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IPAD Seminar - Han Bum Lee

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
426-428 Mumford Hall

International Policy and Development Workshop (IPAD) Seminar

Han Bum Lee

"Evaluating Extension Strengthening in Bangladesh"

Thursday, September 29, 2016
12:30-1:20 p.m.
426-428 Mumford Hall


IPAD Seminar - Craig Gundersen

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
426-428 Mumford Hall

International Policy and Development Workshop (IPAD) Seminar

Craig Gundersen

"Alleviating Food Insecurity in the United States: What We Know and What We Need to Know"

Thursday, September 15, 2016
12:30-1:20 p.m.
426-428 Mumford Hall


IPAD Seminar - Anna Fairbairn with Liana Acevedo-Siaca and Alex Park

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
426-428 Mumford Hall

International Policy and Development Workshop (IPAD) Seminar

Anna Fairbairn with Liana Acevedo-Siaca and Alex Park

"Borlaug Graduate Student Fellowships in Global Food Security: Experiences of ACES Awardees"

Thursday, September 8, 2016
12:30-1:20 p.m.
426-428 Mumford Hall


IPAD Seminar - Kashi Kafle

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
426-428 Mufmord Hall

International Policy and Development Workshop (IPAD) Seminar

Kashi Kafle

"Does raising women's empowerment disempower men? The impact of livestock transfer and associated training on intra-household decision making in Zambia"

Thursday, September 1, 2016
12:30-1:20 p.m.
426-428 Mumford Hall


"Crop Intensification in the Tropics" at The World Food Prize ALSO LIVESTREAMED

7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Marriot Hotel in Des Moines, IA

We invite you to join the Soybean Innovation Lab’s event, “Crop Intensification in the Tropics”, to engage with technical experts and industry leaders focused on the role of agricultural intensification and its impact in tropical settings. Time: 7:15am to 8:30 am (Central Time), Thursday October 13, 2016, Marriot Hotel in Des Moines, IA.

Discussion will help to answer:

  • What are the trade-offs of farming commercial crops in Africa?
  • How does increased agricultural productivity improve incomes and nutrition?
  • What are the environmental impacts of input utilization in commercial farming?

Click the link to view the agenda and learn more about the event.

Round Table Speakers Include: Dr. Robert Easter, President Emeritus, University of Illinois Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID Dr. Michael Robinson, Chief Science Advisor, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Unable to Attend?

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Livestream: Summit on Data in Agricultural Science

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is convening a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government-wide efforts and investments in Big Data. Save the date for an opportunity to help shape the agenda driving innovation in our agricultural enterprise. Join us via livestream as leaders in agriculture and data science fields converge to synthesize the future of data-driven agriculture.

This Oct.10 event will include an address from NIFA Director Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, a set of visionary talks from leaders in the fields of data science and agriculture, and discussion. 

This event will be streamed live in tandem with the Oct.10-12, National Science Foundation's 
Midwest Big Data Hub All-Hands Meeting

The event will be streamed 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST.


“Vitamin acquisition – critical traits for you and your gut microbes”, Patrick Degnan, Dept of Microbiology, UIUC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
103 Mumford Hall

Patrick Degnan, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, UIUC. “Vitamin acquisition – critical traits for you and your gut microbes”


Patrick Degnan


DuPont-Pioneer Plant Science Symposium Series

All Day Event
College of ACES Library

Graduate students in the Department of Crop Sciences have organized the 2016 Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium on the theme “Feeding the People: Solving Hunger at Scale” to be held on September 13 on campus.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Gore, associate professor of molecular breeding and genetics, Cornell University
  • Dr. Goldsmith, associate professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Lovell, associate professor of Landscape Agroecology, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Gioia Massa, NASA scientist at Kennedy Space Center Dr. David Mies, Global Plant Breeding Consultant


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Beef and pork’s role in filling the supply gap

Published August 29, 2016

URBANA, Ill. – Producers of beef and pork have been discouraged about recent low prices as cash prices have dropped sharply this year. According to a Purdue University Extension economist, spring finished cattle price highs were near $138 per live hundredweight, but last week fell to $115, a $23 plunge. And the story is story is similar for hogs. After seeing yearly highs at $81 for a national lean price in the third week of June, prices have dropped $20, or 25 percent, in the past two months.

“Stepping back to take a longer view, finished cattle prices have been dropping since late 2014 when they reached record highs around $173,” says Chris Hurt. “From $173 to $115 means, finished cattle prices have now dropped 34 percent. It is the same story for hogs, but with even bigger declines. The drop from the $130 record in 2014 to $61 today is a 53 percent reduction.

“It’s not hard to identify reasons for wild swings in prices over the past 10 years as these industries have been forced to adjust to large economic shocks,” Hurt explains. “The severe multi-year drought in the Southern Plains was one of those shocks for the beef sector. The other was the period of surging feed prices starting in the fall of 2006 and continuing to mid-year 2013.”

What is the supply gap?

“Drought in cattle country and high feed prices caused economic losses that forced supplies downward,” Hurt continues. “As a result, the supply of beef, pork, chicken, and turkey dropped from 220 pounds per person in 2007 to just 201 pounds by 2014, creating a 19-pound supply gap. Low available supplies in 2014 brought record-high prices for cattle, hogs, and chickens. Turkey prices moved even higher in 2015 because of additional lost production due to avian influenza.”

Hurt says the highest animal prices were in 2014 and 2015, at the same time feed prices began to moderate with the large 2013 and 2014 crops. High animal prices and lower feed prices meant record profitability.

“Record profitability was the signal producers needed to start expansion, and they will likely continue on that path for several more years,” Hurt says.

Thus, the meat industries are now in the process of filling the supply gap. Current USDA forecasts for 2017 are that U.S. per capita meat supplies will be back up to 216 pounds.

“That’s a burst of 15 added pounds since the 2014 low of just 201 pounds and just four pounds short of the record consumption in 2007, which was based on the era of $2 per bushel corn,” Hurt says.

According to Hurt, supply adjustments have been different for the pork and the beef sectors. Reduction in pork consumption per person was four pounds from 2007 to 2014. By 2017, pork will have recovered all of that reduction and be back up to 2007 per capita supplies. Pork will fill its supply gap.

“The pattern is much different for the beef sector that experienced more trauma and cannot increase production as quickly as poultry and pork,” Hurt says. “From 2007 to 2014 beef availability dropped by 11 pounds per capita and in 2017 is expected to still be about 10 pounds below 2007 levels. This means beef has only made a small step toward filling the supply gap.” 

Hurt lists three important implications:

  • First, the beef sector has been retaining females and this means that the size of the calf crops will be increasing over the next two years and per capita beef supplies will likely increase for two to three years.
  • Second, the chicken industry has already filled its supply gap and more as 2017 per capita chicken supplies are expected to be six pounds more than supplies in 2007.
  • Third, it is increasingly looking like the meat and poultry industries will totally fill the supply gap in the next three years with per capita meat and poultry supplies returning to near the 2007 record of 220 pounds. However, beef is not likely to reach its 2007 levels, with chicken taking most of that market share.

“A critical factor in a continued increase in per capita meat supplies will be moderate feed prices,” Hurt says. The potential record 2016 corn and soybean crops suggests that corn, soybean meal, and forage prices over the next 12 months will be some of the lowest of the past decade. This is likely to stimulate somewhat more meat production for 2017 than the USDA forecasts used here.

Why are animal prices moving lower?

“The big picture answer is that the animal industries are rebuilding per capita supplies because of lower feed prices and restocking brood cows in the Southern Plains,” Hurt says. “It seems likely that the meat industry will fill the supply gap that was created from 2007 to 2014. The meat industries are expected to continue to increase supplies until animal product prices drop to levels that approach breakeven levels.”



International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference

All Day Event
Des Moines, Iowa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development will host the International Food Security Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, October 10-11. The conference, to be held in conjunction with World Food Prize events, will bring together public- and private-sector partners to discuss issues and challenges related to delivering programs to alleviate hunger and promote long-term food security throughout the world.

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