Monday, January 17, 2022

Members in the News: Sumner, Tonsor, MacDonald, Schnitkey, Swinton, Whitacre, Irwin, Frisvold, Westhoff, Mintert, Stevens, Thilmany, Azzam, et al.

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Biden administration pledges $1 billion to help small meatpackers compete

By: Marketplace - January 4, 2022

Part of the issue is that ranchers don’t have a lot of meatpackers they can sell to. That’s been true for decades, according to Dan Sumner, an agriculture economist at the University of California, Davis. “Concentration has been around in the meatpacking industry for a very long time, at least a generation or two. And it really hasn’t changed very much,” he said.

The Joe Biden administration said the aid package is meant to increase competition by expanding processing capacity. Even with the additional aid, it’ll be a challenge for smaller producers to compete in the long term, per Glynn Tonsor, who teaches agricultural economics at Kansas State University.

Read more on: Marketplace

James MacDonald, University of Maryland

Can $1 billion really fix a meat industry dominated by just four companies?

By: The Counter - January 5, 2022

James MacDonald, a University of Maryland agricultural economics professor who has conducted research on meat industry concentration, said that two important factors drove what he described as a “dramatic” rate of consolidation in the industry in the 1970s and 1980s: economies of scale and lower wages.

Read more on: The Counter

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Demand for new farm equipment outweighs current supplies

By: NPR - December 30, 2021

The reason why we see it go up is because farmers have disposable income, so they have money to spend, and the tax laws really, really favor purchasing equipment.

Read more on: NPR

James Mintert, Purdue University

Farmer sentiment rises on strengthening current financial position

By: Morning Ag Clips - January 4, 2022

“Excellent crop yields this fall, combined with strong crop prices, provided many producers with their most positive cash flow in recent years. That combination helps explain the year-end rise in the financial index as well as the barometer overall,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2022 Market Outlook for Corn and Soybeans: Part 1, Export Sales

By: Crop Producer - December 29, 2021

Corn and soybean prices have shown remarkable resilience in 2021. During the 2020-21 marketing year, nearby futures prices peaked in May 2021 at over $7.50 per bushel for corn and $16 per bushel for soybeans. This rally was caused by a surge in US exports coupled with production shortfalls in major growing regions outside the US. Since that time, prices for both crops have remained at historically high levels. As the calendar year draws to a close, the nearby futures price for corn remains near $6 per bushel and for soybeans near $13.

Read more on: Crop Producer

George Frisvold, University of Arizona

Arizona's wine grape industry is growing

By: Western Farm Press - January 12, 2022

What Bickel and fellow researchers Dari Duval, and George Frisvold found was a lot of forward movement and direct economic effect in the last couple of years.  “There’s been more discussion about non-bearing acreage indicating that more acres of wine grapes have been put into production,” they report.

Read more on: Western Farm Press

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Is this the end of the $2 taco truck taco?

By: Daily Magazine & Columbia Daily Tribune - December 31, 2021

On balance, 2021 has been a pretty good year for the farm sector. Farm commodity prices and net farm income are well above pre-pandemic levels and landowners are benefiting from higher land values. Compared to 2020, farmers are getting a lot more of their income from selling crop and livestock products, and less in the form of government checks.

Read more on: Daily Magazine & Columbia Daily Tribune

Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut
Xiting Zhuang, University of Connecticut

Inefficient California ports cost farmers billions

By: & News Concerns - January 3, 2022

According to the authors of the study, including Sandro Steinbach, assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, this amounts to around $2.1 billion in lost foreign sales, which exceeds losses from the 2018 U.S.-China trade war.

Xiting Zhuang, doctoral student in UConn's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, calculated that "by September 2021, nearly 80% of all containers leaving California ports were empty—about 43% fewer filled containers leaving California's ports than there were prior to the pandemic."

Read more on: & News Concerns

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University

Only a Fraction of Eligible Households Signed up for Emergency Broadband Benefit Service

By: The Daily Yonder - January 6, 2022

Brian Whitacre, a professor of Agricultural Economics and Extension Specialist for Rural Economic Development Oklahoma State University Extension, noted that as a nation, there has been about 1 million new sign-ups each month since June.

Watch video on: The Daily Yonder

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University

The ag labor crisis likely to only get tougher

By: Brownfield Ag News - January 10, 2022

Scott Swinton with Michigan State University tells Brownfield long term seasonal ag labor trends are problematic and likely to get worse, “Some people who would have entered the workforce are choosing not to enter the workforce and what that means is even though we’re back to low levels of unemployment, we have not seen growth in the number of people in the workforce,” he explains.

Read more on: Brownfield Ag News

Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin

UW researchers working to show perennials are profitable through new $10M project

By: Wisconsin Public Radio - December 30, 2021

"We know agronomically there are a lot of benefits to perennial grasses and forage-based systems, but it's not so clear that those are always economically optimal for a farmer or even efficient from a societal perspective," Stevens said. "I'm really interested in understanding where and when these more diversified systems are likely a good idea and sustainable both environmentally and economically."

Read more on: Wisconsin Public Radio

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

Biden to use $1B to help small and mid-size meat processors

By: Wyoming Public Radio & Boise State Public Radio - January 4, 2022

“There were already bottlenecks,” said Dawn Thilmany, a Colorado State University professor of agricultural economics. “So of course, when the shock happened almost two years ago, it only exacerbated the issue. And, in addition, we’ve seen some additional interest from consumers in wanting to support local businesses.”

Watch video on: Wyoming Public Radio & Boise State Public Radio

Azzeddine Azzam, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Biden's $1 billion bet to make beef cheaper: When will prices fall?

By: WSIL TV  & WISN - January 4, 2022

"I've done some research about this ... trying to find out how markets will perform if there is what I call an intervention by the government," said Azzeddine Azzam, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Azzam found that "investments that go to meat processors really are not going to make that much difference," given the high concentration in the industry.

Read more on: WSIL TV  & WISN

K. Aleks Schaefer, Oklahoma State University
Joseph Janzen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Trey Malone, Michigan State University
Dan Scheitrum, University of Arizona

Did the Distribution of Ad Hoc Farm Payments Affect the 2020 Presidential Election?

By: Seed Daily, Magazines Today, Street Insider, News Blaze, & One News Page - December 27, 2021

In the new article "Political returns to ad hoc farm payments?", Aleks Schaefer from Oklahoma State University, Joseph Janzen from University of Illinois, Trey Malone from Michigan State University and Daniel Scheitrum from the University of Arizona, look at whether the distribution of ad hoc farm payments made under MFP and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) affected voting patterns in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Read more on: Seed Daily, Magazines Today, Street Insider, News Blaze, & One News Page

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

Gov. report: gains seen in all major agricultural sectors

By: Claiborne Progress - December 29, 2021

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture reports gains in all major agricultural sectors in this year’s economic report to the governor. This is 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.

Watch video on: Claiborne Progress

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Craig Gundersen, Baylor University
Rudy Nayga, Texas A&M University
Ashok Mishra, Arizona State University
Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
Melinda Smale, Michigan State University

Coble, Gundersen, Nayga, Mishra, Roe, and Smale Named Class of 2022 AAEA Fellows

By: Seed Daily, Business Class News, Manhattan Week, Next Wave Group, One News Page, Magazines Today, & News Blaze - January 4, 2022

Recognition as an AAEA Fellow is AAEA's most prestigious honor. The main consideration for selecting Fellows is continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural or applied economics as defined by the Vision Statement. Achievements may be in research, teaching, extension, administration, and/or other contributions to public or private sector decision-making.

Read more on: Seed Daily, Business Class News, Manhattan Week, Next Wave Group, One News Page, Magazines Today, & News Blaze

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