Monday, October 16, 2023

Members in The News: October 16, 2023


Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Here's How Global Crop Yields Signal Both Optimism And Concern About Future Food Supply

By: Columbia Daily Tribune – October 8, 2023

“Crop yields have increased dramatically in recent decades. Recent trends provide reasons for both optimism and concern about future food supplies. Instead of looking at specific crops in particular countries, let’s step back and consider the big picture. Suppose we add up 14 major grains (like corn, wheat, and rice) and oilseeds (like soybeans, peanuts, and canola) which directly or indirectly account for most of the calories that people consume.”

Read More On: Columbia Daily Tribune

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

Beef Cattle Outlook Supports Higher Prices

By: Farm Progress – October 10, 2023

“Extended drought in cow-calf country has led to fewer beef cattle in our nation’s herd. Smaller calf crops in the past pretty much dictate lower slaughter numbers —and we’re on path, he says, for lower fed cattle slaughter over the next nine quarters.

Read More On: Farm Progress or Beef Magazine

Devon Mills, Mississippi State University

MSU Extension Helps Build Digital Resources Inventory

By: Star Herald – September 27, 2023

“The asset mapping survey is extremely important because it helps us understand what services and programs are available and where the gaps are -- what programs are lacking and who is not being served.”

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Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Diversifying Farming Operations

By: Ozarks Farm & Neighbor – October 9, 2023 

“Farmers and ranchers should try to strike a balance, and if they diversify, make sure it’s part of a strategic plan. We have all heard the phrase, ‘Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.’ This is specifically true for small and beginning farmers. On the other hand, it is also easy to become stretched thin. So, finding a proper balance is key.”

Read More On: Ozarks Farm & Neighbor

Jason Franken, Western Illinois University

Record Pigs per Litter Offsets 4% Reduction in Farrowings

By: The Farmers Exchange – October 6, 2023

"In light of tight supplies, domestic inflationary pressures, and export demand, the USDA has revised forecasts of U.S. per capita pork consumption downward to 49.8 pounds per person in 2023 and 2024, which is the lowest it's been since 2015. Particularly once you get past very short run intervals.”

Read More On: The Farmers Exchange or Agri News

Edwin Price, Texas A&M University

Global Food Security Wheat Update

By: The Conference Board – October 6, 2023

“Despite the July suspension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the price of wheat has fallen to a near three-year low. The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 121.4 points in August 2023, down 2.1 percent from July. The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 125.0 points in August, down 0.7 percent from July and standing 14.1 percent below its value a year ago.”

Read More On: The Conference Board

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Fact Check: Fact-check: What Trump Said About ‘$6 billion to Iran,’ Immigration, Economy at New Hampshire Rally

By: The Paradise -  October 10, 2023

“After a subsequent decline in price, the increase during Biden’s presidency now stands at 11.5%. Today’s level is just 2% higher than its peak under Trump. Fluctuations in bacon or pork prices in general have nothing to do with who is president.”

Read More On: The Paradise

Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University

Study Shows Grid Pricing Has Boosted Cattle Profits, Improved Consumer Beef

By: Rural Radio Network – October 9, 2023

“Grid pricing of fed cattle refers to valuing a lot of cattle based on carcass merit, including premiums or discounts for such traits as quality grade, yield grade, preferred weight, special branded programs and more. Most cattle sold under a grid pricing system use a marketing agreement with packers, including a base price and a schedule of premiums or discounts applied to cattle that are delivered to the packer.”

Read More On: Rural Radio Network

Joseph Balagtas, Purdue University

Survey Delves Into Brand-Name Food And Beverage Preferences Of Consumers

By: – October 12, 2023

"When it comes to snack foods, consumer choice of brand is price-sensitive. A majority of consumers tell us that brand-name products taste better. And when generics are 15% cheaper, a majority choose the brand-name product. But if generics are 30% cheaper, a majority choose the generic brand."

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Ram Acharya, New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University Professor Works to Curb Common Plant Pathogen in The US

By: KRQE – October 11, 2023

“This is a major disease problem in every state producing vegetables in the United States. Outside the U.S., you will find this disease on every continent. The project builds on Sanogo’s previous work as the director of NMSU’s Soilborne Disease Research Program. His primary research focuses on soilborne diseases in annual and perennial crops, according to a news release sent by NMSU.”

Read More On: KRQE

Allen Featherstone, Kansas State University

How World Averted A Grain Shortage, Despite Ukraine War

By: CSM Monitor – October 10, 2023

“So far, things have worked much, much better than I think people projected. But there’s still a lot of instability there. Surprisingly, the change is largely due to Russia’s excellent wheat harvest and Ukrainian pluck. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday the Russian wheat harvest at a record 92 million metric tons, up more than 20% from last year.”

Read More On: CSM Monitor

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