Four things I’ve learned about chestnuts (so far)

When I moved to Michigan, I knew the agriculture would be different… and Michigan has delivered.  The climate, the soils and the people have all proved to be a different breed when compared to my home state of Kansas.  In the past year, I’ve had discussions with growers involved in tart cherries, cider apples, hops,Continue reading “Four things I’ve learned about chestnuts (so far)”

Agricultural Tariffs 101

I’ve had RFD-TV‘s Market Day Report on for most of today in an effort to stay informed of the current sentiments regarding trade retaliation from China.  Ag economists Wally Tyner and Chris Hurt from Purdue made some great points about the current situation.   Exports of agricultural products from the U.S. to China totaled $19.6 billion inContinue reading “Agricultural Tariffs 101”

We know people don’t pay complete attention on surveys. Our new article shows how to tell if it’s a problem in your own discrete choice research.

Like it or not, economists rely on surveys to conduct their research and survey fatigue is an increasing issue.  The problem of survey fatigue has led many to conclude that household surveys are in crisis in large part because of measurement error.  Those survey issues can have serious problems when it comes to policy analysis.  As JaysonContinue reading “We know people don’t pay complete attention on surveys. Our new article shows how to tell if it’s a problem in your own discrete choice research.”

Seems like people love to hate on the abstract nature of ‘local foods.’ Some points of clarification.

The cover story in USA Today took a bunch of pot-shots at state branding local food campaigns.  From the article titled: “‘Buy local’ food programs deceive consumers and are rarely enforced, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds”: Think of it like this: Coffee beans don’t grow in Utah. They must be imported. “But if youContinue reading “Seems like people love to hate on the abstract nature of ‘local foods.’ Some points of clarification.”