Monday, September 12, 2022

Members in the News: Gutierrez-Li, Michelson, Baylis, Lentz, Kim, Boyer, Benavidez, Vecchi, Jaenicke, Schmidt, Thilmany, Deller, Ortega, Bir, et al.

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Alejandro Gutierrez-Li, North Carolina State University

Farmers push for immigration reform to counter labor shortages and rising food prices

By: NBC News - September 5, 2022

Alejandro Gutierrez-Li, a professor in the department of agricultural and resource economics at North Carolina State University, said although it may not be a perfect piece of legislation it does tackle some of the most exigent issues facing agriculture and despite there being some “touchy” points, the bill has garnered more support among the farming community than other immigration reforms.

Read more on: NBC News

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kathy Baylis, University of California, Santa Barbara
Erin Lentz, University of Texas, Austin
Chungmann Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How A.I. technologies could help resolve food insecurity

By: Fortune - September 6, 2022

When it comes to food aid, timing is vital. Availability is often thwarted when crises occur, like climate and economic shocks, or conflict and migration. Accurately forecasting helps relief arrive to the right areas on time. A study published in January 2022 by the University of Illinois details how machine learning models can help facilitate better informed and quick decision-making in the complex, ever-changing environment of food insecurity.

“People are doing really heroic work in data-scarce environments. But some places could benefit from incorporating algorithmically-based investments,” says Hope Michelson, co-author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois.

Read more on: Fortune

Christopher Boyer, University of Tennessee
Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M University

Researchers analyze price ranges from fed cattle negotiated cash sales

By: - September 6, 2022

"While the motivation of many proposed policies is that increased negotiated purchase volumes will yield improved price discovery, results from this study suggest that daily higher negotiated trade volume is not necessarily associated with reduced volatility or improved price discovery," said lead researcher Chris Boyer.

Project team members include Chris Boyer and Charley Martinez from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, along with Joshua Maples from Mississippi State University and Justin Benavidez from Texas A&M University.

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Martina Vecchi, The Pennsylvania State University
Edward Jaenicke, Pennsylvania State University
Claudia Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University

Local food boon spurred by pandemic may be short-lived, new research reports

By: & Lab Manager - September 6, 2022

"During the , changed and so did the sourcing of that food," said Martina Vecchi, assistant professor of at Penn State and lead author on the study. "A lot of people started exploring different ways of purchasing food and we wanted to understand the determining factors in their decisions."

In addition to Vecchi, the research team includes Edward Jaenicke and Claudia Schmidt of Penn State's Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education.

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Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

AirB-n-BAWK! Minn. egg producer invites guests to stay, work on the farm

By: MPR News - September 2, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates it’s a nearly billion dollar industry. But that’s likely a severe undercount, said Dawn Thilmany, a professor at Colorado State University who researches agritourism.

Read more on: MPR News

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Helping rural communities with economic development

By: Wisconsin Public Radio - August 23, 2022

Rural communities often lack the resources to engage in detailed economic development planning that urban areas routinely conduct. We chat with an economics professor at UW-Madison who is assisting with a pilot project to help five rural communities create a development strategy. 

Read more on: Wisconsin Public Radio

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Food inflation – explained through a chocolate chip cookie recipe

By: MLive - September 5, 2022

“For flour, that’s going to be tied to the Ukraine conflict, which sent commodity prices for things like wheat and corn surging. That’s making its way down the supply chain,” said David Ortega, a food economist at Michigan State University.

Read more on: MLive

Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Beekeeping for Beginners with OSU's Courtney Bir

By: Oklahoma Farm Report - August 31, 2022

“We have a really great fact sheet that is available online that goes through all of the items and the average costs,” Bir said. “There are some really great kits that can help you get started that have everything that you need, but really it is a deep box that has the frames, some wax, a hive tool, a bee-keeping suit of course so you don’t get stung, a smoker if you choose, the bees, some feeders and sugar water- there is a lot of different options.”

Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University

Purdue specialists make clear international meals, financial safety crises

By: News Times 18 - September 4, 2022

“Financial situations and meals provide disruptions are occurring that might result in political instability in additional international locations throughout the globe. We aren’t there but, however there may be purpose to be involved,” Lusk says. “The agricultural system cannot instantly improve provide. The hamburger you might be consuming right this moment is the results of selections made three years in the past.”

“Proper now, we now have a contradiction of objectives,” Taheripour says. “We need to safe a provide of crude oil to keep up consumption of gasoline at decrease costs, however for environmental considerations we additionally need to transfer away from petroleum merchandise and improve use of cleaner sources of power.”

Read more on: News Times 18

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Lower prices could be ahead for many farm commodities

By: Columbia Daily Tribune - September 4, 2022

There are a lot of reasons that farm product prices have increased over the last two years. Poor growing conditions reduced this year’s soybean crop in South America and summer grain crops in Europe and this country. The war in Ukraine has limited exports by a major trading country.

Read more on: Columbia Daily Tribune

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