Monday, April 3, 2023

Members in the News: April 4, 2023


Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

"California's Vast Farms Are Soaked. There's Nowhere To Plant Tomatoes, And That's Just One Problem"

By: USA Today – April 1, 2023

"We're talking about workers who aren't getting jobs, and their homes may also have been flooded. Growers, too are hurting. Some are potentially looking at major losses, sometimes in the millions. As has long been the case in agriculture, those who succeed in the business are the ones who "have a diversified portfolio of crops, sophisticated algorithms, a lot of experience and really cast iron nerves.”

Read More On: USA Today

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Economic Impact of Federal Spending On Wisconsin Veterans Rivals The State's Beef Farming Industry"

By: WPR – March 31, 2023

"We tend to lose money to Washington," Deller said. "Making sure that the veterans that are in the state are taking full advantage of all the benefits that are offered to them is one way of getting some of that money back into the state."

Read More On: WPR

Rodolfo M. Nayga, Texas A&M University
Pourya Valizadeh, Texas A&M University
Grace Melo,Texas A&M University

"Extra Food Assistance Cushioned the Early Pandemic’s Blow On Kids’ Mental Health"

By: The Converation – March 27, 2023

“Despite the heightened poverty and unemployment seen when the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, many low-income U.S. children did not experience a decline in their emotional and mental health, we found in a new study. We looked specifically at kids whose families were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – commonly known as SNAP – the government program that helps low-income Americans afford food.”

Read More On: The Conversation

Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph

"Walmart and Costco In Canada Not Making Food Inflation Worse, Experts Say"

By: CTV News – March 29, 2023

"Their inclusion in our retail landscape is important and allows consumers to have a choice of where they want to put their money. Typically, their motto is 'come to us because we sell in bulk, at a typically lower price than our competitors. Any competition that can come into the marketplace is welcomed in order to help keep costs down.”

Read More On: CTV News

Jared Hutchins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Dairy Sector Boasts 100 Years of Successful Herd Data Collection"

By: Feedstuff – March 24, 2023

“The National Cooperative Dairy Herd Improvement Program (NCDHIP) is an interesting case study because it illustrates how to translate the benefits of data collection for all dairy producers. Its model can serve as inspiration for other agricultural sectors. Previously it was commonplace for dairy farmers to water down their milk to get paid more. But farmers were now paid on butterfat instead of milk weight.”

Read More On: Feedstuff or Morning Ag. Clips

Ken Foster, Purdue University

"Purdue’s College of Ag Rises in National, International Rankings"

By: Morning Ag. Clips – March 27, 2023

“Purdue’s College of Agriculture received this recognition because of the hard work and intellectual capabilities of our faculty, staff and students as well as the leadership of our former dean Karen Plaut and her leadership team.”

Read More On: Morning Ag. Clips

Marin Skidmore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Local Manure Regulations Help Reduce Water Pollution From Dairy Farms"

By: Daily News - March 30, 2023

“Wisconsin is unique, because they have allowed counties to participate in enforcement of state agricultural code without state approval. Most states have either sole state-level enforcement or allow local enforcement only with state approval. As a result, Wisconsin has more county-level participation in manure management than neighboring states, although the state still maintains enforcement authority as well.”

Read More On: Daily News

David Ortega, Michigan State University

"Food Pantries Seeing Increased Need After COVID-era Assistance Ends"

By: The Petoskey News-Review – March 25, 2023

“So these pandemic-era benefits, which are supplemental, that came into effect at the start of COVID and the public health emergency, have been really helping low income households put food on the table. Prices are rising at the grocery store at a rate that we haven't seen in over 40 years, so that's really affecting overall consumer behavior and how they shop for food.”

Read More On: The Petoskey News-Review

Chad Hart, Iowa State University

"Comparing Ames Gas Prices to Nearby Towns"

By: Iowa State Daily – March 28, 2023

“No matter where you are, you notice the gas prices not only in the city you’re in but the area around you. You’re always gonna notice these weird patterns that certain places are always lower than others.”

Read More On: Iowa State Daily

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