Monday, March 14, 2022

Members in the News: Irwin, Janzen, Zhang, Castille, Kafle, Balasubramanya, Fischer, Irwin, Glauber, Briggeman, Featherstone, Ibendahl, Tonsor, et al.

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Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Respond to Ukraine Invasion With Emergency Crops on Conservation Reserve, Says Economist
    By: Successful Farming - March 3, 2022
  • Grain Markets Set for Supply Shock of a Lifetime, Economist Says
    By: Bloomberg - March 2, 2022

Joseph Janzen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Rising wheat prices stocke fears for countries importing from Russia and Ukraine
    By: Marketplace - March 2, 2022
  • Russian invasion will impact U.S. agriculture
    By: WCIA - February 25, 2022

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

China’s GMO U-Turn

By: The Wire China - March 6, 2022

The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is already rippling through China’s economic and political system. One notable effect: A new threat to the country’s food security. Ukraine, sometimes referred to as the world’s bread basket, is a top supplier of corn and barley to China.  For Beijing, the current situation is further proof of the risks in relying on foreign countries to feed its enormous population, following on from the U.S.-China trade war and the hit to its imports of products like American-grown soybeans.

Read more on: The Wire China

Carrie Castille, USDA-NIFA

USDA-NIFA Invests Over $15M in Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities

By: Dairy Business, American Ag Network, & DRG News - February 10, 2022

“These critical research investments support the economic, social and environmental sustainability of agriculture and rural communities,” said NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille. “Outcomes of this research will inform decision making, policy design and implementation to enhance agricultural production systems and promote rural economic development and prosperity that is inclusive, equitable and has long-lasting impacts.”

Read more on: Dairy Business, American Ag Network, & DRG News

Kashi Kafle, Texas A&M University
Soumya Balasubramanya, World Bank

Serious about Managing Groundwater Depletion? Shift Focus from “Water-Saving” Technologies to Motivating Irrigation Behavior

By: Agrilinks - March 10, 2022

Irrigation technologies, such as drip lines, moisture probes and automated systems, are often viewed as solutions to reduce groundwater depletion. Yet, in Jordan, groundwater levels continue to drop even though the majority of land has been irrigated using such technologies for the past 20 years. It turns out that perception of water shortages in the past can affect current irrigation behavior in ways that exacerbate the groundwater problem. 

Read more on: Agrilinks

Bart Fischer, Texas A&M University

Artificial intelligence predicts algae potential as alternative energy source

By: Tech Xplore, Technology Networks, & 365Newsx - March 4, 2022

The project team includes Bin Long, a graduate student from the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology; Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center and Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics; Henry Bryant, Ph.D., Department of Agricultural Economics; and Yining Zeng, Ph.D., staff scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Read more on: Tech Xplore, Technology Networks, & 365Newsx

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joseph Glauber, USDA

On Ukraine's Disrupted Breadbasket, a Pitch to Open CRP Ground to Counter Global Supply Shock

By: DTN - March 4, 2022

It started with a string of tweets by University of Illinois agricultural economist Scott Irwin that the war in Ukraine "is going to be the biggest supply shock to global grain markets in my lifetime." With that, Irwin said USDA should open up Conservation Reserve Program for cropping.

Joe Glauber, a former USDA chief economist, also responded on Twitter to Irwin's thread on CRP and whether it could help ease the global supply problems. He said, "Not likely for wheat in the short run ... Glauber noted about 4.1 million acres will expire in Spring wheat states -- Idaho, Washington, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

Read more on: DTN

Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University
Allen Featherstone, Kansas State University
Gregory Ibendahl, Kansas State University
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Richard Llewelyn, Kansas State University

K-State to host ‘mini-conference’ on agricultural ramifications of Ukraine/Russia conflict

By: Rural Radio - March 4, 2022

Organizers of the mini-conference said faculty in K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics will address the effects on the macro-economy, agricultural trade, energy and fertilizer markets, as well as grain and livestock markets. 

Read more on: Rural Radio

Vincent Smith, Montana State University

Wheat Prices Soar on Concerns of War, Drought

By: Flathead Beacon - March 5, 2022

If Ukraine wheat doesn’t ship, or planted acres are down, it will influence export prices, said Vincent Smith, economist at the Montana State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics.

Read more on: Flathead Beacon

Shuoli Zhao, University of Kentucky
Yuqing Zheng, University of Kentucky
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Meat alternative sales are up, but not enough to bite into meat sales

By: Farms, KCUR via NPR, St. Louis Public Radio via NPR, & KOSU via NPR - March 4, 2022

The study, published in the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, indicates shoppers were more likely to buy less chicken and fish when they bought meat alternatives than they were to cut back on beef or pork.

Read more on: Farms, KCUR via NPR, St. Louis Public Radio via NPR, & KOSU via NPR

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kathy Baylis, University of California, Santa Barbara

How Machine Learning Can Improve Food Insecurity Predictions

By: Illinois Ag Connection - March 4, 2022

"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.

"First, we want to have a model that captures a wide variety of factors that can influence food insecurity. It's not just shocks to food production but also shocks that affect people's income. Even if you have food production, you still have hunger if people can't buy it," says Kathy Baylis, Department of Geography at University of California, Santa Barbara. Baylis is corresponding author on the study.

Read more on: Illinois Ag Connection

Gerald Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Local economist helped author global climate report

By: The Daily Sentinel - March 5, 2022

Nelson, 70, is an agricultural economist who is retired from teaching for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After leaving that job he worked for five years at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., where he was involved in subjects including climate change, agriculture and food security. He and his wife moved to Mesa County in 2012, where he’s been active in efforts including working with Citizens for Clean Air.

Read more on: The Daily Sentinel

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