Monday, January 10, 2022

Members in the News: Taylor, Cash, Lusk, Hart, Ortega, Wahdat, Schnitkey, Paulson, Carter, Steinbach, Zhuang, Bir, Ortega, Thilmany, Batabyal, et al.

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.

Read more on: Los Angeles Times

Sean Cash, Tufts University

KFC and Chipotle launched new plant-based products nationwide. They probably won’t be the last.

By: The Washington Post - January 5, 2022

Cash also pointed to conditions that have factored into the growth in demand and availability of plant-based proteins. At a time when the pandemic pushed more to shop and eat at home, more meat alternatives were available in some stores, Cash said. He added that supply chain issues with traditional meats may have pushed consumers to try the alternatives. That also comes amid increased awareness of the environmental impact of animal-based products, he said.

Read more on: The Washington Post

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Can government policies fix our diets? These 12 ideas might be a start.

By: SFGATE - December 21, 2021

First is Jayson Lusk, who heads the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and basically says, hey, not so fast: "There are few if any policies available to government that would both make a meaningful difference in dietary patterns and that would be palatable to the public insofar as not being viewed as overly coercive or costly."

Read more on: SFGATE

Chad Hart, Iowa State University
David Ortega, Michigan State University

Why coffee and oat prices are rising faster than oil’s

By: Quartz - December 22, 2021

Coffee and oats are different kinds of crops, with the former grown in tropical climates, and the latter in northern environments. But they both faced severe weather conditions in the past year, and that often drives up the price increases for food commodities, according to Chad Hart, a professor of economics and crop markets specialist at Iowa State University.

Supply chain challenges, like port congestions or lack of workers, also limit what’s being shipped around the world, and rising energy costs, which affect the price of fertilizers, also contribute to rising coffee prices. Plus, it takes a few years to grow the trees that produce coffee, according to David Ortega, an associate professor at the Michigan State University who focuses on agribusiness.

Read more on: Quartz

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Ahmad Wahdat, Purdue University

Purdue dashboard identifies weakest links in food supply chain

By: National Hog Farmer & Dairy Business - December 23, 2021

"We call the exposure to labor and upstream industries the Achilles' heel of the supply chain," says Jayson Lusk, an internationally recognized food and agricultural economist and distinguished professor and department head of agricultural economics at Purdue University. "If a key link is weakened, it impacts the strength of the entire chain. 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 says. "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."

Watch video on: National Hog Farmer & Dairy Business

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Nick Paulson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • U of Illinois, Ohio State Economists Issue New Report: Break Even Prices for Corn and Soybeans
    By: Agri Marketing - December 23, 2021
  • COVID-19 disrupted supply chains. Now Illinois farmers face higher prices
    By: Dispatch Argus - December 26, 2021

Colin Carter, University of California, Davis
Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut
Xiting Zhuang, University of Connecticut

Supply chain mess cost California farms $2.1 billion in stalled exports, study shows

By: The Fresno Bee & Fresh Fruit Portal - December 22, 2021

A study led by UC Davis agricultural economist Colin Carter said California’s farm belt lost $2.1 billion in exports during a five-month stretch this year because of what he called “containergeddon.”

In a study released Wednesday by UC’s Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, Carter and two researchers from the University of Connecticut said the supply-chain mess snarling world commerce cost the state’s growers 17% of their export sales from May to September.

Read more on: The Fresno Bee & Fresh Fruit Portal

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Getting rid of guts and other scraps is holding back small, Midwestern meat processors

By: KOSU - December 22, 2021

“If you get bigger, you become more efficient,” said Courtney Bir, an agricultural economist said. “Larger packers can contract with different groups to, let’s say, get the hides to a tanning facility for further processing.”

Read more on: KOSU

David Ortega, Michigan State University

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

By: Bridge Detroit - January 4, 2022

“We’re talking about the ability of these businesses and the local food scene to survive what has become the largest shock not only to our economy, but to our way of life in our generation,” said David Ortega, a food economist and associate professor at Michigan State University. 

Read more on: Bridge Detroit

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

In Colorado, New Year’s wishes for no more supply-chain woes might be put on hold

By: The Denver Post - December 25, 2021

People often have to wait a few months for things like appliances and home goods, said Dawn Thilmany, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State. Smaller companies have concentrated on a more narrow selection of products to be able to fulfill orders.

Read more on: The Denver Post

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

How to increase the uptake of EVs: Subsidize price or charging stations?

By: Rochester Business Journal - December 28, 2021

Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that confronts humans today. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are collectively most responsible for the climate change problem. Therefore, national governments are thinking about how best to reduce the emissions of GHGs in their respective nations.

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

John Anderson, University of Arkansas
Alvaro Durand-Morat, University of Arkansas

Markets in recovery mode, farmers see land values increase

By: Log Cabin Democrat - December 22, 2021

"The unprecedented challenges for the global economy, and for the agriculture sector, initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 have continued through 2021," said John Anderson, head of the department of agricultural economics and agribusiness.

"Both global rice production and consumption have been setting new records every year for the last 15 years and 2021 is no exception," said Alvaro Durand-Morat, assistant professor of agricultural economics for the Division of Agriculture.

Read more on: Log Cabin Democrat

Klaus Deininger, World Bank
Krishna Paudel, Louisiana State University
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Effects of Land Property Rights: Cases from Three Continents

By: WPGX Fox 28, Magazines Today, Tech Social Net, Seed Daily, Latin Trade, & Next Wave Group - December 20, 2021

Heirs' property or tangled title property has received increasing attention from the media and public agencies and elected officials in the wake of major disasters, particularly in the southeastern U.S., as they can complicate recovery. They have also been identified as a driver of the racial wealth divide in the U.S.

Watch video on: WPGX Fox 28, Magazines Today, Tech Social Net, Seed Daily, Latin Trade, & Next Wave Group

Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University
Nathaniel Smith, Clemson University

2022 AG OUTLOOK: Sale prices up, costs are too, for farmers

By: Kilgore News Herald- December 26, 2021

The conference’s kickoff speaker was Kansas State University Professor Brian Briggeman, who shared his macroeconomic, interest rate and inflation outlook. He pointed to the economic shutdown that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to an historic drop of 31.2% in the county’s real gross domestic product (GDP).

Among various commodities, Clemson Agribusiness Program Team Director Nathan Smith said South Carolina planted acreage for peanuts dropped to 69,000 acres in 2021 with an average yield forecast at 4,100 pounds/acre, matching a record set in 2007.

Read more on: Kilgore News Herald

 Know another AAEA Member who has made statewide, national, or international news? Send a link of the article to Jessica Weister at

What research and topics are you working on? Want to be an expert source for journalists working on a story? Contact Allison Ware at

*Disclaimer - This email is to acknowledge citations of current AAEA members and/or their research in any public media channel. AAEA does not agree nor disagree with the views or attitudes of cited outside publications.

No comments:

Post a Comment