Monday, October 24, 2022

Members in the News: Koontz, Ortega, Somogyi, Mintert, Becker, Winter-Nelson, Schnitkey, Colussi, Ando, Lusk, Batabyal, et al.

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Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University

Paying higher prices for groceries isn't just inflation, but part of a complicated equation

By: CBS News - October 13, 2022

Koontz says it's taking producers time to get back up to speed. A major obstacle to that is labor. Producers have to replace those workers they let go during the shutdown. Many may not want to come back. 

Read more on: CBS News

David Ortega, Michigan State University

  • Why food keeps getting more expensive
    By: Vox - October 13, 2022
  • PBS NewsHour's list of factors driving food inflation ignores Biden's policies
    By: Fox News - October 12, 2022

Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph

Metro says its holding prices steady as usual this winter in wake of Loblaw campaign

By: Yahoo! Finance & CP24  - October 18, 2022

"It gave the impression that retailers were colluding to fix the price of food products that they buy from suppliers, which is illegal," said Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph professor and Arrell Chair in the Business of Food. "There appeared to be an anti-competition issue."

Read more on: Yahoo! Finance & CP24

Jim Mintert, Purdue University

USDA further reduces corn, soybean production numbers

By: Feed Strategy - October 17, 2022

The agency cut the estimated size of the 2022 corn crop by more than a billion bushels compared with last year’s crop. Yet despite the substantial decline in corn yields, the cuts were in line with long-running expectations for what this year’s corn harvest might look like, according to Jim Mintert, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University.

Read more on: Feed Strategy

Douglas Becker, University of Idaho

Letting farmland recover may let air quality recover, too

By: AGU - October 12, 2022

“Because the decommissioned land no longer requires all the inputs that agricultural land does, and because we know that translates into so many benefits, we wanted to see if that would translate into air quality benefits, too,” said Douglas Becker, an environmental health scientist at the University of Idaho who led the study.

Read more on: AGU

Alex Winter-Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

$30 Million USAID Grant Allows African Farmers to Adopt New Technologies

By: Seed World - October 4, 2022

“The U of I has a long history of work building knowledge and capacity for agricultural development in Africa and an even longer record of research on soybean production and utilization. Under Goldsmith’s leadership and with USAID’s support, SIL has married our capabilities in international agriculture and soybean value chains to make a real difference globally,” said Alex Winter-Nelson, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science’s associate dean of research.

Read more on: Seed World

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joana Colussi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brazil's corn sector emerges as future challenger to US

By: Agri-Pulse - October 12, 2022

Brazil has been steadily planting more corn in recent years, and production may be on the verge of explosive growth as farmers double and even triple crop to take advantage of high prices, Chinese demand and a rising domestic ethanol sector.

Read more on: Agri-Pulse

Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

U of I paper spotlights challenges, solutions to ag's role in carbon markets

By: Farm Week Now - October 11, 2022

In addition to high upfront costs, tenant farmers are also hesitant to adopt a conservation practice because the benefits of that practice — better soil health increases the land’s value, for example — likely will only be accessible by a future tenant or the landowner, said Amy Ando, a professor in the U of I’s College of Agricultural & Consumer Economics who led the study.

View on: Farm Week Now

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Gender differences in food choices are surprisingly small

By: Morning Ag Clips - October 16, 2022

“In this issue, we break down our results across male/female and married/unmarried respondents. We wanted to explore gender gaps in food consumption and the effect of marriage choices,” said Jayson Lusk, the head and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue who leads the center.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • College completion rates: A good outcome for a potentially bad reason
    By: Rochester Business Journal - October 14, 2022
  • Another Voice: Current global conditions are making China dangerous
    By: The Buffalo News - October 19, 2022

Luis Peña-Lévano, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Shaheer Burney, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Professors studying cost effectiveness of milking systems

By: River Falls Journal - October 14, 2022

“As a first-year professor, it was a huge deal, not just for me but for all of those on my team that we got this grant on the first try,” said Peña-Lévano, a native of Peru who joined UWRF’s faculty in July 2021.

Likewise, Burney said he was “ecstatic” to learn UWRF was awarded what he referred to as a highly competitive grant that receives applications from researchers in many different disciplines.

Read more on: River Falls Journal

Kashi Kafle, Texas A&M University

Subsidised solar irrigation pumps: Not benefitting needy farmers

By: The Himalayan - October 12, 2022

With limited access to electricity – that too plagued with irregular supply and rapidly fluctuating voltages – farmers are left with no choice. Unaware of the serious consequences of fossil fuels on climate change, farmers who can afford a diesel pump own and use them without a second thought.

Read more on: The Himalayan

Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Two Nebraska farm groups oppose hog confinement law; a third calls issue 'complicated'

By: Omaha World-Herald - October 18, 2022

Brad Lubben, an extension policy specialist in agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said the law is “almost entirely forcing a production system on the rest of the country — not forcing the rest of the country to catch up to the California system” because the nation’s most populous state produces less than 1% of the pork that is consumed.

Read more on: Omaha World-Herald

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