Monday, June 12, 2023

Members in the News: June 12, 2023

George Frisvold, University of Arizona

  • Western States Finally Strike Colorado River Deal. But The Hard Work Has Only Just Begun
    By: TIME – May 24, 2023
  • At Last, States Reach a Colorado River deal: Pay Farmers Not To Farm
    By: Grist – May 22, 2023
  • US Southwest, Already Parched, Sees ‘Virtual Water’ Drain Abroad
    By: Grist – June 5, 2023

Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis

  • How Much For a Dozen? Why The Cost Of Eggs Is Dropping After a Major Price Hike
    By: USA Today – June 7, 2023
  •  "The Big Bet on Meat Alternatives Fails"
    By: NewsWeek - June 11, 2023

Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph

Industry Consolidation Leads To Higher Food Prices, Requiring Sharp Strategies By Consumers

By: CBS News – June 5, 2023

"We're seeing higher profits for the major, particularly, for the food retailers and food processors. We have seen consolidation in the food sector quite dramatically over the last decades where there are fewer and fewer suppliers. Fewer meat processors and food manufacturers mean higher prices, and, at the same time, we're seeing fewer grocery store chains, too.”

Read More On: CBS News

Amit Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Amid Fears of Chinese Influence, the Committee on Foreign Investment on The United States Has Grown More Powerful

By: The Conversation – May 31, 2023

“What remains unclear, however, is if this seemingly routine business acquisition was reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which has authority to examine transactions involving foreign investment. The committee is largely prohibited from publicly disclosing any information filed with it, including if it is reviewing a transaction or if one was referred for review.”

Read More on: The Conversation

James Mintert, Purdue University

Farmers Feel Financial Pressure from Lower Crop Prices, Says Purdue Survey

By: Hoosier Today – June 6, 2023

"Producers are feeling the squeeze from weakened crop prices, which has reduced their expectations for strong financial performance in the coming year.”

Read More On: Hoosier Today

Maksym Chepeliev, Purdue University

Why the Ukraine Dam Destruction Is a Massive Disaster — Now and In the Future

By: Vox – June 8, 2023

“The area near the Dnipro River is heavily mined, and flood waters could dislodge those explosives. Already there are reports of contamination of industrial chemicals in the Dnipro River. The surrounding areas, in the Kherson region, Mykolaiv region, they rely on the water for irrigation purposes, for agricultural purposes, and of course, drinking water.”

Read More On: Vox

David Orden, Virginia Tech

Farm Subsidies and International Trade Rules

By: International Food Policy Research Institute – May 25, 2023

“The 1994 Agreement on Agriculture, which emerged from the Uruguay Round, imposed the first real international trade disciplines on agriculture, including rules on market access, export subsidies, and domestic support. However, no further progress was made at the Doha Round. Today, many WTO members continue to seek tighter constraints on trade-distorting domestic support, while others seek more room for producer support related to developing countries’ food stocks.”

Read More On: International Food Policy Research Institute

Simone Valle de Souza, Michigan State University

Is Indoor Leafy Greens Cultivation Profitable?

By: Vertical Farm Daily – June 7, 2023

"I was invited by the other OptimIA researchers to use mathematical models that take into consideration the biology and technical parameters to determine the potential revenues and costs. My team of economists is looking to identify the economic tradeoffs from the implementation of multiple environmental factors that the other OptimIA researchers were optimizing or planned to optimize as part of the project. Our job is to identify the optimal parameters for profitability in controlled environment production. As part of the OptimIA project, we tackled two aspects of economic analysis: production and resource-use efficiency and consumer preferences.”

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Vertical Farm Daily

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

"As Enrollments Dwindle and Colleges Close, Towns Hope Developers Will Revive Abandoned Campuses"

By: NPR Marketplace - June 1, 2023

What makes that process especially hard is the fact that there’s a lot of space to fill on an empty campus. Someone has to have vision. They have to have enough resources to think into the future about what will happen when this property is redeveloped, and how complicated are the pieces to put together? It’s pretty complicated, if the four Vermont campuses that have closed since 2019 are any indication."

Read More: NPR Marketplace

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