Monday, February 21, 2022

Members in the News: Lim, Afesorgbor, Sumner, Orden, Ortiz-Bobea, Rainey, Anderson, Xu, Fan, Canales, Lusk, Schnitkey, Michelson, Irwin, et al.

Sunghun Lim, Texas Tech University
Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, University of Guelph

What the Ambassador Bridge and other 'freedom convoy' blockades mean for Canada-U.S. trade

By: The Conversation - February 13, 2022

Trade between Canada and the United States was hampered for almost a week by the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge at the Windsor-Detroit border as part of the so-called freedom convoy protest.

Read more on: The Conversation

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Avocado imports from Mexico are blocked. What does that mean for you?

By: Los Angeles Times - February 14, 2022

U.S. plant inspectors are positioned both at the border and at orchards to ensure the produce meets safety standards before it enters the U.S., said Daniel Sumner, a professor of agricultural economics at UC Davis.

Read more on: Los Angeles Times

David Orden, Virginia Tech

U.S. Temporarily Bans Avocados From Mexico, Citing Threat

By: The News York Times & New York Globe - February 15, 2022

Now, U.S. inspectors in Mexico play a crucial role in the expansion of Mexico’s avocado market because they watch each step of the process — from the orchards to transportation systems to shipping areas — to make sure that the fruit imported to the United States is free from pests, said David Orden, a professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech.

Read more on: The News York Times & New York Globe

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

How to Keep Crops Alive In a Warmer, Drier World

By: Bloomberg - February 16, 2022

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea is an associate professor and fellow at the Atkinson Center for Sustainability at Cornell University. He said recent research by his team shows “anthropogenic climate change has already slowed agricultural productivity growth globally,” losing the last 7 years of growth out of the past 60.

Read more on: Bloomberg

Ronald Rainey, University of Arkansas
John Anderson, University of Arkansas

Dr. Ron Rainey, Hazell Reed named to the USDA’s Equity Commission

By: Talk Business & Politics, Stuttgart Daily Leader, & KATV - February 14, 2022

Dr. Ron Rainey, assistant vice president of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly established equity commission, one of two Arkansans chosen to serve.

John Anderson, head of the department of agricultural economics and agribusiness, said that Rainey has “the perfect skill set, attitude, and demeanor to be a real leader in this important process. I’m glad to see that recognized with this appointment.”

Read more on: Talk Business & Politics, Stuttgart Daily Leader, & KATV

Yilan Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Do bikeshare systems complement or replace public transit?

By: Science Magazine, Tech Xplore, News Concerns, & Science Daily - February 3, 2022

"On one hand, bikeshare has the potential to compete with other transit types due to the convenience and speed (especially electric bikes). On the other hand, bikes might complement  by replacing just a segment of the trip," says Yilan Xu, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at U of I, and co-author on the paper.

Read more on: Science Magazine, Tech Xplore, News Concerns, & Science Daily

Linlin Fan, Pennsylvania State University
Elizabeth Canales, Mississippi State University

Study examines connection between availability of healthy food options, health

By: Medical Xpress & The Express - February 16, 2022

The findings have important implications not only in the Mississippi Delta, but for other regions of the country where  stores and dollar stores generally comprise the highest proportion of stores available, noted Linlin Fan, assistant professor of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

This food environment is associated with household food choices and the ability of consumers to access and afford healthy diets, said Fan, who collaborated on the study with Elizabeth Canales, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University.

Read more on: Medical Xpress & The Express

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How Machine Learning Can Improve Food Insecurity Predictions

By: Precision Ag - February 8, 2022

Current food insecurity predictions mostly rely on a system in which groups of experts gather together and assess food insecurity within countries. While the process includes some data to guide assessment, it remains mostly a qualitative evaluation based on local knowledge. “Our goal is not to overhaul this existing system, which has made incredible contributions across countries, generating predictions about food crises in places where there’s very little data and a lot of political complexity,” says Hope Michelson, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at U of I and co-author on the paper.

Read more on: Precision Ag

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Trends in the Operational Efficiency of the U.S. Ethanol Industry: 2021 Update

By: Crop Producer - February 7, 2022

The operational efficiency of any industry is key to long-term profitability, no less so for the U.S. ethanol industry. Surprisingly little information is available in the public domain on this important aspect of ethanol production in the U.S. Fortunately, the USDA began publishing the Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report in October 2014 and this important data source allows us to examine trends in some key industry efficiency measures, including gallons of ethanol per bushel of corn, pounds of dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS) per bushel of corn, and pounds of corn oil per bushel of corn.

Read more on: Crop Producer

Jeffrey Dorfman, University of Georgia

Georgia Economist: Farmers Will Get Through This

By: Specialty Crop Industry - February 10, 2022

“A lot of input costs are up between 40% and a little over 100%. I talked to a bunch of farmers (recently), chemical salespeople, and the big thing I talked about was farmers need to get a serious pricing model,” Dorfman said. “Nobody has a clue anymore in their head. You better have an Excel spreadsheet and put your input costs in and figure out, how much fertilizer am I using? How many tractor hours am I using? What’s my labor costs? How many chemicals did I spray? Figure out what your production costs really are. Otherwise, you could take a price that used to be a good price and lose money.”

Read more on: Specialty Crop Industry

Aaron Adalja, Cornell University
Erik Lichtenberg, University of Maryland

Federal laws push food safety stragglers to move forward

By: Morning Ag Clips - February 10, 2022

“Laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 – and its Produce Safety Rule – are needed because action in the industry alone has been generally insufficient to achieve significant food safety improvements,” said Aaron Adalja, assistant professor of food and beverage management in the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, who examined the food supply chain.

In addition to Adalja, the research, “Collective Investment in a Common Pool Resource: Grower Associations and Food Safety Guidelines,” was co-authored by Erik Lichtenberg, professor, University of Maryland, and Elina T. Page, agricultural economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. The research was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Social media response to disaster lacks follow-through

By: Oklahoma Farm Report & The Ponca City News - February 10, 2022

The intensity of emotions expressed online when natural disasters strike doesn’t necessarily lead to an equal amount of financial assistance when people need recovery help afterward, according to recent Oklahoma State University research.

Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report & The Ponca City News

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Economist Braces For Reduced Chinese Demand

By: Brownfield Ag News & WCMY - February 10, 2022

Wendong Zhang with Iowa State University tells Brownfield while some major ag exports to China have softened, increasing incomes there are demanding higher proteins and more specialties items like cherries and other food products.

Read more on: Brownfield Ag News & WCMY

Joyce Chen, The Ohio State University
Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy

Mitigating Implicit Bias in Student Evaluations: A Randomized Intervention

By: One News Page, Next Wave Group, Magazines Today, Seed Daily, The Luxury Chronicle, Manhattan Week, News Blaze, & Latin Trade - February 16, 2022

In the new article "Mitigating Implicit Bias in Student Evaluations: A Randomized Intervention" published in the Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy, Joyce Chen, Brandon Genetin, Vladimir Kogan, and Alan Kalish from The Ohio State University assess the efficacy of utilizing modified introductory language on reducing the bias gap in student evaluations of instructions for women and minorities.

Read more on: Ones News PageNext Wave Group, Magazines Today, Seed Daily, The Luxury Chronicle, Manhattan Week, News Blaze, & Latin Trade

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