Monday, June 6, 2022

Members in the News: Smith, Irwin, Outlaw, Fischer, Irwin, Hart, Ortega, Ando, Deller, Tonsor, Stevens, Bir, & Batabyal


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Sarah Smith, University of California, Davis

Climate change is coming for your pizza sauce

By: National Geographic - June 2, 2022

And Sarah Smith, a researcher at Davis, found that even one really hot day over 110°F drives a drop in both tomato yield and quality, costing a grower about one percent of their overall revenue.

Watch on: National Geographic

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What the Rising Cost of Food and Fuel Can Teach Us About Justice

By: Treehugger - May 31, 2022

Scott H. Irwin, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explained in a Time magazine piece that the problem with the most recent disruptions is not that we’ll run out of grains, but rather that price rises will leave the poorest and most vulnerable at risk of going hungry.

Read more on: Treehugger

Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University
Bart Fischer, Texas A&M University

Report shows impact of higher crop, input prices

By: & Ag Fax - May 27, 2022

The report was compiled by Joe Outlaw, Ph.D., and Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-directors of the AFPC in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M, Bryan-College Station. Other department contributors included Henry Bryant, Ph.D., J. Marc Raulston, George Knapek, and Brian Herbst. The AFPC is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Read more on: & Ag Fax

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chad Hart, Iowa State University

Workable Volatility

By: Ethanol Producer Magazine - May 22, 2022

Black swan events are rare, totally unpredictable events with severe consequences. Think Covid. Think Ukraine war. Scott Irwin goes back even further. “The first one was the trade war with China. Then you got the sudden huge return of China buying U.S. commodities in the second half of 2020. Then you had the pandemic, where the bottom fell out of everything. Then all the uncertainties in recovering from that, like what happened with ethanol in 2021, which was very positive. Now in March of 2022, the closest thing to an outbreak of World War III since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.”

Ag economist Chad Hart, at Iowa State University, agrees that volatility is nothing new. “We’ve seen this before. These plant managers do know how to manage through these times.” Recently, he says, producers utilized the increased profits to book corn deeper into the future. “Over the past six to eight months, we saw the ethanol industry become some of the more aggressive bidders for corn, and not only in the spot market, but also deferred pricing.”

Read more on: Ethanol Producer Magazine

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Hunger and food shortages: the silent crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine

By: El Mercurio - May 21, 2022

The risks of a world food crisis as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine are very serious. Ukraine is a major supplier and exporter of cereal grains and edible oils, and together with Russia, supplies many countries in Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, who depend on exports from this region,” said David Ortega, food economist, and professor at Michigan State University.

Read more on: El Mercurio

Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's rural startups are in decline, but a pandemic-era trend could reverse that

By: Wisconsin Public Radio - May 30, 2022

The report — by UW-Madison Agricultural and Applied Economics researchers Tessa Conroy, Steven Deller and Ted Callon — notes that "Even though startup activity has generally been higher in rural Wisconsin compared to more urban areas, startup rates have been declining in general, and relatively steeply, in remote Wisconsin."

Read more on: Wisconsin Public Radio

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

USDA releases first of 3 proposed rule reforms to Packers and Stockyards Act

By: High Plains Journal - May 29, 2022

Poultry has long been a contract marketing system, said Glynn Tonsor, a professor in agricultural economics at Kansas State University who studies meat supply chains and consumer demands.

Read more on: High Plains Journal

Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin

Memorial Day BBQ costing more for shoppers as meat prices spike heading into weekend

By: TMJ4 - May 27, 2022

"The food that you purchase at the grocery store is even higher. It's nearly 10.8% higher than it was a year ago," said Andrew Stevens, assistant professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Read more on: TMJ4

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Women in Agriculture, Small Business conference coming to OKC

By: The Journal Record - June 1, 2022

“There will be something for everyone, from beginning farmers and ranchers to established operators,” Bir said. “We’ll talk about traditional topics and enterprises, such as cattle, as well as diverse enterprises and new ways of interacting with customers.”

Read more on: The Journal Record

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Is vast wealth created by housing market good?

By: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - May 22, 2022

The Federal Reserve recently reported a stunning statistic. In the last two years, homeowners in America have gained more than $6 trillion in housing wealth. The magnitude of this wealth and the speed with which it has been created has no precedent in modern times.

Read more on: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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