Hart on Iowa Public Radio

May 11, 2020
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Dr. Chad HartChad Hart, associate professor, was interviewed May 10 by hosts Gemma Gaudette of Boise State Public Radio and Charity Nebbe of Iowa Public Radio as they took an inside look at the pandemic's impact on our food system, "Is the U.S. food supply chain in trouble?"

"I think the idea is what we're seeing is a lot of the farm produce that's being created is being delayed in getting to market and delayed in getting processing. And really, that's the crucial step right now, the problem here. We have plenty of farm production, we just don't have the processing capacity right now to convert that farm produce into the food products that we're used to buying at the grocery store."


Hart was quoted in a May 11 USA Today story, "'You're losing money everywhere': Iowa farmers try to hang on through pandemic crisis."

The economic toll could reach nearly $7 billion this year for Iowa farmers, a 20% cut in livestock and grain producers' revenue, said Chad Hart, an Iowa State University agriculture economist who has studied COVID-19's impact.


Hart was quoted in a May 10 Des Moines Register story, "The economic toll could reach nearly $7 billion this year for Iowa farmers, a 20% cut in livestock and grain producers’ revenue, said Chad Hart, an Iowa State University agriculture economist who has studied COVID-19’s impact."


In a May 13 Associated Press story in The New York Times story, "US Meat Exports Surge as Industry Struggles to Meet Demand."

“A lot of these sales were made before COVID-19 hit. China had already made these purchases and then COVID-19 hit. They had actually pre-purchased a lot of this before the plant problems hit,” said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University.


In a May 13 Boston Herald story, "Meat exports surge as industry struggles to meet US demand."

“A lot of these sales were made before COVID-19 hit. China had already made these purchases and then COVID-19 hit. They had actually pre-purchased a lot of this before the plant problems hit,” said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University.

 

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