Monday, August 22, 2022

Members in the News: Ellison, Kalaitzandonakes, Liu, Fan, Lusk, Chen, Roderick, Aglasan, Chenarides, Schnitkey, and Mintert

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Brenna Ellison, Purdue University
Maria Kalaitzandonakes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Looks at Food-Buying Behavior During Different Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Pork, Beef Magazine, National Hog Farmer,, Mirage News, & Quick Telecast  - August 11, 2022

Ocepek worked with Brenna Ellison, a former Illinois professor of agricultural and consumer economics who is now at Purdue University, and Illinois doctoral student in agricultural and consumer economics Maria Kalaitzandonakes. The researchers reported their findings in the journal PLOS ONE.

“We wanted to understand what happened when people were on the other side of the panic mindset and see how people were behaving. Once people started to become familiar with the new normal, how was food buying changing?” Ellison said.

Read more on: Pork, Beef Magazine, National Hog Farmer,, Mirage News, & Quick Telecast

Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia

  • Plunge in cotton prices plaguing growers
    By: The Covington News - July 22, 2022
  • Georgia cotton farmers endure roller coaster prices
    By: GPB - August 13, 2022

Linlin Fan, Pennsylvania State University

With Grocery Prices Up, Families Turn To Food Waste Apps

By: Next City - August 8, 2022

Agricultural economist Linlin Fan estimates that the average American household wastes 32% of purchased food, causing $240 billion in economic losses every year. Fan, an assistant professor of agricultural economics at Penn State, therefore sees value in these types of apps.

Read more on: Next City

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Le Chen, North Carolina State University
Roderick Rejesus, North Carolina State University
Serkan Aglasan, North Carolina State University

Even Small No-Till Adoption Increases Land Values

By: No-Till Farmer, Science Daily, & - August 8, 2022

By combining all three data sets, researchers Le Chen, Roderick Rejesus, Serkan Aglasan, Steph Hagen and William Salas found that a 1% increase in no-tillage adoption within a county can increase agricultural land value by $7.86 per acre across 12 Midwestern states covered by the OpTIS database: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Using the Iowa State data, they concluded 1% adoption of no-till at the county level increases farmland values $14.75 (and possibly more) per acre inside Iowa. 

Read more on: No-Till Farmer, Science Daily, &

Lauren Chenarides, Arizona State University

Are dollar stores the villains they've been made out to be?

By: Fast Company - August 18, 2022

Dollar stores have faced a litany of complaints as they continue to expand across the United States. Some say that they drive small mom-and-pop grocery stores out of business. Others complain that they make us fat by not offering fresh, healthy food options. Dollar stores have even been accused of being hotbeds for crime in poor neighborhoods. Some municipalities have gone so far as banning the opening of new dollar stores in their communities. However, many of the prevailing narratives surrounding dollar stores are not supported by solid evidence.

Read more on: Fast Company

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Consider variable cash lease to manage 2023 land costs

By: Farm Progress - August 9, 2022

The topic of rising land rents came up last week during a meeting I had with a southeast Iowa farm operation. We were analyzing their estimated 2023 crop expenses to determine their break-evens and the money available to apply toward land costs.

Read more on: Farm Progress

James Mintert, Purdue University

Wait and see: Pessimism about ag economy has farmers rethinking capital investments

By: News and Tribune - July 18, 2022

“Rising input costs and uncertainty about the future continue to weigh on farmer sentiment,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “Many producers remain concerned about the ongoing escalation in production costs as well as commodity price volatility, which could lead to a production cost/income squeeze in 2023.”

Read more on: News and Tribune

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