Monday, December 20, 2021

Members in the News: Thilmany, MacDonald, Kolodinsky, Kuethe, Piggott, Bastian, Whitacre, Biedny, Batabyal, Kalambokidis, Mintert, & Hatzenbuehler

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
James MacDonald, University of Maryland
Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

The Growing Revolution

By: The Nation - December 14, 2021

Starting any farm is a crapshoot, but Reginaldo and Amy Haslett-Marroquin went the hard way right from the start. In the fall of 2020, they bought 75 acres south of Minneapolis to expand their chicken-farming operation. Rather than take a guaranteed contract with one of the corporate brands, like Tyson or Pilgrim’s Pride, they’re raising organic broilers in an agroforestry system and marketing them under their own label, Tree-Range.

Watch video on: The Nation

Todd Kuethe, Purdue University

Farmland Draws Investor Interest With Inflation Running Hot

By: Bloomberg - December 13, 2021

Agricultural land has become attractive to institutional investors and wealthy families in recent years because returns tend to be stable and weakly correlated with other asset classes, according to Purdue University agricultural economist Todd Kuethe. More investors are now seeking it out as a potential hedge against inflation, asset managers say, with consumer prices rising at the fastest pace in decades.

Watch video on: Bloomberg

Nicholas Piggott, North Carolina State University

A profitable 2022, but with a caveat

By: Southeast Farm Press - December 13, 2021

North Carolina State University Extension Economist Nick Piggott sees a profitable 2022 for corn, soybean, and wheat producers. However, he cautions there is some uncertainty about profitability with rising input costs of seed, fuel, and fertilizer that will impact returns,. The question remains “by how much?”

Read more on: Southeast Farm Press

Christopher Bastian, University of Wyoming

Economists question current anti-money-laundering measures

By: - December 10, 2021

"I think the question in the real world is, "Is that 20 percent above or below what we actually see in these product markets?" And that's data we just don't have," Bastian says. "But I think the reality is, if you were somebody involved in that market, our research points to if we can give you the perception the risk is relatively high, that may alter your behavior."

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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: Technically Media - December 10, 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: Technically Media

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Laura Kalambokidis, University of Minnesota

  • Credit Minnesota's growing economy for its record state budget surplus
    By: Twin Cities Pioneer Press - December 7, 2021
  • How do you solve a problem like an extra $7.75 billion? 
    By: MinnPost - December 7, 2021
  • Minnesota projected to have historic $7.7 billion budget surplus
    By: Star Tribune - December 7, 2021

James Mintert, Purdue University

Farmer sentiment weakens as production cost concerns mount

By: Greensburg Daily News - December 13, 2021

“Farmers are facing sharp rises in production costs coinciding with fluctuating crop and livestock prices, the prospect of changing environmental and tax policy, uncertainty over COVID-19, as well as a host of other issues, all of which are negatively impacting farmer sentiment,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Read more on: Greensburg Daily News

Patrick Hatzenbuehler, University of Idaho

Climate Change Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Idaho

By: Big Country News - December 14, 2021

“Idaho is geographically unique,” said Patrick Hatzenbuehler, U of I assistant professor of agricultural economics, Extension specialist in crops economics and co-author of the agriculture report. “Having Idaho-specific data will help the different communities across Idaho respond to regionally specific challenges presented by climate trends,” he said.

Read more on: Big Country News

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