitrum, University of Arizona

“University of Arizona Research Project Discovers Consumer Demand for Specialty Bell Peppers”

By: Perishable News - December 3, 2021

Agtools® provided an excellent platform to access both “real-time” information as well as historical series. “Feeding data to the Agtools® platform streamlined the data collection process for my analysis and allowed me to focus efforts on investigating market issues rather than data harvesting,” said Dan Scheitrum, Assistant Professor Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics.

Read more on: Perishable News

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Will more meat packing capacity help avoid future disruptions?

By: Ag Week - December 4, 2021

“I was a little surprised by how quickly the system got back to some semblance of normal,” said economist John Anderson of the University of Arkansas Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, who is the lead author on the paper published this week in Applied Animal Science. “I thought that the lag in production would be bigger and last longer.”

Read more on: Ag Week

Avinandan Chakraborty, University of New Mexico

Recreational cannabis legalization increases employment in counties with dispensaries

By: - December 3, 2021

Employment increased, particularly in manufacturing, in response to dispensaries opening in a county. Author Avinandan Chakraborty explains, "In terms of jobs, it is clearly the counties with the recreational dispensaries that benefitted most after Colorado legalized adult-use cannabis."

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Wuyang Hu, The Ohio State University

  • Giving shoppers a nudge to forgo plastic bags
    By: - November 29, 2021
  • With bans or fees off the table, study suggests nudge can reduce plastic bags
    By: Ohio Capital Journal - December 6, 2021

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

  • Baby Calf It's Cold Outside!
    By: Drovers - December 7, 2021
  • OSU receives $500,000 grant to bolster locally sourced meat
    By: Morning Ag Clips & Oklahoma Farm Report - December 7, 2021
  • Grant Aims To Help Oklahoma Farmers, Ranchers Sell Directly To Customers
    By: News On 6 - December 6, 2021

Wendiam Sawadgo, Auburn University

Supply-chain, weather issues mean late harvests for Alabama farmers

By: Alabama Daily News & Decatur Daily - December 6, 2021

Dr. Wendiam Sawadgo, an Auburn assistant professor of agricultural economics, said producers are spending more on harvesting, and likely will on planting in the spring, too. Fuel costs were up 32% last month compared to October 2020, and machinery costs are up about 14%.

Read more on: Alabama Daily News & Decatur Daily

Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University

As food prices rise, some point to federal relief as one of many culprits

By: Galveston County Daily News - December 3, 2021

Food prices have been steadily rising over the past year, said Stephen Devadoss, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University. For meat, dairy and some vegetable products, prices could be as much as 20 percent higher than they were pre-pandemic, he said. Initial jumps in the prices happened with COVID-related shutdowns, he said. “Some of those processing plants could not operate for several months,” Devadoss said. “That caused a huge problem in the supply of meat coming to the grocery stores. Consequently, the prices went up.”

Read more on: Galveston County Daily News

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Yongjie Ji, CARD

Supply-chain, weather issues mean late harvests for Alabama farmers

By: The Daily Nonpareil - December 8, 2021

“In terms of lake expenditures, compared to the $983 million dollars of direct spending in 2014 (equivalent to $1.059 billion in inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars), the estimated total direct spending associated with single-day trip visits to Iowa’s lakes in 2019 was $1.023 billion dollars, with an average total expense per lake of $7.4 million dollars,” said Wendong Zhang, an assistant professor of economics at Iowa State’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development who helped conduct the study.

Wan, Ji, and Zhang worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on the 2019 Iowa Lakes Survey, which provided the data for their study. The survey was previously conducted every year from 2002 to 2005, and in 2009 and 2014. Ji said the 2019 survey was sent to 7,000 households in Iowa and, for the first time, states bordering Iowa.

Read more on: The Daily Nonpareil

Seth Meyer, USDA

USDA Announces Agricultural Outlook Forum Theme and Program

By: The Greeneville Sun - December 7, 2021

The forum will begin with a presentation by USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer on the department’s outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade for 2022 and the U.S. farm income situation. Vilsack will deliver the keynote address followed by a panel of guest speakers.

Read more on: The Greeneville Sun

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