Monday, May 2, 2022

Members in the News: Ortega, Ifft, Takach, Lusk, Bovay, Taheripour, Koontz, Stevens, Batabyal, Kuethe, Robinson, Copfer, Fei, & McCarl


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David Ortega, Michigan State University

As prices rise, consumers are treating themselves with snacks

By: Quartz - April 27, 2022

Plus, being stuck more at home, consumers have turned to spending more at the grocery store since they weren’t venturing out to restaurants as much, said David Ortega, an associate professor at Michigan State University who focuses on food marketing and agribusiness management.

Watch on: Quartz

Jennifer Ifft, Kansas State University

K-State releases nine-part series on Livestock Risk Protection

By: Beef Magazine - April 27, 2022

Jennifer Ifft knows that farmers and ranchers face risk each day, so finding strategies to mitigate risk is necessary to be successful.

Read more on: Beef Magazine

Jackson Takach, Farmer Mac

3 Economic Forces to Watch that Will Impact Agriculture

By: Ag Web - April 25, 2022

U.S. inflation is at a 40-year high, and the U.S. is not the sole owner of the inflation situation (see map). “We didn’t talk about inflation for 20 years,” says Jackson Takach, chief economist at Farmer Mac. “That’s not the case anymore.”

Read more on: Ag Web

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

The difference you make when you eat less meat

By: Vox - April 22, 2022

Lusk is realistic about just how much individual choices matter. “Any individual person is such a small piece of the overall story that me removing myself from the market has a very, very, very small effect on price,” he told me recently. But “if you go from the average [amount of chicken consumption] to zero, it’s a non-trivial consequence on the number of chickens that are out there … so maybe that’s the good news.”

Read more on: Vox

John Bovay, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech researchers to address methods for measuring on-farm food loss and waste

By: Agro Insurance - April 22, 2022

“Reducing food loss and waste may have implications for both the environmental impact of agriculture and for food prices,” said John Bovay, an assistant professor of food and health economics and the principal investigator for the project. “The environmental costs are mostly generated by inputs such as fertilizer, water, pesticides, and fuel to produce, market, and purchase food that eventually goes uneaten.”

Read more on: Agro Insurance

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University

Study Examines the Impact of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Biofuels Production

By: Engineered Systems - April 24, 2022

“This is the first comprehensive examination of market factors and policies on the expansion of biofuels production in the U.S. to examine the economic impact of these individual drivers separately,” said Farzad Taheripour, the Purdue University agricultural economist who led the study.

Read more on: Engineered Systems

Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin

Inflation hits Wisconsin food pantries and the families they support

By: PBS Wisconsin - April 26, 2022

Andrew Stevens, a professor of agricultural and applied economics at UW-Madison, said that in a period of rapid inflation, assistance programs can be slow to adapt.

Read more on: PBS Wisconsin

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

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By: Spectrum News 1 - April 27, 2022

“It’s so very very difficult to are getting problem to resolve now 300 years later,” said Dr. Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell professor in economics at RIT. “And then decide okay person X gets this amount of money, person Y gets some amount of money that’s less than what X gets. What’s the basis for making those kinds of distinctions?"

Read more on: Spectrum News 1

Todd Kuethe, Purdue University

Indiana’s farmland prices hit historic high

By: The Republic - April 24, 2022

Todd Kuethe, an associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue, said the top sales aren’t unusual for the region, as industrial and residential development efforts have driven most of the land transactions recently in Marion County and the surrounding counties, specifically those near major interstates.

Read more on: The Republic

Chadelle Robinson, New Mexico State University

NMSU National Agri-Marketing Association team competes in semifinals at nationals

By: Las Cruces Sun News - April 23, 2022

“NMSU NAMA provides students countless opportunities, from career and professional development to networking skills to actual hands-on marketing knowledge,” said Chadelle Robinson, NMSU NAMA adviser and Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business assistant professor.

Read more on: Las Cruces Sun News

Jackie Copfer, University of California, Berkeley

Preferences for Sustainability and Supply Chain Essential Worker Conditions: Survey Evidence during COVID-19

By: News Blaze, WICZ, Suncoast News Network, Terra Daily, Sangri Times, Next Wave Group, HTV 10, WPGX Fox 28, & Spoke - April 20, 2022

In the new article "Preferences for Sustainability and Supply Chain Essential Worker Conditions: Survey Evidence during COVID-19" Jackie Copfer, Nica Campbell, and Sofia Villas-Boas from the University of California, Berkeley, ask if consumers value sustainability and safe working conditions, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Read more on: News BlazeWICZ, Suncoast News Network, Terra Daily, Sangri Times, Next Wave Group, HTV 10, WPGX Fox 28, & Spoke

Chengcheng Fei, Texas A&M University
Bruce McCarl, Texas A&M University

Impacts of Climate Change on Water Management in the South Central Texas Region

By: Suncoast News Network, SNN TV, 3WZ, WPGX Fox 28, HTV 10, KMLK, WICZ, Street Insider, Northeast News Channel Nebraska, & Energy Daily - April 27, 2022

In the new article "Impacts of Climate Change on Water Management," generated under an NSF funded project, Chengcheng Fei, Bruce A. McCarl, Yingqian Yang, Yuhong Lei, Lingyi Li, Raghavan Srinivasan, and Bingru Sheng from Texas A&M University, Essayas Kaba Ayana from Formation Environmental, LLC, and Xinxin Fan from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign look into the challenges of water planning to meet increasing water demand in water scarce South Central Texas, and how climate change is also effecting the situation, on both demand and supply sides.

Read more on: Suncoast News Network, 3WZ, WPGX Fox 28, HTV 10, KMLK, WICZ, Street Insider, Northeast News Channel Nebraska, & Energy Daily

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