Monday, February 14, 2022

Members in the News: Mintert, Swinnen, Masters, Goodwin, Dorfman, Scheitrum, Michelson, Lusk, Xu, Liu, Batabyal, Ifft, Zhao, Zheng, Wang, Hu, & AEPP

James Mintert, Purdue University

Purdue Ag Economy Barometer declines

By: The Pig Site - February 5, 2022

"Rising farm input costs and ongoing supply chain disruptions appear to be contributing to producers' weaker perception of current conditions and expectations of their farm's financial performance in 2022 when compared to last year," said James Mintert, the barometer's principal investigator and director of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Read more on: The Pig Site

Johan Swinnen, International Food Policy Research Institute
William Masters, Tufts University
Barry Goodwin, North Carolina State University

Global ag economists meeting virtually this week for AARES conference

By: Beef Central - February 7, 2022

At a time in Australia when climate change, agriculture, energy, water and environment policies are all at the top of the debate agenda, leading economists from around Australia and the world are meeting virtually this week for the 66th Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES).

Read more on: Beef Central

William Masters, Tufts University

Using Food Prices to Investigate Nutrition and Healthy Eating

By: Yumlish Podcast via Spotify - February 3, 2022

In this episode, Dr. William Masters discusses the economics of nutrition and food prices. He debunks the misconception that healthy eating must be expensive and explains what can be done to improve food affordability for all families.

Read more on: Yumlish Podcast via Spotify

Jeffrey Dorfman, University of Georgia

Supply-Chain Woes Continue for Specialty Crop Growers

By: Specialty Crop Industry - February 8, 2022

“I think the key for growers right now is to know your production costs and really keep track of your pricing goals on a continual basis,” Dorfman said. “Prices are changing so fast that what was a profitable price last week might leave you losing money this week. Growers need a spreadsheet of input prices and amounts used on each crop that they can update as prices change. Then recalculate the prices they need to receive in order to stay in business.”

Read more on: Specialty Crop Industry

Daniel Scheitrum, University of Arizona

University of Arizona Publishes U.S. Cucumber Supply Report

By: Perishable News - February 4, 2022

The University of Arizona (UA), College of Agriculture & Life Sciences recently published a report about the supply trends for cucumbers in the U.S. The report was created Daniel Scheitrum, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. The report explores various contributing factors to U.S. cucumber supply including, origins of product, pricing, variety, and trade. 

Read more on: Perishable News

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How Machine Learning Can Improve Food Insecurity Predictions

By: Precision Ag & Hortidaily - 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 & Hortidaily

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Surging Beef Prices Hard To Stomach For US Shoppers

By: Capital Digital Media & UrduPoint Network - February 10, 2022

Jayson Lusk, head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University in Indiana cited “a variety of factors that are combining to push food prices higher.”

Read more on: Capital Digital Media & UrduPoint Network

Yilan Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Do bikeshare systems complement or replace public transit?

By: Mirage - February 5, 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 bus transit 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: Mirage

Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia

2021 Georgia Quality Cotton Award Winners Announced

By: Georgia News, Georgia Cotton Commission, Opera News, & Thomasville Times-Enterprise - February 1, 2022

The 2021 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the 2022 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting on January 26, 2022. The awards are co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer Crop Science/Deltapine and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team. Yangxuan Liu from the UGA Cotton Team conducted the analysis and presented the 2021 Georgia Quality Cotton awards at the annual meeting.

Read more on: Georgia News, Georgia Cotton Commission, Opera News, & Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester experts weigh in on how Russia’s potential invasion could impact Americans at home

By: Rochester First - February 9, 2022

Amit Batabyal, an Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics at Rochester Institute of Technology, says along with oil prices, the cost of goods like wheat or raw materials, like metals, used in the U.S. could increase. 

Read more on: Rochester First

Jennifer Ifft, Kansas State University

Kansas Women in Agriculture sessions announced

By: Great Bend Tribune - February 5, 2022

“They face multiple sources of risk every day,” said Ifft, an agricultural policy specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “Forage production can vary dramatically based on when or how much it rains. If the market tanks the month before they sell their herd, a producer’s profit could be wiped out.”   

Read more on: Great Bend Tribune

Shuoli Zhao, University of Kentucky
Yuqing Zheng, University of Kentucky
Lingxiao Wang, University of Kentucky
Wuyang Hu, The Ohio State University
Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy

Meet the Meatless: Demand for New Generation Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

By: RFD TV, WPGX Fox 28, Techi Live, Manhattan Week, The Luxury Chronicle, Magazines Today, Tactics, News Blaze, Latin Trade, Next Wave Group, Sangri Times, One News Page, & Seed Daily - February 9, 2022

In the new article "Meet the Meatless: Demand for New Generation Plant-Based Meat Alternatives" published in the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Shuoli Zhao and Yuqing Zheng from the University of Kentucky, alont with Lingxiao Wang from the University of Wisconsin, and Wuyang Hu from The Ohio State University find the market demand for the new generation plant-based meat alternatives in relation to meats in the United States.

Read more on: RFD TV, WPGX Fox 28, Techi Live, Manhattan Week, The Luxury Chronicle, Magazines Today, Tactics, News Blaze, Latin Trade, Next Wave Group, Sangri Times, One News Page, & Seed Daily

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