Monday, October 3, 2022

Members in the News: Ortega, Lusk, Masters, Katchova, Lee, Ward, Sheldon, Kauffman, Wolf, Pena-Levano, Khanna, Whitacre, Biedny, and Batabyal

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David Ortega, Michigan State University

Grocery store prices aren’t coming down anytime soon

By: CNN - September 30, 2022

“There’s a lot of uncertainty,” said David Ortega, food economist and associate professor at Michigan State University. It’s not clear when the war in Ukraine will end, or how weather will impact crops in the future. “That’s one of the reasons why prices take longer to come down.”

Read more on: CNN

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
William Masters, Tufts University

Food prices are soaring, and that’s changed how we eat

By: CNN & ZPhysician Newspaper - September 24, 2022

“If food prices continue to increase at a rate that outpaces increases in wages, that is the inevitable consequence,” said Jayson Lusk, head of the agricultural economics department at Purdue University. “The last time we had a big run up in food insecurity rates was in the wake of the Great Recession.” Last year, about 10.2% of US households were food insecure, according to the USDA, slightly below the 10.5% rate in 2020 and 2019.

Food “matters a lot to our self esteem, our mood,” said William Masters, a professor at Tufts University’ school of nutrition science and policy who is also a member of the economics department faculty. “Not being able to buy the foods that people are used to — that your children are asking for, that your family wants — that’s a really hard thing,” he said. “Any disruption of habit is very, very hard.”

Read more on: CNN & Zphysician Newspaper

Ani Katchova, The Ohio State University
Seungki Lee, The Ohio State University
Barry Ward, The Ohio State University
Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University

  • Farm Science Review: Farm incomes strong; inflation, inputs are challenges
    By: Farm and Dairy - September 28, 2022
  • Farm economic and market outlook
    By: Ohio County Journal - September 29, 2022

Nate Kauffman, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Ag Economy Faces Global Risks

By: Progressive Farmer - September 30, 2022

Despite higher-priced inputs, interest rates and inflation, overall conditions for Midwest farmers right now are stronger than they were before the pandemic, said Nate Kauffman, an economist for the Omaha branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Read more on: Progressive Farmer

Christopher Wolf, Cornell University

Milk quality, understanding that PPD! & a peek into future milk prices

By: Morning Ag Clips - September 25, 2022

The final speaker will be Dr. Christopher Wolf. He will discuss what dairy producers can expect from future market conditions and what the likelihood of Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) payments will be.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

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

UWRF researchers studying impact of robotic milking tech

By: WisPolitics - September 27, 2022

According to a release from the university, Luis Peña-Lévano and Shaheer Burney from UW-River Falls’ Agricultural Economics Department will be working with other specialists from the University of Minnesota, University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and Texas A&M University. 

Read more on: WisPolitics

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

UI's Solar Farm 2.0 now a hotbed for new research

By: The News-Gazette - September 24, 2022

“Solar farms are really profitable, much more than corn and soybean farming. So there is this potential conflict between food and energy,” said Madhu Khanna, professor in Environmental Economics and director of the Institute of Sustainability, Energy and Environment at UIUC. “Agrivoltaics is a good alternative for how we can produce both food and energy from the same land.”

Read more on: The News-Gazette

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University
Christina Biedny, Oklahoma State University

Broadband is coming to rural communities. Will farmers be left behind?

By: Capital Press - September 28, 2022

"This latest takeaway that ag doesn't look like it's going to be included (in the map) is not promising, frankly," said Brian Whitacre, an agricultural economics professor and digital divide researcher at Oklahoma State University.

In Oklahoma, for example, in an analysis of 2020-2021 data, Whitacre and co-researcher Christina Biedny, a Ph.D. student, found that agriculture was the least-served land use category, with 39% of agricultural structures lacking 25 megabits per second download/3 Mbps upload and 78% lacking the speed the Fiber Optic Association defines as "sufficient:" 100/20 Mbps.

Read more on: Capital Press

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Processes, not incentives – what we need to address climate change now

By: Rochester Business Journal - September 20, 2022

This means thinking seriously about geoengineering or climate engineering. This kind of engineering embraces two types of technologies: carbon dioxide removal and, most interestingly, sunlight reflection methods.

Read more on: Rochester Business Journal

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