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Wednesday
Jul012015

Presentation on Land Use and Water Scarcity

OreCal Project Partner Beau Olen presented a paper in the AERE Session at the AAEA-WAEA Joint Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The paper is co-authored with OreCal Principal Investigator JunJie Wu. The paper is entitled “Impacts of Water Scarcity and Climate on Land Use for Irrigated Agriculture in the U.S. West Coast.”

Monday
Jun152015

Publication on Irrigation Decisions and Water Scarcity

Water scarcity is a significant problem in the western United States. Currently, California is experiencing a four-year drought. In 2015, the April 1 snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which is the standard indicator of summer surface water availability in California, was 5 percent of normal which is the lowest on record. The lowest snowpack since 1950 was 25 percent of average, so Water Year 2015 is the driest winter in California's written record.

OreCal Principal Investigators Beau Olen, JunJie Wu, and Christian Langpap were recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics for their article "Irrigation Decisions for Major West Coast Crops: Water Scarcity and Climatic Determinants." This study assesses the impact of water scarcity and climate on irrigation decisions for producers of specialty crops, wheat, and forage crops. The analysis presented provides valuable information about how producers in irrigated agricultural production systems would respond and adapt to water pricing policies and climate change.

Sunday
Feb012015

Invited Discussion

Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District, invited a dozen faculty members from Oregon State University, including OreCal Principal Investigator Beau Olen, to ongoing discussions about "envisioning an Oregon-centric U.S. Farm Bill". February 2015 – present.

Friday
Aug012014

Presentation at Farm Bill Briefing

JunJie Wu, a Principal Investigator of the OreCal Project, gave a presentation entitled "The 2014 Farm Bill: An Analysis of its Major Impacts in Oregon," at the Farm Bill Briefing for Oregon Congressional Delegation Staff in Portland, Oregon, August 2014. (Wu, J.J., S.M. Capalbo, and B. Olen.)

Thursday
Apr172014

Award Winning Article

John Antle, OreCal Principal Investigator and Oregon State University Professor, and Laurie Houston, Oregon State University Faculty Research Associate, have been selected for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s prestigious Outstanding Choices Article Award for "A Regional Look at the Distribution of Farm Program Payments and How It May Change with a New Farm Bill."

Wednesday
Feb262014

Presentation at USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum

Susan Capalbo, a Principal Investigator of the OreCal Project, gave a presentation entitled "The Environmental Conservation in the US: Policy, Economics and Room for Improvement," in the USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum: The Changing Face of Agriculture, Arlington, Virginia February 20-21, 2014.

(PowerPoint presentation available here.)

Wednesday
Dec182013

CAEP Research Published in Choices Magazine

A recent study by John Antle and Laurie Houston, A Regional Look at the Distribution of Farm Program Payments and How It May Change with a New Farm Bill, was published online December 2, 2013, by Choices Magazine, the principal outreach vehicle of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  In this article the authors utilize individual responses to the Agricultural Census to examine the distribution of the major types of farm program payments among four regions of the country – the Corn Belt, the Lake States, the Northern Plains and the Pacific Northwest.  Amounts and types of payments are compared in absolute terms and relative to the amount of agricultural income a farm earns. This analysis reveals some fresh insights into the distribution of farm program payments and how it could change with a new farm bill that should inform the debate about the economic effects of farm programs. One new finding is that while large farms receive a large share of farm program payments, as has been widely publicized in the news media, smaller farms often receive as much or more than large farms relative to farm income. They also find substantial differences in the importance of different types of program payments across regions and types of farms. Notably, profitable commercial farms receive a large share of “direct payments” that are likely to be substantially reduced or eliminated with new farm legislation, but may be replaced by larger crop insurance subsidies. In contrast, less profitable farms are more dependent on conservation program payments.  Also, the data show that many farms that produce livestock also receive commodity subsidies because many of them produce subsidized grain crops, and also receive substantial conservation payments. This analysis shows that the distribution of program payments is complex, varies by type of farm and region, and will depend on how major program changes, including new crop insurance provisions, will be designed and implemented.

(Supplemental figures available here.)

Thursday
Aug012013

Presentation on Land Use and Specialty Crop Insurance

OreCal Project Partner Beau Olen presented a paper at the AAEA-CAES Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The paper is co-authored with OreCal Principal Investigator JunJie Wu. The paper is entitled “The Supply of Specialty Crop Insurance and its Effects on Harvested Acreage and Yield.”  

Tuesday
May142013

The Farm Bill and Western Agriculture

The OreCal sponsored conference “The Farm Bill and Western Agriculture” was held on May 14th at the University of California Davis. Discussions and presentations included: What the Farm Bill is Likely to Mean for Western Agriculture, The Farm Bill: What it Does and What it Means, The Expanding Role of Risk Management and Crop Insurance Policy, What Changing Federal Dairy Policy Means for Western Dairy and Related Industries, and How Federal Conservation, Energy and Climate Policy Affects Western Agriculture. Presentation slides and photos from the event are available at the conference website. A special thanks goes out to Dan Sumner and other OreCal investigators at UC Davis for hosting an informative and exciting conference!

Wednesday
Jan302013

A Successful All-Team Meeting

OreCal held their first all-team meeting in Portland, Oregon in January. The majority of the researchers involved in the project were able to attend to meet with each other regarding their progress on their respective projects. Additionally, members from both the CAEP and AIC Advisory Networks were able to attend and provide valuable feedback about the future directions of the Partnership. It was an informative and productive meeting of the minds.

A big THANK YOU to all of those who were able to attend. We look forward to your continued involvement in the program.