The main responsibility of the State Economist to produce the twice-yearly economic and revenue forecasts for the state of Minnesota. These forecasts determine the size of the state’s biennial budget. So, in a year like this one, when the governor and legislature are constructing a budget for the next biennium,the forecast sets the starting point for that process.
Anuar Bechara Bitar received the department’s outstanding dissertation award for 2019. His dissertation, advised by Professor Joe Ritter, focused on the impacts of three economic and social policies in Mexico.
Earlier this month, I was in San Diego interviewing candidates for our open position in environmental and natural resource economics, when I opened my email to learn that two of our alumni were named Fellows by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the association’s most prestigious honor. This summer, we will gather in Kansas City to celebrate their induction as Fellows.
Brooke Bahner took Jay Coggins' class, "Environmental and Natural Resource Economics," in the spring of 2019. Read to find out how she feels this class, in particular, prepared her for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
The Easter Family Scholarship, established in 2018 by Professor Emeritus K. William (Bill) Easter and his wife Carolyn, was created to support our undergraduates studying Applied Economics with a preference for students interested in natural resource economics.
The 2018 Farm Bill renewed a program designed to help promote the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income neighborhoods. This year's group of students participating in the National Grocers Association examined how the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) encourages Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, direct marketing, and retailers who buy such products directly from farmers.
Those with long memories will recall that Department Head Jim Houck, along with Patrice Morrow in Ecology, secured funding from the Fesler-Lampert endowment for an interdisciplinary chair in ecology and economics. Steve Polasky was hired into this chair in 1999. In this interview, Steve reflects on his career at Minnesota.
"3TG minerals" are common inputs in popular products (in fact, you are most likely reading this on a piece of technology using these so-called 'conflict minerals'), such as mobile phones, laptops, medical equipment and jewelry. The extraction of these minerals, however, serve as key sources of revenue for armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other surrounding countries. In his research, Jeff Bloem estimates the impact of legislation set forth to regulate the international trade of these minerals.
Planet Earth faces an extinction crisis...what does this mean for human civilization? ApEc Professor Stephen Polasky talks more on what the differing production of resources and materials can mean for humanity.
Leon Geyer, professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Geyer received his PhD in Applied Economics in 1985, under the advising of Jerry Hammond.
University of Minnesota Applied Economics grad student, Vanee Dusoruth, along with other researchers, will spend the next six weeks digging through more than 120 residential trash bins to examine the food-waste and organics disposal habits of Maplewood residents.
President Donald Trump touts his trade policy as long-overdue action to help America’s workers and industries, but some economists warn that tariffs he has placed or is threatening to place on China and Chinese retaliation to them could actually bolster other countries at the expense of the U.S.
Prices for farmland declined across Minnesota in 2017, another sign of a weak farm economy that's been plagued by low crop prices and reduced incomes for the past four years. ApEc Professor Ward Nefstead comments.
"Either do it or shut," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said about tax reform Tuesday at a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Uncertainty has delayed investment." Professor and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis comments.
Economists are a lot like doctors. They'll never say an economy is fully healed, just that we are in recovery — even though the regional prognosis is pretty strong. Professor and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis comments.
Applied Economics alum, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, just named as Wisconsin's 70th Alice in Dairyland! Crystal earned her degree in Agricultural and Food Business Management with a minor in marketing in 2017. She has interned with Sassy Cow Creamery, FLM + Advertising Agency, and Land O' Lakes Inc.
The merger of three major agricultural lenders in the Upper Midwest is raising questions about how big is too big when it comes to the Farm Credit System. Some also are worried the consolidated companies will ignore small and beginning farmers and siphon business away from commercial banks.
The 10 percent of disadvantaged children in Vietnam do better than the average American child. The very strong performance by Vietnamese teens, including those from low-income families, in a recent global education survey has left experts worldwide scratching their heads. Professor Paul Glewwe comments.
Genetically engineered Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and Roundup Ready soybean were made commercially available in the United States in 1996. Nearly two decades later it is now evident how this new technology disrupted developments in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and precision agriculture with something that increasingly looks like what IPM and precision agriculture were conceived to replace—one-size-fits-all, prophylactic crop management. - See more at: http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/theme-articles/herbicide...
Applied Economics alum Erik Nelson, now applied economist at Bowdoin College, and lead author find surprising results when studying globalization and it's impact on what we grow and eat. Professor Steve Polasky comments.
Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly. Assistant Professor Jason Kerwin comments in an interview with Shankar Vedantam.
The University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences just had quite the harvest. The CHS Foundation, the charitable arm of CHS Inc., recently announced it's awarding the school a $3.44 million grant — the largest ever by the foundation.
Reports are circulating that America’s avocado obsession is driving deforestation in Mexico. But are food trends in rich countries really a threat to the developing world? Research by Marc Bellemare is highlighted and discussed.
A nearly $5 million state investment in agricultural productivity at the University of Minnesota will be used this year to hire scientists and improve infrastructure across seven areas of collaboration spanning three U of M colleges and at research and outreach and Extension sites across the state.