Monday, March 6, 2023

Members in the News: March 6, 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.

Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

“What The CBO Budget Outlook Means For The Farm Bill Debate”

By: Yahoo! News - February 26, 2023

“New budget projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will provide a point of reference for the debate over the next farm bill. If the debate follows the pattern of recent farm bills, budgetary concerns are likely to be front and center.”

Read More on: Yahoo! News

Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"How Green Are Biofuels? Does Corn-Derived Ethanol Promote Sustainability?"

By: Genetic Literacy Project - February 23, 2023

“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. For some, concerns will remain, no matter what the evidence is.”

Read More on: Genetic Literacy Project

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

"Are You A Smart Shopper?”

By: PBS News Hour- March 2, 2023

“Incomes, by and large, have not kept pace with the increases in the food prices that we've seen. So the consequence of that is people aren't able to afford as much food as they did a year ago. The recent inflation also means buyers are not able to weather the costs like they did when prices went up in 2021, when they may have had more money saved or were receiving more aid. There was a lot of money in the economy and people were just stomaching those higher prices. Now, they're starting to try to find ways to economize in ways they weren't even just six to 12 months ago.”

Read More On: PBS News Hour

David Ortega, Michigan State University

“From Grocery Store Shelves To Restaurant Menus, Food Prices 10 Percent Higher Than a Year Ago"

By: Wisconsin Public Radio - March 1, 2023

“The increase in food prices is significant, especially when compared to pre-pandemic averages. Food prices generally increase around 2 percent year over year. So when we're talking about double-digit increases for 11, almost 12 months, these are significant increases. We're all feeling this at the grocery store. Just about every food category has experienced price increases over the past year."

Read More On: Wisconsin Public Radio

Maria Gerveni, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scott Irwin,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"U of Illinois, USDA Ag Economists Issue Report On Location And Capacity of Biodiesel Plants"

By: Agri Marketing- February 23, 2023

“Biodiesel production in the U.S. took off in the mid-2000s, driven by a plethora of federal and state incentives. Biodiesel capacity continued to expand after this initial period of explosive growth, but its potential has been threatened in recent years by the rapid buildout of renewable diesel production capacity."

Read More On: Agri Marketing

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Economist Says There’s Little Difference Between ARC & PLC"

By: Brownfield - February 22, 2023

"Neither ARC County or PLC are likely to make a payment for corn, soybeans, or wheat. commodity prices are higher and reference prices are too low to likely trigger any payments. If we get commodity prices down that low, $3.70 for corn, $8.40 for soybeans, and $5.50 for wheat, we have more problems than just low prices.”

Read More On: Brownfield

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

"Avian Flu Fuels High U.S. Egg Prices"
- By: CGNT America (Seen at 0:45) - February 23, 2023

"Food Inflation In the U.S."
- By: CGNT America (Seen At 1:18) - February 24, 2023


Amit Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

"Another Voice: California Is Seeing The Example In Reducing Emissions"

By: Buffalo News - February 25, 2023

“Climate change is inarguably the most salient environmental problem confronting humankind today. This recognition has led policymakers to take all reasonable actions to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels and move toward a future in which the United States and more generally the world is powered by clean and renewable sources of energy.”

Read More On: Buffalo News

Laura Kalambokidis, University of Minnesota

"Minnesota's Staggering Surplus Stays Mostly Unchanged at $17.5 Billion"
- By: Star Tribune - February 27, 2023

"MN analysts: Recession Still Expected, but Milder Than Previously Projected"
- By: Pioneer Press - February 27, 2023

"Minnesota's Budget Surplus Grew to $19 billion, But New Law Requires Accounting for Inflation"
- By: Minnesota Post - February 28, 2023

Jason Winfree, University of Idaho

"Idaho Congressmen Blast FDA Guidance On Alternative Milk Labeling"

By: BSPR - February 24, 2023

“Largely, the question is, ‘Are consumers aware of what they’re buying? In its announcement, the FDA said consumers are indeed aware that almond milk does not come from cows. In fact, that’s sometimes why they seek such plant-based options out.”

Read More On: BSRP

Oleg Nivievskyi, Kyiv School of Economics

"Ukraine War: The Impact On Agriculture One Year On"

By: Farmers Weekly - February 24, 2023

“Government and industry data show Ukraine’s expected crop output for this year is back to 2012 levels. Ukrainian farming enterprises are also struggling with liquidity challenges. Basically, the prices are too low because logistics costs are too high. Farmers can barely make a profit and the majority declare losses. A lack of access to financing in the private sector in wartime Ukraine, due to prohibitively high borrowing rates domestically and internationally, is compounding problems. More than 5m ha of Ukraine’s farmland has been damaged in the war. Vast areas will need de-mining and recultivating.”

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Marco Costanigro, Colorado State University

"Wine Sales Coming To Colorado Grocery Stores Could Impact Liquor Store Sales by 10"

By: KNC - February 27, 2023

"This is going to be more of a challenge for local liquor stores. We don't know what the survival rate is going to be. Many liquor stores were able to maintain their operations with the introduction of full-strength beer in grocery stores. However, it is yet to be seen how many will be able to handle an additional five percent lost revenue once the wine is allowed in grocery stores.”

Read More: KNC

Jeffrey M. Perloff, University of California, Berkeley

“A New Study Finds That The Affordable Care Act Helps Agricultural Workers Get Better Medical Care—And Avoid The ER.”

By: Futurity - February 24, 2023

“This low-income, largely immigrant workforce has some of the worst health outcomes in the US. Traditionally, farm workers have had difficulty getting routine preventive care because they’re often itinerant, working for a succession of employers who don’t provide health benefits.”

Read More: Futurity

Joe Janzen , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caral Zulauf,
The Ohio State University

"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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Kuan-Ju Chen, University of Guam

“Cultural Exchange And Collaboration': Guam, Taiwan Institutions Sign MOU”

By: The Guam Daily Post - February 28, 2023

“The partnership could also potentially boost tourism and the economy on both islands by promoting cultural tourism and generating interest in Austronesian culture and literature. Guam is also part of the Austronesian cultural and linguistic sphere, as it is home to the Chamoru people, who are an Indigenous Austronesian group.”

Read More On: The Guam Daily Post

Clayton P. Michaud, USDA Economic Research Service

“Reps Say USDA Lax In Tracking Ag Land”

By: Progressive Farmer - February 27, 2023

"More recently it has kind of evolved where now we have a lot more concerns that are rooted in things like national security. The prospect of foreign companies buying up land close to the military bases, for example. We also have natural resource scarcity concerns, right, so foreign companies using land and in drought-ridden areas to produce, let's say alfalfa that then they shipped back for domestic cattle production. And then also, of course, we have supply chain issues that given COVID and the war in Ukraine have become all the more relevant."

Read More On: Progressive Farmer


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