Monday, May 15, 2023

Members in the News: May 15, 2023


Craig Gundersen, Baylor University

Lines Stretch Down the Block at Food Banks as Costs Go Up and Pandemic Aid Expires

By: The Brunswick News – May 7, 2023

"Still, even without the extra pandemic assistance, SNAP beneficiaries receive more food aid than they would have before the COVID outbreak.The Biden administration permanently raised the average SNAP benefit by 27% in October 2021, the first increase beyond adjustments for inflation in more than 45 years, following a review of benefit levels Congress ordered in the 2018 Farm Bill. The extra pandemic allotment also was a blunt tool designed for a temporary crisis that risked distorting work incentives if continued indefinitely. Unlike normal SNAP benefits, they were structured in such as a way that in some cases recipients who earned extra money could lose more in benefits.”

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David Ortega, Michigan State University

Baked Goods Prices Are Rising Much Faster Than Overall Inflation. Here’s Why

By: ABC News – May 10, 2023

“Rather than scoff at high prices for baked goods and ingredients, U.S. consumers have borne them, drawing on savings accumulated during the pandemic when hundreds of millions received stimulus checks but were stuck at home with little to buy. The resilient consumer demand, as well as uncertainty about the duration of the Russia-Ukraine war and the avian flu outbreak, have left food price hikes "very sticky”.

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Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

  • USDA Grants CSU $30 Million To Help Improve Local Farmers
    By: CBS Colorado  - May 5, 2023
  • CSU, Oregon State Selected By USDA To Jointly Run Six-State Regional Food Business Center
    By: Coloradoan – May 6, 2023
  • Oregon State To Co-Lead Farm And Food Research Center With $30 Million In Federal Funding
    By: OPB – May 8, 2023

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

What Foods Are Americans Buying At Dollar Stores?”

By: FeedStuffs May 12, 2023

“More than half of Americans have recently shopped at a dollar store . When it comes to food, many of these purchases are snack items. If consumers do pick up more food at a dollar store, it makes sense that people typically buy canned or frozen foods since these are the easiest options for dollar stores to stock."

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Bruce Ahrendsen, University of Arkansas

Land Trust Helps Mint New Farmers

By: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – May 7, 2023

"One of the promising things we found out about beginning farmers and young farmers is that the share of farm operators that are either beginning or young farmers is increasing by all race, gender and ethnicity groups, so I think that is a positive sign. Beginning operators, there's a lot more because there are operators that are coming back, for example veterans, or others that are considering farming that are not necessarily young."

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Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

Mangoes and Agave in the Central Valley? California Farmers Try New Crops to Cope With Climate Change

By:  Local Outpost – May 9, 2023

“California’s agricultural identity already has changed drastically over time. In its earliest days of statehood, California was a major producer of rain-watered wheat, grown on several million acres. When irrigation became ubiquitous, so did specialty crops that thrive in a hot, dry climate but need water in the summer. Almonds now cover more than 1.6 million acres of the Central Valley, and pistachios have seen explosive growth from almost nothing to a $2 billion crop in a few decades.”

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Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University
Nick Paulson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Margin, Price, Revenue in the Farm Bill Commodity Program Context

By: AgFax – May 9, 2023

“The increase in cost to produce crops since 2020 has focused attention on the net return margin between gross revenue and cost of production.  This analysis finds that change in revenue has a notably closer relationship to change in margin than does change in price.  US commodity programs use either price (i.e. Price Loss Coverage (PLC)) or revenue (Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) to trigger payments.  This analysis implies revenue is a better policy variable than price for addressing financial stress due to low or negative margins.”

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Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Financial Sentiment Impacting Beef, Pork Inclusion Rates

By: National Hog Farmer – May 11, 2023

“For ribeye, the perceived overall high-quality and unique flavor eating experience may underlie improved demand among those able, willing to pay for it. Meanwhile, demand increase for ground beef and chicken breast may reflect desire for more flexible (think ingredient not just main entree) protein and/or a cheaper product option for those making adjustments."

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Alison Davis, University of Kentucky

UK Helping Bring Environmental Justice To Underserved Communities

By: The Lane Report – May 11, 2023

“Many communities in need tend to be places where there’s a higher ratio of minority populations as well as higher levels of poverty. Through the new EPA project, we will be providing training and technical assistance designed to build capacity for communities affected by environmental justice issues with the long-term outcome of protecting human health and improving climate resilience. For this project, we will work with areas all over the state, from rural areas to inner-city regions.” 

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Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"For Farmers, An Uncertain Crop Season Awaits"

By: Institutional Investor -  May 8, 2023

"What really jumped out at me was how much of that was in the eastern Corn Belt, over a million acres of double-cropped wheat"

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