Monday, April 15, 2024

Members in the News: April 15, 2024


Maria Kalaitzandonakes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What’s a Good Egg? Learn What Free Range, Cage Free Really Mean on Labels

By: Chicago Sun Times – April 2, 2024

“Some labels don't mean anything. “Natural" don't have any requirements associated with it, and cartons touting no hormones "is not a useful label as hormones are not given to egg laying hens. The American Egg Board, a Chicago-based industry group, says "farm fresh" is another description that means very little, as all eggs are farm fresh with "eggs typically reaching the store shelf within 72 hours of being laid.”

Read more on: Chicago Sun Times

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China, Will Get All the Growth From AI if Other Regions Don’t Invest Now to Compete

By: The Conversation – April 9, 2024

“The 21st century has witnessed an unprecedented surge in technological advancements, with artificial intelligence emerging as a worldwide transformative force across the economy. The integration of AI-based technologies into regional economies through the manufacturing and design of goods such as smartphones and smart speakers has sparked significant changes, leading to increased efficiency, innovation and economic growth.”

Read more on: The Conversation

Andrew Stevens, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Too sweet? Why Rising Cocoa Prices Are Driving Up the Cost of Chocolate

By: Chanel 3000 – April 8, 2024

“Dr. Andrew Stevens joins News 3 Now Live at Four to discuss the rising price of chocolate.”

Read more on: Chanel 3000

Lauren Chenarides, Colorado State University

Are All 99 Cent Stores Closing? A look at the Family Dollar, 99 Cents Only Stores closures

By: USA Today – April 6, 2024

“I think we’ll continue to see dollar stores expand. We're not necessarily going to see those expansion plans stop.”

Read more on: USA Today

James Mintert, Purdue University

Farmer Sentiment Improves As Interest Rate Expectations Shift

By: KPC News – April 6, 2024

“Producers’ expectations for interest rate changes have shifted, which could help explain why producers look for financial conditions to improve. Factors contributing to this optimism included non-farm investor demand, inflation expectations and strong cash flows. An improved interest rate outlook might have been a factor as well, although producers didn’t point to that explicitly in this month’s survey.”

Read more on: KPC News

Amy Hagerman, Oklahoma State University

Chickens and Cattle Hit With Massive Bird Flu Outbreak

By: KX News – April 7, 2024

“We would expect to see some increase in prices because you’re rapidly pulling a large number of potential eggs out of the market for the next 30 to 60 days. Under normal circumstances, egg prices would usually be dropping after the Easter holiday, when demand is high. She doesn’t expect that to be the case this year.”

Read more on: KX News or The HillFox 59

Brittney Goodrich, University of California, Davis

New UC Study Estimates Costs for Growing Strawberries on the Central Coast

By: Morning Ag Clips – April 8, 2024

“This study provides growers with a baseline to estimate their own costs, which can help when applying for production loans, projecting labor costs, securing market arrangements, or understanding costs associated with water and nutrient management and regulatory programs.”

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

Sandy Dall'Erba, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How Global Supply Chains Shape Air Quality

By: AZO Cleantech - April 9, 2024

“Our study is unique in combining atmospheric transport of air pollution with supply chain analysis as it tells us where the pollution is coming from and who is ultimately responsible for it. There is a direct link between a country’s level of production and how much air pollution is emitted. But production may be driven by demand from consumers in other countries. We use supply chain analysis to quantify the links between production and consumption. This helps us to understand how production in one country is linked to domestic and foreign demand.”

Read more on: AZO Cleantech or Bioengineer

Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University

"Immigration Reform Can’t Pass Congress. Here’s How That’s Hurting Kansas, Missouri Farmers"

By: Union-Bulletin - April 10, 2024

"The program is mostly used by fruit and vegetable farmers for seasonal harvests, not the row crops like corn, wheat, soybeans and sorghum that are common in Kansas and Missouri."

Read more on: Union-Bulletin

David Ortega, Michigan State University

Why Are Foreign Investors Buying Land in Illinois, And What Does It Mean For the State?

By: The Chicago Council – April 11, 2024

“It’s hard to visualize how big Illinois’ 795,000 acres of foreign-held land really is. The state has more than 29 million acres of privately held agricultural land, so we are only talking of 2.7% of that land being foreign-held. Nationwide, about 3.1% of the country’s privately held agricultural land is fully or partly foreign-owned. I would say it does not represent a sizable portion of total agricultural land in the state,” he added, while also pointing out that there was also a decrease in foreign-held land in the state in 2022.”

Read more on: The Chicago Council

Joseph Balagtas, Purdue University

Groceries And Gas Still Squeezing US Consumers As Inflation Lingers
By: WDSU News – April 10, 2024

Survey Tallies Consumer Attitudes on Lab-Grown Meat Alternatives
By: Ag Daily or April 10, 2024

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