Monday, September 25, 2023

Members in the News: September 25, 2023


Thomas Reardon, Michigan State University

Snack Attack: How The West Exported Unhealthy Eating to Africa and Asia

By: The Guardian – September 14, 2023

the distinction between a snack and a full meal has collapsed because of changing food systems, with small, portable foods becoming an important part of people’s lives. It is not a snack to them, it’s a cheap and fast meal. Snacks have displaced a traditional meal sitting down, because of convenience. According to the research, sub-Saharan African and south Asia are the regions where the double burden of malnutrition is most present, affecting 26 countries where efforts to bring down child stunting caused by undernutrition have not kept up with the rise in numbers of overweight and obese people, driven by UPFs.”

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David Ortega, Michigan State University

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Hearing on Foreign Ownership in U.S. Agriculture

By: US Senate – September 20, 2023

“The US Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing this Wednesday (9/27) on “Foreign Ownership in U.S. Agriculture.” The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 328A of the Russell Senate Office Building. The witnesses who will be testifying are: Mrs. Gloria Montaño Greene, USDA deputy undersecretary for farm production and conservation, Mr. Harrison Pittman, director, National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas, Dr. David Ortega, associate professor, dept. of agricultural food and resource economics, Michigan State University.”

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Joseph Balagtas, Purdue University

Survey Reveals Impact Political Ideology Has on Consumer Food Perceptions

By: Beef Magazine – September 14, 2023

“Food inflation expectations suggest consumers continue to believe that food price inflation is cooling. Consumers also estimated a larger increase in food prices over the past year than is indicated by official estimates. This suggests that inflationary pressures are still very much at the forefront of consumers’ minds.”

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Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

Why Coloradans Are Cultivating Connections With Local Farmers

By: KUNC – September 14, 2023

“Summer may be winding down, but many northern Colorado farmers' markets are still humming with people lining up to buy crates of Palisade peaches, Olathe sweet corn, Pueblo chiles and other locally grown produce. But growing in Colorado can be challenging – the growing season is short, the sun is scorching, and the rainy season can be unpredictable.”

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David Ortega, Michigan State University
Joseph Balagtas, Purdue University

Sizzle, fizzle. Donald Trump Off on Bacon Price Increase Under Joe Biden

By: Politifacts – September 18, 2023

“In 2021 and 2022 we saw significant inflationary pressures in the economy and increased consumer spending on food. High grain prices during that time made it more costly to raise hogs. All of this contributed to increased prices for pork products, and other foods."

"The story of 2021 was a big bounce-back in food service activity, from more people eating in restaurants. This caught packers of pork, beef, and chicken off guard after the COVID-19-related restaurant closures of 2020. The story since Fall 2022 is consumers have spent their stimulus funds, so there's decreased demand for pork."

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Nick Paulson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joana Colussi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ag Economists Issue Report Tracking Fertilizer Prices, Their Impact on Ag Producers

By: Agri Marketing – September 18, 2023

“The prices of fertilizer products reached record highs in nominal terms in 2022. However, the price spikes in the mid-1970s exceeded those of 2022 in real terms and fertilizer expenditures relative to crop revenues were higher in central Illinois for the 2009 crop year than what is currently projected for 2023. Average Illinois fertilizer prices have declined consistently from the peaks reached in the second quarter of 2022. Current projections from 2024 Illinois crop budgets suggest a return to the historical average for fertilizer expenses as a share of expected corn revenue.”

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Kevin Kim, Mississippi State University

"2023 Agricultural Lending Condition Update"

By: Southern Ag Today - September 6, 2023

"The year 2023 marks another unique year in terms of prolonged high inflation and high interest rates. The series of interest rate hikes raised concerns, especially when Silicon Valley Bank went defunct earlier this year, and other regional banks experienced liquidity problems. With these inflation rates and interest rate hikes affecting the broad economy, how does the agricultural lending condition look?"

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Richard Howitt, University of California, Davis

California Agriculture Faces Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen

By: Funds Society – September 22, 2023

“Failure to replenish groundwater in wet years continues to reduce groundwater availability to sustain agriculture during drought -particularly more profitable permanent crops, like almonds and grapes. A well-managed basin is used like a reserve bank account. We’re acting like the super rich who have so much money they don’t need to balance their checkbook.”

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Rebekka Dudensing, Texas A&M University
Steven Klose, Texas A&M University

Inspect Grain Bins Following Storms

By: Olney Enterprise – September 21, 2023

“With severe weather systems becoming more constant across the country, a team of multistate agricultural researchers found in a new study that grain bins need to be carefully scrutinized for structural safety, soundness and engineering integrity.”

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