Monday, March 13, 2023

Members in the News: March 13, 2023


*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.

Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph

"Grocery CEOs Defend 'Reasonable Profitability’ In Grilling Over Soaring Food Costs"

By: Global News - March 8, 2023

"Canadians meanwhile face soaring prices on meat, pasta, milk and other staples, grocers should be transparent about how much money they make on these sales. That information isn’t readily available. As those are the things that most consumers buy, I think it’s fair that we have some understanding of exactly how much profit there is.”

Read More On: World News

Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Electric Vehicles Poised To Chip Away At Biofuel Production

By: Feed Strategy – March 6, 2023

“But renewable diesel is likely here to stay, at least for the time being. And with growing electric vehicle (EV) adoption set to decrease demand for ethanol, the balance of crop production may well be permanently altered.”

Read More on: Feed Strategy

Jada Thompson, University of Arkansas

High Egg Prices: Getting To The Bottom Line

By: The Hill – March 5, 2023

“While scrutiny of how consumer goods are priced is beneficial, it’s important to be careful when shining that light out of misguided fervor. Such may be the case with recent claims made by politicians and activist groups about causes for higher than typical egg prices. There is value in knowing how a specific market works and the impacts of supply and demand when considering price volatility.”

Read More On: The Hill

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ag Economist Pushes For More Free Trade, Not Less

By: The Connection – February 24, 2023

“Exports are absolutely crucial to the agricultural sector, particularly in the Midwest. Those exports increased in 2022, in part because there was a drought and shortages, to a certain extent, in Brazil and Argentina,” two of the U.S.’s top export competitors.”

Read More on: The Connection, Effingham Daily News, or Advantage News

Joe Janzen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Russia-Ukraine War and Changes In Ukraine Corn and Wheat Supply: Impacts On global Agricultural Markets

By: – February 27, 2023

The impacts of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on Ukrainian corn and wheat supply are reassessed at the war’s one-year anniversary. Ukraine’s corn and wheat production and exports are of broad interest because they comprise a significant share of the global market for these crops. Overall, corn and wheat exports from Ukraine in the 2021/22 marketing year were down 20% from projections made before the conflict.

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Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Midwest Farmers Tripled Use of Cover Crops, But It's Still Just a Small Fraction Of Acres

By: CKUR - February 27, 2023

“It is certainly not at a level that would be necessary for some of the challenges, like the water quality challenges like soil erosion. It's going to take a lot more acres to get there. There could be more bipartisan support for incentives. It can maybe help jump start that by showing, you know, funds going in for this practice will get response on the ground, and we can measure

Read More On: CKUR

Hope Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Global Fertilizer Market Update

By: Progressive Farmer – February 27

“High fertilizer prices hit all farmers hard, but they affect small, subsistence farmers and poor people across the world even harder. After decades of decline, global hunger affected 46 million more people in 2021 compared to 2020.”

Read More On: Progressive Farmer or Iowa Farm Bureau

Mohammad Jahangir Alam, Bangladesh Agricultural University

A Big Farming Push

By: The Business Standard - March 5, 2023

"If the project can be implemented, it will transform agriculture and make it more commercially viable. Other crops besides rice, which is currently the main crop, will become more important. About 73% of our land is currently used for rice cultivation, and this project places special emphasis on rice. On the one hand, rice production will be increased, and on the other hand, other high-yielding crops will be grown in some areas to complement rice"

Read More On: The Business Standard

Zach Rutledge, Michigan State University

Finding Solid Labor In a Tight Market

By: Country Folks Growers - March 3, 2023

“This is important because there was a decline in the number of Mexican immigrants between 2010 and 2020 for the first time in American history. Again unsurprisingly, that the supply of domestic farm labor declining – partially because there are better opportunities in non-farm sectors of the U.S. job market. There are also lower birth rates in Mexico. And until recently, there was tighter border security.”

Read More On: Country Folk Growers

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Biden's Message To Wisconsin About Unemployment Compared To Statewide Data"
By: Channel 3000 - March 8, 2023

"Experts Weigh In On Wisconsin’s Proposed Budget Surplus"
By: WMTV - February 18, 2023

"Wisconsin Hospital System Laying Off Over 300 Employees, Cites Cost and Revenue Pressures"
By: WPR - March 6, 2023

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Americans Planning Frugal Uses For Their 2023 Tax Refunds

By: – March 8, 2023

“There seems to be some optimism about food inflation improving, but consumers are not willing or able to spend more on food than they are currently. I would also not expect food spending to start falling unless economic conditions worsen, which is a real possibility. This month’s report highlights the role that frozen foods play in many consumer diets. Frozen vegetables are the most common item that people select from the freezer aisle. It appears that price is a key part of that decision.”

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Amit Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

"Can Global Warming Be Meaningfully Reduced By Taxing Cow Burps?"

By: Rochester Business Journal - March 10, 2023

"It is now well known that the phenomenon of global warming also called climate change is caused significantly by the emissions of the so-called greenhouse gases. The principal culprit here is carbon dioxide which is emit-ted into the atmosphere from the com- bustion of fossil fuels. Given the salient contribution of carbon dioxide to global warming, policymakers throughout the world have focused their attention on the steps that we humans can take to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels."

Read More On: Rochester Business Journal


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