As part of the AgEconMT.com outreach website, we focus on spotlighting the people, events, and research that is important to the agricultural and natural resources sectors in Montana and northern Great Plains.
(Podcast) Episode 030: COOL: Was Removing It the Right Economic Decision?
Anton and Eric chat with Dr. Amanda Countryman, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. We discuss issues surrounding the mandatory country of origin labeling for beef, and reasons for why it was eventually repealed. Dr. Countryman provides insights from her recent paper that examines the economic [...]
(Podcast) Episode 029: Trade, Trade, and More Trade
Anton and Eric chat with Dr. Amanda Countryman, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. The discussion focuses on all things trade. Dr. Countryman’s research focuses on agricultural trade issues, and we cover topics, including an overview of current trade negotiations, the role of the World Trade [...]
(Podcast) Episode 028: The Average Farmer No Longer Exists: Reasons and Implications
Anton chats with Dr. Alfons Weersink, professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. The discussion focuses on the increasing heterogeneity of farms: why do farms look more different from one another today than at any time in the past? Dr. Weersink helps provide a historical perspective [...]
(Podcast) Episode 027: What’s Ahead for the 2017/18 Pulse Markets?
Anton chats with Joe Janzen, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University, about what happened in the 2017 pulse markets and what’s ahead in the marketing year. Joe provides insights about several key market metrics that can be used to evaluate economics signals of how much pulse crops are valued, which can be [...]
(Podcast) Episode 026: What the JD.com Deal Means for Montana Beef
Anton chats with Dr. Eric Belasco, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, about the recently announced international agreement between the China-based JD.com and the Montana Stock Growers Association. The deal intends to invest $200 million into establishing and strengthening marketing Montana beef to Chinese consumers. But [...]
(Podcast) Episode 025: Overview of 2017/18 Grain Elevators Markets
Anton chats with Dr. Will Secor, an economist CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange unit. Dr. Secor received his PhD in applied economics from University of Minnesota and has focused on understanding dynamics within the food supply chain. He has recently written a report (find the full report here) about the market dynamics within the grain elevator [...]