Monday, August 15, 2022

Members in the News: Barrett, Ortega, Ortiz-Bobea, Wang, Bir, Deller, Briggeman, Schnitkey, et al.

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David Ortega, Michigan State University

  • That Dinner Tab Has Soared. Here Are All The Reasons.
    By: The New York Times - August 9, 2022
  • How Costco Keeps Its Hot Dog Combo Price Consistent
    By: Mashed - July 30, 2022

Chris Barrett, Cornell University
David Ortega, Michigan State University

Food price increases show signs of moderating

By: Marketplace - August 1, 2022

“All of those pigs need to eat,” said Chris Barrett, an economist at Cornell. “And that increased demand for corn and soy and other things.” So those became more expensive. 

Climate change is also playing a role, according to David Ortega, a food economist at Michigan State.

“We’ve seen droughts in parts of the U.S., you know, the heat wave that set records in Europe, but also in other important agricultural-producing regions — South America and Canada,” he said. “And so that’s led to less product being available, which adds upward pressure on prices.”

Read more on: Marketplace

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University

'It's tragic': Extreme heat could erase progress on child malnutrition in West Africa, scientists warn

By: Insider - August 4, 2022

Ortiz-Bobea was part of a team that analyzed health and weather data from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Togo. Stunted growth from malnutrition was nearly 6% more prevalent among children who spent at least 12 days per month in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, or 95 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers found.

Read more on: Insider

Haoying Wang, New Mexico Tech

 Precision Agriculture Technology and US Tree Nuts Production

By: Nutfruit Magazine - July 2022

Despite the labor market and supply chain interruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the US agricultural sector still managed to export $8.4 billion worth of tree nuts to the world in 2020. To keep up with the growing demand, the buzzword is precision agriculture.

Read more on: Nutfruit Magazine
This piece begins on Page 22 in the July 2022 edition.

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

 Leadership and Honeybees

By: AgriMarketing - July/August 2022

Last summer, I had a personal foray into beekeeping while simultaneously being challenged professionally to change the way I thought about decision-making with limited data. This year, I was challenged to think about leadership.

Read more on: AgriMarketing

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin

Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University

  • Farmers need to prepare for rising interest rates
    By: Kansas Farmer - July 15, 2022
  • Interest rates, inflation top of mind in ag sector
    By: High Plains Journal - July 16, 2022

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University

Nitrogen price outlook

By: WFIN & Ohio County Journal - August 2, 2022

Farmers will face much higher fertilizer prices to begin the 2023 planning season. For 2022, farmers who purchased fertilizer early had much lower fertilizer costs than those who purchased later as prices increased. The same increasing trajectory may not occur this year, and prices could be lower next spring. Farmers purchasing fertilizer early may wish to price a portion of corn production to cover costs. Splitting nitrogen fertilizer applications also is a risk management strategy.

Read more on: WFIN & Ohio County Journal

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