Monday, January 24, 2022

Members in the News: Wahdat, Lusk, Ortega, Irwin, Anderson, Lusk, Hayes, Steinbach, Zhuang, Carter, Elbakidze, Koontz, Swinton, Van Deynze, et al.

Ahmad Wahdat, Purdue University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Why the Food Supply Chain Is Strained. Again.

By: Civil Eats - January 13, 2022

According to a new analysis out of Purdue University, among various food manufacturing industries, “animal slaughtering and processing” is most likely to be significantly impacted by disruptions in labor. Because so many individuals are needed to take an animal from slaughter to packaged meat, “If something happens, it actually leads to a much larger loss in production compared to any other food industry on that list,” said Ahmad Zia Wahdat, a researcher who worked on the data and paper with Jayson Lusk, the head of agricultural economics at Purdue.

Read more on: Civil Eats

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Why most Americans see the rise in food prices more than they feel it

By: Quartz - January 13, 2022

"That said, higher food prices will be felt by many Americans. Their impact will depend on income and consumption choices, said David Ortega, an agricultural economist at Michigan State University, over email. (For instance, a diet consisting mainly of hot dogs, cheese, tea, and wine, will have had a slight price decrease over the course of 2021.)”

Read more on: Quartz

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Explainer: What is at stake for the U.S. biofuel blending law in 2022 and beyond

By: Reuters - January 11, 2022

Corn farmers and biofuel producers want the EPA to raise required blending volumes of renewable fuels, said Scott Irwin, professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois.

Read more on: Reuters

David Anderson, Texas A&M University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

Analysis: High U.S. meat prices: packer profiteering or capacity crunch?

By: Reuters - January 19, 2022

The Biden administration is targeting a small group of meat packers for high beef, pork and poultry prices that it says are squeezing consumers and fueling inflation, arguing that they are abusing their market power.

Read more on: Reuters

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

Research suggests inefficient California ports costing farmers billions

By: The Beef Site - January 19, 2022

But recent research by agricultural economists from UC Davis and the University of Connecticut suggests that economic losses to California agriculture from recent supply chain disruptions may have an even greater economic impact. Their models estimate that there was a 17% decline in the value of containerized agricultural exports between May and September 2021, resulting from recent port congestion.

Read more on: The Beef Site

Levan Elbakidze, West Virginia University

New Standards Spur Water Utilities to Improve Compliance

By: Eos - December 1, 2021

Water quality standards are not consistently observed by water utility companies. Using data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Elbakidze and Beeson [2021] examined how differences in Clean Water Act regulations across American states affect compliance.

Read more on: Eos

Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University

Opinion: Beware of unintended consequences for cattle markets

By: Agri-Pulse - January 18, 2022

At the 2022 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Atlanta, Dr. Stephen R. Koontz, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University said, “Mandated cash trade is not going to get you better price discovery. It's going to put a $50 cost on calves impacted.” This $50 cost per head will be shouldered by cattle feeders and cow-calf producers - folks hard hit by the pandemic.

Read more on: Agri-Pulse

Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
Braeden Van Deynze, University of Washington

Scaling-up Conservation Practices: How Much Can Farmers Afford?

By: - January 7, 2022

In a new study, released online by Land Economics, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers find that 20% of corn and soybean farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt are willing to convert 5% of their largest corn-soybean fields to prairie strips if paid the same average amount that USDA pays under the current Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  The study, authored by Zachary Luther, Scott Swinton, and Braeden Van Deynze, was conducted in the MSU Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, where Swinton is a University Distinguished Professor, and Luther and Van Deynze were graduate students.  Luther is now a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, and Van Deynze is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington.

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Maria Marshall, Purdue University
Brady Brewer, Purdue University
Todd Kuethe, Purdue University

Purdue Ag Economics Report: Pandemic-Related Uncertainties to Continue

By: Farm Equipment - January 14, 2022

For 2022, the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report released on Jan. 13 cited inflation and COVID-19 uncertainty as key issues impacting food prices, general economy performance, farm costs and returns, farm financials and household economics.

Watch video on: Farm Equipment

John Bovay, Virginia Tech University

Agriculture Professor Lays Out The Case For The Power Of Data

By: Produce Business UK - January 16, 2022

John Bovay, Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech University in the United States, has become a fixture at The New York Produce Show and Conference presenting many thoughtful pieces, a few of which we have profiled here.

Read more on: Produce Business UK

James Mintert, Purdue University

Commodity prices uncertain amid inflation, slowing trade

By: Feed Strategy - January 17, 2022

James Mintert, director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture, highlighted similar trends during a presentation on January 14. Soybean exports, and purchases by China in particular, are down nearly 30% so far this year.

Read more on: Feed Strategy

Christopher Wolf, Cornell University

Contracts ending, Northeast organic dairies ask consumers to jump in

By: Central Maine & NBC Boston - January 14, 2022

The initiative, which is called the Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership, has the potential to make a difference, but research suggests that while similar voluntary nonbinding pledges for charity have an immediate impact, people tend to back out in the longer term, said Christopher Wolf, a professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University.

Watch video on: Central Maine & NBC Boston

Todd Schmit, Cornell University

Leading the Pack

By: The River - January 15, 2022

The year was 2019, and farmer Caleb Scott noticed Cornell professor Todd Schmit across the room. Scott decided it was a good time to sit him down for a beer and a chat about organizing sheep farmers into a co-op to work with solar developers.

Read more on The River

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Millions of women have quit their jobs during the pandemic, childcare partly to blame

By: Rochester First - January 14, 2022

“When I say disproportionate homework, I mean things like caring for the elderly, caring for children, and just general housework. Women tend to do more of these things than men, even in the absence of any kind of pandemic,” Batabyal said.

Read more on: Rochester First

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Farm organizations respond to Biden meat plan

By: Great Bend Tribune - January 8, 2022

Glynn Tonsor, Professor of Agricultural Economics with Kansas State University, however, said recent research by agricultural economists does not support the hypothesis that the beef industry is driven by non-competitive pricing. Citing recent studies, Tonsor noted that processor conduct during the pandemic has been, from an economic standpoint, “no different than perfect competition.”  

Watch video on: Great Bend Tribune

Gregg Ibendahl, Kansas State University

Net farm income fluctuating in Kansas

By: Butler County Times-Gazette - January 18, 2022

“For 2021 we expect the net farm income for Kansas grain farms to be around $261,000, which is a 39% increase from 2020,” said Gregg Ibendahl, associate professor of agricultural economics.

Read more on: Butler County Times-Gazette

John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Farm incomes on the rise; Fryar Center predicts trend to continue in 2022

By: KATV - January 10, 2022

“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.

Read more on: KATV

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

Supply continues to influence farm economy

By: KMA Land - January 18, 2022

However, economic headwinds remain. While the unemployment rate has declined, the size of the labor force has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels. The pandemic likely led to older Americans choosing to leave the workforce earlier than otherwise, and younger Americans have been more hesitant to enter or return to work.

Read more on: KMA Land

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Maria Marshall, Purdue University
Brade Brewer, Purdue University
Todd Kuethe, Purdue University

Purdue Ag Economists Highlight Inflations, Pandemic-Related Uncertainties in Annual Outlook

By: WBIW & WCSI - January 17, 2022

The Purdue Agricultural Economics Report’s annual outlook issue identifies key factors that may affect the agricultural economy in the coming year. For 2022, Purdue experts cite inflation and COVID-19 uncertainty as key issues impacting food prices, general economic performance, farm costs and retures, farm financials, and household economics.

Read more on: WBIW & WCSI

Jill McCluskey, Washington State University

Investigating Dairy Merger and its Effects on Market Pricing

By: News Blaze, The Luxury Chronicle, Magazines Today, Business Class News, One News Page, Manhattan Week, & Seed Daily - January 6, 2022

One of the authors, Jill McCluskey, Regents Professor at Washington State University says, "Like all redistributive economic transitions, there are winners and losers from mergers. If there is a price increase, it will push consumers towards non-dairy alternatives faster. Struggling milk farmers will benefit if some of the price increase reaches them. On the other hand, if the merger increases the efficiency of operations and sufficiently lowers production costs, it could result in lower consumer prices, which would benefit consumers. Then dairy farmers involved in the cooperative will gain from the merger, and farmers outside the cooperative or have a higher cost of production may go out of business."

Read more on: News Blaze, The Luxury Chronicle, Magazines Today, Business Class News, One News Page, Manhattan Week, & Seed Daily

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