Monday, December 19, 2022

Members in The News: Kalambokidis, Villacis, Ortega, Rutledge, Brewer, Outlaw, et al.

*Disclaimer - This email is to acknowledge citations of current AAEA members and/or their research in any public media channel. AAEA does not agree nor disagree with the views or attitudes of cited outside publications.

Laura Kalambokidis, University of Minnesota

"Minnesota Budget Surplus Tops $17 Billion, December 6, 2022"

By: MPR News - December 6, 2022

“Minnesota remains susceptible to headwinds beyond its borders. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, high inflation and the Federal Reserve’s moves to raise interest rates have weakened the state’s real GDP outlook, while job growth is expected to slow amid an expected mild recession”

Read more on: MPR News, CBS Minnesota, MinnPost

Alexis Villacis, Arizona State University

"‘C’ You Later: Cannabis Sales Soar, But Don’t Threaten Arizona’s 5 C’s Yet"

By: AZPM - December 11, 2022

"Arizona’s climate makes it difficult to grow cannabis, and while greenhouses can help address that issue, Arizona has a lot of catching up to do with other states. For example, we have 35,000 square feet of indoors cannabis and hemp. In California, there are over 4 million square feet, Colorado has over 2 million and Kentucky has around 200,000. So, Arizona is pretty small compared to other states,”

Read more on: AZPM, Phoenix Business Journal

David Ortega, Michigan State University

  • “Food Prices Aren't Showing Signs of Slowing. Here's How Communities Are Stepping In”
    By: CNET - December 12, 2022
  • Here's Why Food Prices Remain Stubbornly High Even as Inflation Cools"
    By: The Pulse - December 13, 2022

Zachariah Rutledge, Michigan State University

"In Rural California, Farmworkers Fend for Themselves for Health Care: ‘We Have a Right to Survive”

By: Visalia Times Delta - December 8, 2022

"While Kissam said it shows about 350,000 agricultural workers in California, Zachariah Rutledge of Michigan State University reported an annual average of 882,000 California farmworkers between 2018 and 2021. About 550,000 are field workers or processing and packing-shed workers, according to Kissam’s estimate.”

Read more on:
Visalia Times Delta, GPN

Brady Brewer, Purdue University

"Top Farmer Conference Focuses on Positioning Strategies In 2023”

By: Potbsmap - Decemebr 9, 2022

“Agriculture is a dynamic and changing industry. We developed the Top Farmer Conference with that in mind. We want producers and agribusiness professionals alike to understand the current economic climate and identify strategies that will position their operations for future growth and success.”

Read more on: Potbsmap

Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University

"2023 Farm Bill Discussions Relate to Money”

By: North Texas E-News - December 11, 2022

"Proponents of minimizing government spending need to know that “if you cut all of the agriculture spending, you wouldn’t make much of an impact on overall government spending. But without more money dedicated to agriculture, we can’t make programs better for the farmers.”

Read more on: North Texas E-News

Jordan Shockley, University of Kentucky

“The Economic Value of Applying Broiler Litter”

By: Brownfield - December 12, 2022

“Farmers need to run the numbers to see if it is a right fit for their operations. We actually had a tool on our Ag Econ website that will determine the maximum distance, one way, to make it basically break even with commercial fertilizer prices. For some farmers in Kentucky, it makes enough sense economically to travel to as far as Georgia for broiler litter to fertilize their crops.”

Read more on: Brownfield

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

"Eggs Are Now in Shorter Supply as Farmers Work to Replenish Their Supply of Laying Hens"

By: RFD TV - December 13, 2022

“Colorado State University Ag Economics Professor, Dawn Thilmany spoke with RFD-TV’s own Suzanne Alexander about the impact of increased energy and transport costs on the food sector, how egg prices are being impacted, and how this compares to normal egg prices.”

Read more on: RFD TV

Luis Peña-Lévano, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

“Dairy Hub Successes Get Spotlight”

By: Midwest Farm Report - December 13, 2022

“The Hub, which is supported by a $7.8 million investment from the state, launched in 2019 to harness research and learning at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls to keep Wisconsin’s dairy community at the global forefront in producing dairy products in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner.”

Read More On: Midwest Farm Report

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin - Madison

“Bizarro Inflation Is Making Random Stuff Cheap and Necessities Unaffordable"

By: Freight Waves - December 15, 2022

“Historic inflation' is a great excuse to bump up the prices of whatever you’re selling, even if you don’t really need to. You look at some of these industries and you think, ‘There’s no reason for these prices to be this high, there’s no underlying factor behind it.  A lot of times it’s companies that are able to take advantage of the situation that’s going on.”

Read More On: Freight Waves

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

“Technology Can Help Transition Away From Fossil Fuels: The Case of Wind Energy”

By: Rochester Business Journal - December 16, 2022

"There is now incontrovertible evidence that global warming is real and that humans have played a non-trivial role in giving rise to this phenomenon. As such, it is no surprise to learn that public policy is increasingly focused on getting Americans to transition out of fossil fuels — that cause global warming by combustion — and into clean forms of energy."

Read More On: Rochester Business Journal

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

“National Food Insecurity Remains Unchanged Heading Into the Holidays”

By: National Hog Farmer - December 16, 2022

"The regional differences are not surprising. The West and Northeast are generally higher-cost and higher-income areas, so we would expect them to spend more on food. There is a similar story for spending on restaurants, but this area still appears fairly robust."

Read More On: National Hog Farmer

Seungki Lee, The Ohio State University
Brent Sohngen, The Ohio State University

“Biofuels a Growing Part of Ohio Agriculture”

By: The Columbus Dispatch - December 16, 2022

“The demand is pretty sensitive to volume obligations set by the government, which changes year by year,”

“The movement to biodiesel is beginning to pick up steam,”

Read More on: The Columbus Dispatch

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