Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Members in the News: Jekanowski, Smith, Goldstein, Sumner, Ambrozek, Ando, Lopez, Plastina, Hennessy, Tack, Pendell, Tonsor, Schroeder, Lusk, & AEPP

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Mark Jekanowski, Office of the Chief Economist
Vincent Smith, Montana State University

Export bans abroad threaten to push sky-high food prices even higher

By: The Hill, Fox 8, & WLNS - May 20, 2022

“There was some general thinking that India was going to be able to fill a lot of that supply gap that Ukraine historically filled, but it’s less likely to fill it this year,” Mark Jekanowski, a research economist with the Agriculture Department and chairman of its World Agricultural Outlook Board, said in an interview. 

“The impact of a ban on exports of wheat from India, in the aggregate, will be positive, will tend to push prices up, but other than short-run panic responses, in effect, the impact will be very, very small,” Vincent H. Smith, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, said in an interview.  

Watch on: The Hill, Fox 8, & WLNS

Robin Goldstein, University of California, Davis
Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Why legal weed is losing the war to illegal weed

By: Los Angeles Times - May 22, 2022

The market for legal weed is growing. But in California, as elsewhere, it faces serious challenges.

We’re not talking about droughts, climate change or supply chain shortages. The biggest challenge is competition from illegal weed. Our best estimate is that roughly three-quarters of the weed currently sold to consumers in California is illegal (meaning it is not licensed by the state), and only one-quarter is legal.

Read more on: Los Angeles Times

Charlotte Ambrozek, University of California, Davis

How the baby formula shortage links back to a federal nutrition program

By: Politico - May 10, 2022

“It’s hard to say how much of those changes are due to WIC policy,” said Charlotte Ambrozek, an economics researcher at the University of California, Davis, who specializes in food assistance programs. Ambrozek said there really hasn’t been that much recent research diving specifically into the contracting issue and how it affects non-WIC retail prices and other related issues.

Read more on: Politico

Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rigoberto Lopez, University of Connecticut

Climate change increases milk production

By: Great Lake Echos - May 24, 2022

Dairy cows produce less milk when they get too hot, said Rigoberto Lopez, the corresponding author of the study and a professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. However, hot temperatures stimulate the growth of plants that cows eat to produce milk.

Read more on: Great Lake Echos

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Inflation hits California’s food system, spurring painful memories of the 1980s farm crisis

By: Agri-Pulse - May 25, 2022

While rising inflation has significant impacts on the state’s food production, experts are quick to highlight many other issues impacting farmers as part of a perfect storm of rising costs in California agriculture.

Read more on: Agri-Pulse

Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University

Iowa State Extension Economist: Will an Agricultural Carbon Market Ever Develop?

By: Agri Marketing - May 23, 2022

The focus of my 2021 Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellowship was on agricultural carbon markets. Concurrently, I collaborated with a team of Iowa State University researchers tasked with assessing the science gaps that must be addressed to foster a viable carbon market in Iowa. The following article combines information from the 2022 Farm Foundation Issue Report, and the Iowa State University report, Carbon Science for Carbon Markets: Emerging Opportunities in Iowa. It provides an overview of what I consider the most pressing challenges for agricultural carbon markets, and a few major steps to address them.

Read more on: Agri Marketing

David Hennessy, Iowa State University
Jesse Tack, Kansas State University

Research finds climate change will likely increase a carcinogenic toxin in corn crops

By: WKAR - May 19, 2022

Wu, along with along with fellow researchers Jina Yu, David A. Hennessy, and Jesse Tack, looked at climate projections for 2031-2040 to predict the outlook for aflatoxin in field corn.

Read more on: WKAR

Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University

Three steps to creating successful lease agreements

By: KBHB - May 20, 2022

“Whether it is leasing cows or pasture, it is important that the arrangement is fair and equitable for all parties involved,” said K-State agricultural economist Dustin Pendell on a recent Cattle Chat podcast.

Read more on: KBHB

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue State University
Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy

Is Beef is Better than Plant-based in Terms of Taste, Price, and Appearance?

By: WICZ, Street Insider, Suncoast News Network, Seed Daily, Next Wave Group, The Luxury Chronicle, Magazines Today, Manhattan Week, News Blaze, & RFD TV - May 23, 2022

In the new research released in Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, "Benchmarking US consumption and perceptions of beef and plant-based proteins," Hannah Taylor from the USDA, ERS, Glynn Tonsor, and Ted Schroeder from Kansas State University, and Jayson Lusk from Purdue University, document consumption and perceptions of beef and plant-based proteins for U.S. consumers.

Read more on: WICZStreet Insider, Suncoast News Network, Seed Daily, Next Wave Group, The Luxury Chronicle, Magazines Today, Manhattan Week, News Blaze, & RFD TV

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