Monday, January 3, 2022

Members in the News: Mintert, Hatzenbuehler, Lusk, Wilson, Schnitkey, Zulauf, Zhang, Wahdat, Martinez, Mishra, Dsouza, Arita, Grant, Ahn, et al.

James Mintert, Purdue University

US producer pessimism grows

By: The Poultry Site - December 19, 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.

Watch video on: The Poultry Site

Patrick Hatzenbuehler, University of Idaho

Climate change presents challenges and opportunities for Idaho

By: Potato News Today - December 19, 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.

Watch video on: Potato News Today

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Mandatory GE Labeling Starts in the U.S. on Jan. 1. Here’s Why and How it Works

By: Germination - December 15, 2021

“Companies can even just list the product name and put in parentheses the disclosure,” Lusk says. “How manufacturers and retailers choose to label is probably going to determine a lot of how consumers respond and react to it.”

Read more on: Germination

William Wilson, North Dakota State University

U.S. agricultural exports face strong competition as countries around the world ramp up their trading games

By: Ag Week - December 16, 2021

Both the challenges and the opportunities that the United States face in the global marketplace are the result of competition that has increased greatly over the past 50 years, as the U.S. share of soybean, corn and wheat exports have dropped and those of its competitors have risen, said William “Bill” Wilson, North Dakota State University agribusiness and applied economics professor.

Read more on: Ag Week

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University

Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices Above Expected Levels

By: Crop Producer & - December 16, 2021

Nitrogen fertilizer prices are positively related to corn and natural gas prices. Because of current high corn and natural gas prices, one would expect nitrogen prices also to be high. However, in recent months, anhydrous ammonia prices have exceeded levels one would expect, even given higher corn and natural gas prices. Supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Ida may help explain recent high prices, but other factors could also be in play. In any case, high nitrogen fertilizer prices are likely into the spring, which suggests that large reductions in nitrogen rates need to occur.

Watch video on: Crop Producer &

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

  • Iowa farmland value jumps 29 percent in 2021
    By: Who Radio - December 14, 2021
  • Farmland value leaps 29% in Iowa, soars even higher in local counties
    By: Telegraph Herald - December 15, 2021
  • Iowa farmland values soaring, survey finds
    By: The Gazette - December 14, 2021

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Ahmad Wahdat, Purdue University

Purdue dashboard shows “Achilles heel” of food supply chain

By: Fox59 - December 17, 2021

“If a key link is weakened, it impacts the strength of the entire chain,” said Jayson Lusk, a food and agricultural economist at Purdue University. “Our research identified the most vulnerable points and it also highlights the importance of diversifying. If multiple suppliers of needed inputs are used, it is like doubling up links at critical points in the chain.”

“The meat industry had the lowest diversity score,” Wahdat said in a press release. “Around $163 billion worth of input purchases are exposed to upstream industries and labor. Of this, animal production, or farms, and labor across production and transportation are the dominant sources of vulnerability. So, events like a pandemic, natural disaster or animal illness can jeopardize the output of the meat industry, as we have seen.”

Read more on: Fox59

Charley Martinez, University of Tennessee

Programs for Beginning and Lifelong Farmers Offered Through Extension in Rutherford County

By: WGNS Radio - December 14, 2021

The need for the Farming Fundamentals program was largely identified through the Master Farm Manager Program, which is another educational opportunity for producers in all areas of agriculture. “In the first year of the Master Farm Manager Program, class surveys showed that 27% of the participants had five years or less of farming experience. The objective of this program is to help beginning producers build a strong foundation for their agricultural enterprise,” says Dr. Charley Martinez, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics leading the efforts for new and beginning farmer programming. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with our agents and specialists to develop this program for our producers in Tennessee.”

Read more on: WGNS Radio

Ashok Mishra, Arizona State University
Alwin Dsouza, Arkansas Tech University

What's the Impact of Contract Farming on Profits and Food Losses of Okra Growers?

By: WBOC, The Luxury Chronicle, Seed Daily, Magazines Today & One News Page - December 15, 2021

In the new article "Vertical coordination and post-harvest losses: Implications on food loss" published in the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Ashok Mishra and Scott Webster from the Arizona State University, as well as Alwin Dsouza from Arkansas Tech University, find what the impact of contract farming has on profits and post-harvest losses of smallholder okra growers.

Read more on: WBOC, The Luxury Chronicle, Seed Daily, Magazines Today & One News Page

Shawn Arita, USDA Office of the Chief Economist
Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
Soojung Ahn, University of Connecticut
Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut
Ly Nguyen, University of Florida
Andrew Schmitz, University of Florida

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Agricultural Markets, and Trade

By: WTNZ Fox 43, KMLK, 3WZFM, SNN News, Magazines Today, News Blaze, & WPGX Fox 28  - December 16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a dual shock affecting both supply and demand for agricultural and food products. Measures to control the spread of the disease involved many supply-chain-related activities, including production, processing, logistics, and retailing. 

Read more on: WTNZ Fox 43, KMLK, 3WZFM, SNN News, Magazines Today, News Blaze, & WPGX Fox 28

Aaron Smith, University of Tennessee
Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee
Kimberly Jensen, University of Tennessee
David Hughes, University of Tennessee
Sreedhar Upendram, University of Tennessee

Report to the Governor Reveals Gains in All Major Agricultural Sectors

By: WGNS Radio & The Knoxville Focus - December 17, 2021

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture outline gains in all major agricultural sectors in this year’s economic report to the governor, a marked improvement from the previous fiscal year that reflected depressed global demand for U.S. exports tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued trade tensions.

Read more on: WGNS Radio & The Knoxville Focus

Yan Bai, Tufts University
Jessica Wallingford, Tufts University
William Masters, Tufts University

Food Prices and the Affordability of Healthy Diets: New Data and Methods to Inform Agriculture, Food Systems, Safety Nets and Nutrition Programs

By: WPGX Fox 28, Natural Practitioner, Seed Daily, & WRDE Coast TV - December 17, 2021

In an AAEA session taking place at the 2022 ASSA Annual Meeting "[Food Prices and the Affordability of Healthy Diets: New Data and Methods to Inform Agriculture, Food Systems, Safety Nets and Nutrition Programs," AAEA members provide new data on whether people can afford to eat healthy foods around the world. Research presented in this session begins with work underlying the United Nations' estimate that about 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet worldwide, and adds new insights on impacts of COVID, long-term trends and historical perspectives on retail markets and food access in the U.S. and globally.

Read more on: WPGX Fox 28, National Practitioner, Seed Daily, & WRDE Coast TV

Andrew Rosenberg, USDA Economic Research Service
Yuelu Xu, West Virginia University
Levan Elbakidze, West Virginia University
Ruiqing Miao, Auburn University
Hongli Feng, Iowa State University
David Hennessy, Michigan State University
Gaurav Arora, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology

Land Use and Emerging Policy Challenges: Impacts on Society

By: WPGX Fox 28, WRDE Coast TV, & Street Insider - December 20, 2021

Land use and land use changes have foundational impacts on our society as land directly affects our living space, environmental quality, and essential supplies of water, food, fiber, and energy. Market outcomes of land uses have often meant excessive land exploitation of land and unbalanced land allocation among different uses.

Watch video on: WPGX Fox 28, WRDE Coast TV, & Street Insider

Zhiyun Li, Cornell University
Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University
Simone Pieralli, Massey University

How Climate Change is affecting Agricultural Production

By: WRDE Coast TV, WBOC, News Blaze, & One News Page - December 21, 2021

In an AAEA Session taking place at the 2022 ASSA Annual Meeting "Climate Change and Agricultural Production", three studies ask about the consequences of arbitrarily selecting a time period to aggregate the weather variables for the study of weather impact on agriculture; what the historical relationship between local weather and dairy farm profits; and how long term changes to climate conditions be incorporated into measures of agricultural productivity?

Read more on: WRDE Coast TV, WBOC, News Blaze, & One News Page

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