Monday, June 17, 2024

Members in the News: June 17, 2024


Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri

Agriculture Committee's Draft of Farm Bill Provides These Important Lessons

By: Columbia Daily Tribune – June 9, 202

“The farm bill cleared one important hurdle in May, when the House Committee on Agriculture approved a draft bill. While there are many questions about where the farm bill debate will go from here, the committee’s bill provides some important lessons.”

Read more on: Columbia Daily Tribune

Seungki Lee, The Ohio State University
Metin Çakir, University of Minnesota
Jennifer Ifft, Kansas State University

How Forecasts of Bad Weather Can Drive Up Your Grocery Bill

By: Grist – June 10, 2024

“When it comes to the climate risk on food prices, people typically look at the production side. But over the last two years, we learned that extreme weather can raise food prices, [cause] transportation disruptions, as well as production disruptions.”

“whether that is felt by consumers depends on myriad factors. “This would mean higher raw ingredient costs for foods sold in groceries, and part of those higher costs will be passed onto consumers via higher prices. However, will consumer prices actually increase? The answer depends on many other supply and demand factors that might be happening at the same time as the impact of the drought”

“If you have a very severe drought in the Corn Belt … that’s going to be the biggest deal, because that’s gonna raise the cost of production for cattle, hogs, poultry. So that would probably have the largest inflationary impacts.”

Read more on: Grist

Jada Thompson, University of Arkansas

With 100M Birds Dead, Poultry Industry Could Serve as Example as Dairy Farmers Confront Bird Flu

By: AP – June 10, 2024

“Without these efforts, the current outbreak would be much worse. Still, maintaining such vigilance is difficult, even if the cost of allowing disease into an operation is so high. Chickens raised for meat, known as broilers, also have been infected with bird flu but such cases are less common. In part, that’s because broiler chickens are killed when they’re only 6 to 8 weeks old, so they have less time to get infected.”

Read more on: AP

Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
Amy Ando, The Ohio State University

Ohio State Professor Brian Roe to Manage $2.5 Million USDA-Funded Food-Waste-Reduction Initiative

By: The Lantern – June 12, 2024

“Ohio State is partnering with Rutgers University to implement consumer-focused waste reduction and education campaigns in three currently undecided U.S. cities. The other arm of the project will be led by Rutgers, which will create a “community of practice” where people such as extension workers or public service workers can launch programs to reduce food waste, while receiving advice and materials from Ohio State’s teams and Rutgers.”

“Dr. Roe is truly a national leader in research, education and commitment to reducing food waste and the pollution streams that come with it. He has done groundbreaking research to help us understand the causes of food waste, such as household responses to food labels.”

Read more on: The Lantern

Shadi Atallah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Organic Farmers' Beliefs About Soil Microbiome Affect Their Practices, Study Shows

By: – June 13, 2024

"There is very little research on what farmers think about the soil microbiome and what it means for which agricultural practices they adopt. In the long run, we want to understand organic farmers' incentives to adopt microbiome-friendly practices from an economic perspective.”

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Joseph Balagtas, Purdue University

Consumers See Food Prices as Rising More Than Other Goods and Services, Find Ways to Adapt

By: – June 13, 2024

"We also wanted to understand how perceived changes in food prices compare with perceived price changes for other common household expenses. Consumers were more likely to report price increases for food than for any other good or service in the economy."

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Martin Smith, Duke University

We Are Seeing a Global Blue Revolution in Food, Transport and Energy Now — Booming Coastal Real Estate is a True Paradox of Climate Change

By: The Economic Times – May 30, 2024

“The term ‘blue revolution’ puts emphasis on the role of oceans in our daily lives and economies. One of its drivers is a recognition that food security globally will increasingly rely on aquatic environments — this is already of critical importance for many people worldwide but there is an awareness that a growing share of animal protein, to the extent that humans continue to consume this, will come from the seas.”

Read more on: The Economic Times

Zachariah Rutledge, Michigan State University

  • IFPA to Emphasize High Labor Costs at Washington Meeting
    By: The Fence Post – June 7, 2024
  • Only Congress Can Fix America’s Agricultural Labor Crisis
    By: Fresh Produce – June 7, 2024

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