Monday, May 23, 2022

Members in the News: Lusk, Ortega, Khanna, Swinton, Wolf, Goldstein, Sumner, Westhoff, Schulz, Ando, Ifft, Thomsen, Blare, Burke, Berning, et al.


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Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Some Subway restaurants are reportedly running short on popular cold cuts

By: TODAY - May 13, 2022

"We are seeing higher turkey, chicken and egg prices but I haven’t seen any data suggesting widespread stock-outs or shortages," said Jayson L. Lusk, a distinguished professor and head of the department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University in an email to TODAY Food.

Watch on: TODAY

David Ortega, Michigan State University

  • Global food crisis fuelled by war in Ukraine could provoke unrest
    By: CBC News - May 20, 2022
  • Food prices: Why are they increasing and when will they go back down?
    By: World Economic Forum - May 16, 2022

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
Christopher Wolf, Cornell University

Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

By: Wired & Grist - May 14, 2022

Across Midwestern farms, if Girish Chowdhary has his way, farmers will someday release beagle-sized robots into their fields like a pack of hounds flushing pheasant. The robots, he says, will scurry in the cool shade beneath a wide diversity of plants, pulling weeds, planting cover crops, diagnosing plant infections, and gathering data to help farmers optimize their farms.

Read more on: Wired & Grist

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

In California, the world’s largest legal weed market is going up in smoke

By: The Economist - May 14, 2022

The price has recovered somewhat; in April it was about $800 a pound. But the legal framework set up by Proposition 64 spells long-term trouble. It gave local municipalities the power to decide whether they would allow cannabis to be grown and sold. In their forthcoming book “Can Legal Weed Win?” two economists, Robin Goldstein and Daniel Sumner, argue that local control ensured that the illegal market would continue to flourish in places where legal weed was banned. Local control also helps explain why California lags behind nine states in weed shops per person. By comparing sales figures with drug-use surveys, Messrs Goldstein and Sumner estimate that only about 25% of the weed sold and consumed within California is legal. Many pot farmers in Humboldt say that some of their fellow growers have gone back underground to make a profit."

Read more on: The Economist

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Governments seek options to reduce food price inflation

By: Yahoo - May 15, 2022

Food price inflation is at the highest level in decades, and many countries are taking policy actions to try to address the problem. Some of these policies are more likely to be effective than others, and many could have important side effects.

Read more on: Yahoo

Lee Schulz, Iowa State University
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Little inflation relief in sight for California shoppers as meat, other food costs rise

By: McClatchy DC - May 13, 2022

Food prices, like that of any product, are largely driven by supply and demand. Supplies for some products are somewhat less than needed at the moment while demand is strong — a recipe for higher prices, Lee Schulz, associate professor of economics at Iowa State University, told The Bee.

Price increases for meats have several sources. Jayson Lusk, head of the agricultural economics department at Purdue University, wrote in November that the meat price jumps were “initially caused by disruptions in supply when packing plants shuttered after workers contracted COVID19. “

Read more on: McClatchy DC

Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Fighting white-nose syndrome in bats benefits agriculture, study shows
    By: - May 13, 2022
  • Value of green roofs
    By: Archyworldys - May 12, 2022

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • ‘As I See It’ by Gary Truitt: The Conscious Connoisseur
    By: Michigan Ag Today - May 15, 2022
  • The price you pay: Consumers forking out more money for the same food and the impact on communities
    By: WRTV - May 17, 2022

Jennifer Ifft, Kansas State University

U.S. agriculture sees hike in nontraditional loan

By: Rural Radio Network & KSAL - May 18, 2022

“Nontraditional doesn’t mean old or new (forms of lending),” Ifft said. “Some types of nontraditional finance are the result of experience gained over decades of serving farmers, such as implement dealer finance, while others are startups that are testing new lending models.”

Read more on: Rural Radio Network & KSAL

Michael Thomsen, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"Breakfast after the Bell" helps students learn

By: Magnolia Reporter - May 16, 2022

A research team, which included Andres Cuadros-Menaca, Ph.D., and Michael Thomsen, Ph.D., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, discovered that schools providing breakfast after the school day begins (Breakfast After the Bell) experienced a decrease in student behavior issues.

Read more on: Magnolia Reporter

Trent Blare, University of Florida

Free UF Courses Helping Small-Scale Farmers Market on Social Media

By: WGCU - May 17, 2022

“They know how to grow the foods that we have and make these great products, but they weren’t sure about how to connect with the consumers and get their products out there,” said Blare.

Read more on: WGCU

William Burke, Michigan State University

Nationwide labor shortage adding to inflationary pressure

By: 7 News - May 3, 2022

“When food prices go up, fertilizer prices tend to follow," said Dr. William Burke, an agricultural economist and consultant at Food Tank. Burke, who's also an associate professor of International Development at Michigan State University's Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics and the acting director of research at MwAPATA Institute in Malawi, described a "perfect storm at high tide" that started before Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Read more on: 7 News

Joshua Berning, Colorado State University
Rebecca Cleary, Colorado State University
Allesandro Bonanno, Colorado State University
Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy

Food Insecurity and Time use in Elderly vs. Non-elderly: An Exploratory Analysis

By: WTNZ Fox 43, HTV 10, News Channel Nebraksa Northeast, WPGX Fox 28, 3WZ FM, Manhattan Week, & Magazines Today - May 13, 2022

In the new article in the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, "Food Insecurity and Time use in Elderly vs. Non-elderly: An Exploratory Analysis" Joshua Berning, Rebecca Cleary, and Alessandro Bonanno from Colorado State University investigate whether time spent on household food production helps to mitigate household food insecurity, particularly for older households.

Read more on: WTNZ Fox 43, HTV 10, News Channel Nebraska Northeast, WPGX Fox 28, 3WZ FM, Manhattan Week, & Magazines Today

Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut
Soojung Ahn, University of Connecticut
Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy

Consumer Spending Patterns for Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

By: WPGX Fox 28, HTV 10, KMLK, WICZ, 3WZ FM, Benzinga, Magazines Today, The Luxury Chronicle, Seed Daily, One News Page, Next Wave Group, Business Class News, News Blaze, Sangri times, & RFD TV - May 18, 2022

New research assesses the impact of COVID-19 related import facilitating and export restricting non-tariff measures (NTMs) on agricultural and food trade. Earlier studies concerned with the trade effects of COVID-19 have overlooked the differential impacts caused by these temporary trade measures. In a new article, "The Impact of COVID-19 Trade Measures on Agricultural and Food Trade," published in Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Sandro Steinbach and Soojung Ahn from the University of Connecticut show that export restricting NTMs achieved the set policy goals. At the same time, there is no evidence of long-term trade disruptions.

Read more on: WPGX Fox 28, HTV 10, KMLK, WICZ, 3WZ FM, Benzinga, Magazines Today, The Luxury Chronicle, Seed Daily, One News Page, Next Wave Group, Business Class News, News Blaze, Sangri Times, & RFD TV

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