Monday, October 17, 2022

Members in the News: Ortega, Peña-Lévano, Burney, Khanna, Taheripour, Kozicki, Skidmore, Mintert, Ribera, Zapata, Westhoff, Batabyal, Baker, et al.

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David Ortega, Michigan State University

The major factors driving up the cost of food

By: PBS - October 11, 2022

David Ortega: First, we have the supply chain disruptions from COVID that are still lingering. Those lead to rising energy prices, rising transportation costs, rising labor costs. On average, 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food can be tied back to the farm.

Read more on: PBS

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

Universities collaborate to study feasibility of robotic milking

By: Feedstuffs - October 11, 2022

Peña-Lévano and Burney hope the results of their research will guide dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota as they consider whether to make the significant investment necessary to transition to an automatic milking system.

Read more on: Feedstuffs

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Journal of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

New study looks at the innerworkings of the RFS

By: The Digest - September 19, 2022

In the new article “Assessing the Efficiency Implications of Renewable Fuel Policy Design in the United States” published in the open access Journal of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, Past President Madhu Khanna from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Jia Zhong (at the Ford Motor Company, estimate the extent to which the design of the Renewable Fuel Standard has limited consumption of higher blends of ethanol (E85) in the United States and led to a “blend wall” at 10% blend of ethanol.

Read more on: The Digest

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University
Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How green are biofuels? Scientists are at loggerheads

By: Knowable Magazine - October 6, 2022

Farzad Taheripour, an agricultural economist at Purdue and a key member of the GTAP-BIO team, rejects these criticisms out of hand. The assumptions in the model, he says, are based on the best evidence that the team can find, and nobody is trying to make biofuels look more climate-friendly than they really are. “All the changes,” he says, “are based on facts.” 

It is also becoming clearer to the scientists who’ve been debating biofuels that they’ll never resolve their differences on the exact effects of biofuel production on greenhouse emissions. “It’s a very polarized question,” says Madhu Khanna, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who coauthored the critiques of Lark’s paper. For some, she says, concerns will remain, “no matter what the evidence is.”

Read more on: Knowable Magazine

Michael Kozicki, Arizona State University

The case for making chips at home again

By: Marketwatch - October 8, 2022

“We’ve always been a tremendous source of new technologies, new materials, new processes, new devices, new circuits, new systems,” professor of electrical engineering at Arizona State University Michael Kozicki said on this week’s episode of the Best New Ideas in Money podcast. “But the manufacturing… began to slip away from us to places where labor was cheaper and there were other ways of saving costs and transitioning away from manufacturing, we began to lose our grip on the semiconductor industry.”

View on: Marketwatch

Marin Skidmore, University of Wisconsin-Madison
American Journal of Agricultural Economics

How do cattle ranchers in Brazil cope with climate change?

By:, Precaliga, Today's Chronic, NewsCalf, Science Daily, Eaurasia Review & Illinois Ag Connection - October 9, 2022

Since the dry season in Brazil is increasing up to 0.6 days per year, cattle face increased stress, and ranchers are more likely to sell them earlier. “Through talking with cattle ranchers, I kept hearing about ways they had to change their production to cope with the dry season. They are used to a dry season every year, but they noticed it was getting worse,” said study author Marin Skidmore, an assistant professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at U of I.

Read more on:, Precaliga, Today's Chronic, NewsCaf, Science Daily, Eurasia Review, & Illinois Ag Connection

James Mintert, Purdue University

Farmer Sentiment Drifts Lower, Rising Interest Rates Contribute to Uneasiness

By: Oklahoma Farm Report - October 4, 2022

"Concerns about input costs and, in some cases, availability are key factors behind the relative weakness in this month's farmer sentiment," said James Mintert, the barometer's principal investigator and director of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture. "However, a growing number of producers are also concerned about the impact of rising interest rates on their farm operations."

Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report

Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
Samuel Zapata, Texas A&M University

AgriLife Extension-led project will help Hispanic farmers, ranchers

By: Morning Ag Clips - October 9, 2022

Along with Abello, other AgriLife Extension economists involved in the project will be Luis Ribera, Ph.D., professor and AgriLife Extension economist who is director of the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M; Samuel Zapata, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M’s Higher Education Center at McAllen; and Yuri Calil, Ph.D. an assistant professor in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi.

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Missouri farm income strong today, but worries ahead

By: Columbia Daily Tribune - October 2, 2022

Missouri net farm income could match or exceed last year’s record level in 2022, according to a report released recently by the Rural and Farm Finance (RaFF) center at the University of Missouri. However, farm income is projected to decline in 2023 and 2024, as the value of farm product sales drops more rapidly than production expenses.

View on: Columbia Daily Tribune

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Use solar geoengineering to fight climate change

By: San Antonio Express-News - October 3, 2022

Scientists, economists and policymakers throughout the world now agree that climate change is the most serious environmental problem confronting humankind. Although these long-term changes in temperatures and weather patterns are caused, at least to some extent, by natural forces, there is consensus that at least since the 1800s, human activities have been the primary factor in making climate change a salient problem.

Read more on: San Antonio Express-News

Hannah Baker, Oklahoma State University
Hannah Shear, Oklahoma State University

Patch burning a potential cost saver for supplemental feed

By: Enid News & Eagle - October 9, 2022

“With patch burning, you’re breaking that pasture up into different sections, and burning a certain section each year in a three-year rotation,” said Hannah Baker, an OSU graduate student in agricultural economics.

“This particular research has required a lot of interdisciplinary work and collaboration between departments, researchers and projects with different objectives,” said Hannah Shear, professor of ag economics and Baker’s supervisor on the project. “Hannah Baker’s role has been to work with these researchers to better understand their data and results, so she could incorporate them into a larger economic analysis.”

Read more on: Enid News & Eagle

Seung Jin Cho, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
John Winters, Iowa State University
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Resource Booms, State Economic Conditions, and Child Food Security

By: News Blaze, Benzinga, News Channel Nebraska Midplains, News Channel Nebraska Panhandle, & The Quiet Grove - October 7, 2022

Dr. Cho from Korea Institute for International Economic Policy along with Dr. Kreider and Dr. Winters from Iowa State University wondered if better economic conditions would improve child food security.

Read more on: News Blaze, Benzinga, News Channel Nebraska Midplains, News Channel Nebraska Panhandle, & The Quiet Grove

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University

One-third of food produced in the US goes to waste—here’s how that impacts the environment

By: WNCT, News Channel Nebraska Central, News Channel Nebraska Metro, News Channel Nebraska Midplains, News Channel Nebraska Panhandle, HTV 10, WICZ, Manhattan Week, & Seed Daily - October 10, 2022

According to Brian Roe, professor and faculty lead at the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative, the average American family can put thousands of dollars of food in the trash each year.

Read more on: WNCT, News Channel Nebraska Central, News Channel Nebraska Metro, News Channel Nebraska Midplains, News Channel Nebraska Panhandle, HTV 10, WICZ, Manhattan Week, & Seed Daily

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