Monday, March 11, 2024

Members in the News: March 11, 2024


Laura Kalambokidis, University of Minnesota

  • Minnesota Has a $3.7 Billion Surplus, But Budget Officials Warn Against Spending It All
    By: Star Tribune – February 29, 2024 or AP News, MPR News, Pioneer Press
  • In Minnesota’s Latest Economic Forecast, 5 Pieces of Good News Explained
    By: MinnPost – March 3, 2024

Soumya Gupta, Cornell University
Prabhu Pingali, Cornell University

Pandemic Spurs 14% Rise in Underweight Children in India

By: Mirage – February 6, 2024

"Researchers long suspected that pandemic-related disruptions to India's food systems reduced access to healthy, nutritious diets, especially for marginalized populations dependent on government programs. Our study confirms these suspicions," he said, "and shows the real damage done to children's nutrition and development."

Read more on: Mirage or Down To Earth, BNN, Medriva, etc.

Trey Malone, University of Arkansas

Addressing Food Security in Rural Oklahoma

By: High Plains Journal – March 1, 2024

“Food access affects our wellbeing by what is available, convenient and nutritional. When considering where food is consumed—at home or away from home—our rural areas face greater food access challenges due to limited food establishments as well as access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. COVID impacted this on an even greater level. As we know, convenient foods are not always the most nutritious.”

Read more on: High Plains Journal

Amy Hagerman, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Amy Hagerman Discusses FSA Programs to Aid Producers Impacted by Wildfires

By: Oklahoma Farm Report – March 1, 2024

“There are still some flare-ups happening out there and we have got some conditions happening this weekend that we need to be very careful of. As producers make it back onto their properties, documentation should be of top priority for producers wanting to take advantage of some of these programs.”

Read more on: Oklahoma Farm Report

Gregory Ibendahl, Kansas State University

Oil Prices, Inflation Key Influences on Fertilizer Cost

By: Great Bend Tribune – March 4, 2024

“When we look at the variable expenses, fertilizer is the most important one. Farmers have got a lot of money tied up in growing a crop, especially with something like corn, or grain sorghum or wheat, where you’re putting a lot of nitrogen on your product. Those crops use a lot of fertilizer, and whenever those prices go up, we see a corresponding hit to the farmer’s bottom line.” 

Read more on: Great Bend Tribune

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Another Voice: Some Digital Products Have Actually Benefited Their Physical Counterparts

By: Buffalo News - March 7, 2024,

“The arrival of the internet and digitization have affected off-line markets for a variety of information goods (books, movies, music) because the internet provides consumers with an alternative channel for consuming content at a low-to-zero cost. Is this low-cost or costless digitization good or bad for the sales of the physical versions of information goods?”

Read more on: Buffalo News

David Ortega, Michigan State University

No, The President Does Not Control Grocery Prices

By: Verify – March 8, 2024

“The president doesn’t have control over food prices. Food prices are affected by shocks that are external. A lot of it comes down to market forces. A March 2023 report on food prices published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that not just one but multiple market forces can affect retail food prices. Some of the most recent factors include the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, global trade issues, weather events and climate change, as well as animal and plant diseases, such as the recent outbreak of avian (bird) flu, which “was partly responsible for the significant increases that we saw in egg prices.”

Read more on: Verify

Robin Goldstein, University of California, Davis

Black Market, Hemp Products Biggest Challenges to Cannabis Industry

By: Las Vegas Review – March 7, 2024

“The difference between the legal price and illegal price is the main determinant of whether the legal market is able to have a substantial share. If it’s twice as much to buy legal weed as illegal weed, very few people are going to buy the legal weed.”

Read more on: Las Vegas Review

Brittney Goodrich, University of California, Davis

Good Trade Relations with China Critical for U.S. Pistachios

By: AgNet West – March 8, 2024

“I think that’s something that we’re going to be seeing as a growing market going forward for all tree nuts, not just pistachios. You have this growing middle class in India that has more disposable income. So, they’re now importing more tree nuts from the U.S. and from other countries. So that’s a particularly big, growing market.”

Read more on: AgNet West

Brandon McFadden, University of Arkansas
Kelly Davidson, University of Delaware
Leah Palm-Forster, University of Delaware

Exchange Program Research Provides Critical Nutrition Recommendations in Tanzania

By: Delicious Food – March 10, 2024

“A key recommendation of the study is that policymakers Politicians and public health officials in Tanzania are focusing on education about zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency is a major health problem worldwide, particularly in developing countries, and a major health consequence is stunted growth in children.”

Read more on: Delicious Food

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