Pennsylvania Considering Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; New Electric Costs for the State Explored
Pennsylvanians could see higher electric bills if they adopt RGGI, a cap and trade program that introduces a new price into the electricity market. But, Harrison Fell explains that there are other factors affecting electricity costs and RGGI may not have an adverse affect on consumers after all.
New Research Measures Economic Losses from Further Declines in Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at NC State University and Duke University have published a report that estimates the market and nonmarket economic losses from declines in submerged aquatic vegetation in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.
Promising Research Directions for Measuring the Economic Benefits of Soil Health
Showing long-term private and public economic benefits from farming practices that boost soil health and make farms more resilient could increase the number of farmers willing to utilize cover crops and practice no-till methods.
Economic Impact of Shellfish Aquaculture Surpasses Wild Harvest for First Time
New research has found that North Carolina’s shellfish industry provides over $27 million in economic impact and 532 jobs in the state.
Why Wall Street Investors’ Trading California Water Futures is Nothing to Fear – and Unlikely to Work Anyway
Should we be concerned now that profit-hungry hedge funds and other investors can trade water like a barrel of oil or shares of Apple? Heidi Schweizer and colleague Ellen Bruno weigh in.
CALS Names New Department Head
JunJie Wu will bring his expertise in agricultural and environmental policy and his passion for teaching, research, and extension education to NC State as department head for Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Farm-Level Study Shows Rising Temperatures Hurt Rice Yields
Understanding the effects of temperature on rice yields is important to assess whether rice-breeding efforts have helped address the environmental challenges faced by modern society, such as global warming.
New Research Reveals Growing Economic Impact of NC Seafood
New research has found that North Carolina’s wild-caught commercial seafood industry provides 5,500 jobs and nearly $300 million to the state’s gross domestic product.
Commentary on COVID-19 Policy from Ercumen and Guiteras
The authors encourage low-cost preventative measures like masking and distancing to continue and emphasize that vaccines should be viewed as an additional layer of protection.
Measuring Agricultural Trade Costs: Findings and Recommendations
Heidi Schweizer and John Beghin offer suggestions for reducing the financial burdens associated with international trade.