Monday, February 28, 2022

Members in the News: Orden, Gustafson, Zhang, Schnitkey, Lim, Walters, Lubben, et al.

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David Orden, Virginia Tech

United States lifts Mexican avocado ban — averting what could have been a costly crisis

By: The Washington Post & World News Era - February 18, 2022

In 1995 — a time when “fat-free” food staples ruled the market — the United States did not have much of a taste for avocados. The majority of the consumed fruit was produced in California. Avocado imports that year totaled $14.7 million, of which $700,000 came from Mexico, said David Orden, a professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech.

Read more on: The Washington Post & World News Era

Christopher Gustafson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Says Fad Diets Don’t Work. So Why Are They So Popular?

By: Printveela - February 18, 2022

One reason is people who follow these diets may perceive themselves as more knowledgeable than they are, said Christopher Gustafson, an associate professor in the department of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Read more on: Printveela

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Land Prices and China Trade

By: Market to Market via YouTube - February 22, 2022

The jump in Iowa farmland values is the highest since 1941. That’s the year Iowa State University started a survey of sales. Now, Dr. Wendong Zhang heads the group that reviews data from all over Iowa. In this week's episode, Zhang describes the perfect storm that would send the rate up by 29% and how some of the same factors are still in play in 2022. We also touch on trade issues between his native China and the United States.

Read more on: Market to Market via YouTube

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Sunghun Lim, Texas Tech University

How will the trucker blockades impact Canada-U.S. agribusiness trade?

By: Morning Ag Clips - February 21, 2022

“It may appear that border blockades are purely a Canadian political issue, but since it constitutes a barrier to two-way trade between the U.S. and Canada, it has implications for both countries,” said Sunghun Lim, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. “The integrated global supply chain across both countries will be disrupted, especially for highly perishable agricultural products. Geographically, border blockades likely have a bigger impact on U.S. farming states with economies that are highly dependent on exporting to Canada, including North Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota and Montana.”

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Cory Walters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Russia's move on Ukraine could affect U.S. farmers, Nebraska ag experts say

By: Omaha World Herald - February 23, 2022

With Nebraska’s winter wheat already rooted, farmers may look to maximize their yields with additional fertilizer applications, assuming it comes out of dormancy in good shape, said Cory Walters, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s agricultural economics department.

In an email, Brad Lubben, an associate professor at UNL’s agricultural economics department, noted energy markets could be affected. In response to the crisis, Germany announced it was halting the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia — a lucrative deal long sought by Moscow but criticized by the U.S. for increasing Europe’s reliance on Russian energy.

Read more on: Omaha World Herald

Vincenzina Caputo, Michigan State University
Melissa McKendree, Michigan State University
Trey Malone, Michigan State University
Valerie Kilders, Michigan State University

New Report Uncovers Tart Cherry Consumer Preferences, Market Growth Potential

By: Michigan Ag Connection - February 21, 2022

The AFRE research team's efforts have culminated in a new report, "The Tart Cherry Market and Purchasing Preferences in the United States." The report's authors include AFRE Associate Professor Vincenzina Caputo, Assistant Professor Melissa McKendree, Assistant Professor Trey Malone and graduate students Valerie Kilders and Caitlinn Lineback.

Read more on: Michigan Ag Connection

Nathan Hendricks, Kansas State University
Gabriel Sampson, Kansas State University

Declining Ogallala Aquifer could dry up future ag land values

By: Kansas Farmer - February 22, 2022

Nathan Hendricks and Gabriel Sampson are Kansas State University agricultural economists who released the paper, “The Value of Groundwater in the High Plains Aquifer of Western Kansas,” Feb. 10. They used market values for irrigated and nonirrigated land, as well as aquifer levels, to reveal how much more value irrigation brings to land values in the West.

Read more on: Kansas Farmer

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Is your record keeping adequate?

By: High Plains Journal - February 18, 2022

Regardless of the successes or failures a farm or ranch experiences in a given year, it is difficult for operators to learn how to capitalize on or correct problem areas if record keeping is subpar. Oklahoma State University Extension Farm Management Specialist Courtney Bir, discussed the key points of proper record keeping in a recent webinar.

Read more on: High Plains Journal

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

There isn’t an avocado shortage in the U.S. right now, but the supply chain could be impacted

By: 9 News & ABC 10 - February 18, 2022

Daniel Sumner, professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis, explained that avocado prices will be somewhat higher for at least a few days due to the missing shipments while the ban was in place. The IFPA also wrote in a statement on Friday that the USDA said “avocados that were inspected prior to the suspension of trade and are currently at the packing facilities will be released.”

Read more on: 9 News & ABC 10

Jay M. Lillywhite, New Mexico State University

Pecan Conference moves to Las Cruces Convention Center for March conference

By: Las Cruces Bulletin - February 22, 2022

NMSU Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department Head Jay M. Lillywhite, Ph.D., will discuss supply-chain issues affecting the pecan industry, White said.

Read more on: Las Cruces Bulletin

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

Study Examines Connection Between Availability of Healthy Food Options, Health

By: Gant News - February 20, 2022

“Poor food environments, such as those analyzed in our study, can directly affect dietary quality,” Fan said. “Consumers who do not purchase most of their food at supermarkets have been found to consume fewer fruits and vegetables than people who purchase most of their food at supermarkets.”

For all food groups, the scientists found a significant gap between scores for convenience stores and scores for supermarkets and grocery stores, and the difference was most striking for fruits and vegetables. This gap is explained by the lack of fruit and vegetable options, Canales said.

Read more on: Gant News

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Looking back on 30 years of change in agriculture

By: Columbia Daily Tribune - February 20, 2022

A lot can change in 30 years. It is common to cite the challenge of feeding the world in 2050, which is now less than 30 years away. As we think about agriculture in 2050, it might be instructive to consider how the world has changed in the last 30 years.

Read more on: Columbia Daily Tribune

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

Cornell University: Climate and agricultural economist Ariel Ortiz-Bobea will advise USDA on research priorities

By: India Education Diary - February 23, 2022

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, an economist who studies the impact of climate change on agriculture, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

Ortiz-Bobea is a member of the faculty at the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy and the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. His research focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation, agricultural economics, environmental and resource economics and applied econometrics.

Read more on: India Education Diary

Christopher Boyer, University of Tennessee
Eunchun Park, University of Arkansas
Seong Do Yun, Mississippi State University
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Corn and Soybean Prevented Planting Acres Response to Weather

By: Fox 28, News Blaze, Journal News Today, Magazines Today, One News Page, & The Luxury Chronicle - February 21, 2022

In the new article "Corn and Soybean Prevented Planting Acres Response to Weather," Christopher Boyer, from the University of Tennessee, Eunchun Park from the University of Arkansas, and Seong Yun from Mississippi State University explore monthly precipitation and temperature before and during planting impacts of U.S. corn and soybean prevented planting acres.

Read more on: Fox 28, News Blaze, Journal News Today, Magazines Today, One News Page, & The Luxury Chronicle

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