Monday, May 16, 2022

Members in the News: Ortega, Mintert, Mark, Kolodinsky, Ando, Nemati, Sumner, Goetz, Pan, Schmidt, Mallory, Batabyal, Lusk, Whitacre, et al.

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Daniel Ortega, Michigan State University

When will food prices go back down?

By: Futurity - May 10, 2022

The war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change have halted food production worldwide and have led to large price increases that are affecting average families, says David Ortega.

Watch on: Futurity

Mehdi Nemati, University of California, Riverside

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    By: AP News - January 19, 2022
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    By: The Orange County Register - May 6, 2022

James Mintert, Purdue University

Producer sentiment improves with strengthened commodity prices

By: Dairy Business - May 6, 2022

“Rising prices for major commodities, especially corn and soybeans, appear to be leading the change in producers’ improved financial outlook,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “However, it’s hard to overstate the magnitude of the cost increases producers say they are facing.”

Read more on: Dairy Business

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
Tyler Mark, University of Kentucky

Where Does the U.S. Hemp Industry Go From Here?

By: Hemp Benchmarks & WSIL TV - May 11, 2022

Meanwhile, the hemp cannabinoid sector continues to be weighed down by what is actually in its supply chain. Tyler Mark, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Economics Department, noted the excess hemp biomass “still sitting on the market” from the past several years continues to depress prices.

Regarding the FDA, “something has to happen,” said Jane Kolodinsky, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Vermont’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Hemp-derived CBD products, she told Hemp Benchmarks, could be classified by the federal government as GRAS, or Generally Regarded as Safe.

Read more on: Hemp Benchmarks & WSIL TV

Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Green roofs are worth the cost for urban residents

By: Bioengineer & VN Explorer - May 3, 2022

“Countries around the world are investing significant public resources to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff,” explains Amy Ando, professor of agricultural and consumer economics at U of I, and a co-author on the study. “Green roofs are part of that solution because they capture some of the rain that would otherwise end up in sewage systems. Knowing the benefits from investing in green roofs is important for implementing sound public policies.”

Read more on: Bioengineer & VN Explorer

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Pistachios Are Not Replacing Dairy Milk

By: Ag Info - May 9, 2022

Daniel Sumner is a UCANR distinguished professor of agricultural economics at UC Davis. He explains why pistachios may stay out of the milk replacement area.

Read more on: Ag Info

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin

Case factory worker strike continues as union members fight for higher wages, COVID-19 protections

By: Wisconsin Public Radio - May 6, 2022

Steven Deller, professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said unions like the UAW are playing catch-up after years, if not decades, of making concessions.

Read more on: Wisconsin Public Radio

Stephan Goetz, Pennsylvania State University
Yuxuan Pan, Pennsylvania State University
Claudia Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University

Using Tweets to Predict Real-Time Food Shortages

By: Pennsylvania Ag Connection - May 5, 2022

The sentiments and emotions expressed in tweets on Twitter can be used in real time to assess where supply chain disruptions due to a pandemic, war or natural disaster may lead to food shortages, according to researchers at Penn State and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. They found that food security-related tweets that expressed anger, disgust or fear were strongly correlated with actual food insufficiency in certain U.S. states early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more on: Pennsylvania Ag Connection

Mindy Mallory, Purdue University

Russia's war with Ukraine complicates economics for Indiana farmers

By: Indiana Public Media - May 6, 2022

“A lot of the export infrastructure is receiving heavy damage along the ocean shipping ports,” Mindy Mallory, an associate professor of agricultural economics and endowed chair of food & agriculture marketing. “It takes time to rebuild that kind of infrastructure. So that will certainly be impacting Ukraine's ability to export going forward. Even if this conflict were resolved today.”

Read more on: Indiana Public Media

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

How not to set policy to reduce the price of gasoline

By: Rochester Business Journal - May 9, 2022

High gas prices in the U.S. cause a lot of pain for Americans every time they take their vehicles to gas stations to fill up.

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Rural Communities Struggle More with Food Insecurity, Says Purdue Report

By: 95.3 MNC - May 11, 2022

Although not a new trend, the difference in food insecurity between urban and rural demographics was clear in the survey results, said Jayson Lusk, the head and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, who leads the center.

Read more on: 95.3 MNC

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University

Governor Kevin Stitt signs bills expanding Rural broadband connectivity

By: The Oklahoma City Sentinel - May 6, 2022

In an analysis for the Oklahoma Policy Institute last month, Professor Brian Whitacre, an agricultural economics director at Oklahoma State University, said "Oklahoma has been behind the curve in establishing administrative infrastructure to increase access to broadband. Fortunately, federal American Rescue Plan Act funds can be directed toward that key infrastructure. Oklahoma has already set aside $2 million to build a broadband map that will highlight the areas lacking broadband availability at different speed thresholds. The map will include geocoded data for households, agricultural, and business structures, and the state will work with local providers and third-party speed tests to ensure that the map captures real-time, 'on-the-ground” broadband availability.'" 

Read more on: The Oklahoma City Sentinel

Amy Hagerman, Oklahoma State University

USDA programs help with ag losses

By: Enid News & Eagle - May 7, 2022

“Sometimes a cost-share program doesn’t result in much of a payment to producers, but with high input costs and inflation right now, these programs become significant,” said Amy Hagerman, OSU Extension agriculture policy specialist.

Read more on: Enid News & Eagle

Joel Cuffey, Auburn University
Wenying Li, Auburn University
Lauren Chenarides, Arizona State University
Shuoli Zhoa, University of Kentucky
Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy

Consumer Spending Patterns for Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

By: WPGX Fox 28, Nebraska News Channel Northeast, 3WZ FM, News Channel Nebraska Panhandle, KMLK, WTNZ Fox 43, Street Insider, Seed Daily, The Luxury Chronicle, News Blaze, & Benzinga - May 12, 2022

In the new article "Consumer spending patterns for plant-based meat alternatives" published in the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Joel Cuffey and Wenying Li from Auburn University, Lauren Chenarides from Arizona State University, and Shuoli Zhao from the University of Kentucky, find out who is buying plant-based meat and do they continue buying after they try it.

Read more on: WPGX Fox 28Nebraska News Channel Northeast, 3WZ FM, News Channel Nebraska Panhandle, KMLK, WTNZ Fox 43, Street Insider, Seed Daily, The Luxury Chronicle, News Blaze, & Benzinga

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