The nation’s farmland and farmers continue to decrease, but Hispanic farm operators are growing, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Census of Agriculture. Missing, however, are in-depth case studies that shed light on the diversity of livelihood strategies Hispanic farmers develop in the Midwest. As the nation’s agricultural industry continues to undergo demographic changes, it is critical that Hispanic farmers connect with the resources needed to be successful. The panel will probe why such farmers begin their own farming operations, what factors impact their success, and what networks of support they nurture. Research and funding opportunities can be designed in ways that promote networks bridging the divide between Hispanic agricultural enterprises and the organizations, institutions and policies that exist to support farming nationally.Read More
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been a very successful system for the governance of international trade, progressively lowering tariffs and stimulating trade growth. Despite the fact that the United States played a significant role in establishing the WTO, as well as historically driving multiple rounds of trade negotiations, its current trade policy will notably change the global agricultural trading system. Unilateral implementation of tariffs by the United States has resulted in extensive international retaliation by competitors. Such countermeasures have targeted key U.S. agricultural exports such as soybeans, corn, wheat and processed pork. Future changes to U.S. trade policy, therefore, will impact U.S. agriculture in export markets, opportunities for U.S. competitors, and WTO dispute resolution.Read More
Over the last decade, the agricultural economy has changed dramatically, with consecutive year-on-year declines in farm income despite strong crop and livestock yields. There are indicators that this year farm income may hover around $70 billion — little more than half the income just six years earlier in 2013, $123.8 billion. This is due to several overarching economic issues. Producers continue to spend down cash savings and liquidate inventories. These factors and others are pushing many farmers out of farming. Analysts and researchers will discuss the current condition, approaches for communicating and assisting farmers, and the latest policy research and recommendations. Register today for this informative webinar!Read More
The biennial meeting of the NAAEA is an opportunity to:
Network across departments about challenges and opportunities that exist for the profession of agricultural and applied economics researchers, educators, and extension faculty.
Engage with leadership from public and private stakeholder organizations and government institutions that use information from research generated by the profession to inform economic and/or policy decisions.
Identify effective approaches for training graduates and faculty how to be honest brokers of policy alternatives and/or policy options for emerging and current issues facing public and private sectors as well as communities.
This year, the NAAEA will convene on Monday, October 28th. Please view the draft agenda here for more information. Do note that all speakers are invited at this time, but an updated agenda with more speaker information will be made available on Monday, September 16. Please take care to register before September 16th to get the reduced fee.Read More