The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University's study, "The Renewable Fuel Standard in Competitive Equilibrium: Market and Welfare Effects," concludes what farmers across the Corn Belt already knew: RFS biofuels mandates have provided price support for both corn and soybeans.
Three new faculty members joined the department on August 16, 2017.
The George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award
Purpose of the Award: To honor undergraduate students showing evidence of traits embodied by Dr. Carver, including creativity, courage, dedication, etc., whose early lives and achievements in their educational development inspire and motivate other young people/students.
According to David Swenson, associate scientist, in a recent In These Times article on wind farms: “...non-landowning folks in the region of wind farm projects don’t wind up seeing a whole lot of that money.
An already bad situation will no doubt get worse, according to Dr. Stephen Devadoss (Ph.D. '85 economics) of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University University.
Wallace Huffman, professor, presented the following papers this summer:
Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, made the following presentations:
“Economics of Cover Crops in Midwest Agriculture.” Invited presentation, Conservation Infrastructure Initiative, Cover Crops Working Group, West Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 4, 2017.
If you will be using the new Learning Management System, Canvas, for your courses this semester or would like to learn more about it in advance of the transition next Semester there are some opportunities for training coming up.
Iowa State University would increase its resident undergraduate tuition by 7 percent in each of the next five years under a proposal unveiled Aug. 9, 2017 by interim ISU President Ben Allen.
Burton English (Ph.D. '81 ag economics) was cited in a July 27, 2017, Wall Street Journal article:
Nathan Kauffman (Ph.D. '12 economics), Assistant Vice President and Branch Executive at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, was quoted in a July 31, 2017 High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal article
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, and a recent ISU report on the current ag economy were cited in an editorial by Brendan Sullivan, The Omaha World-Herald,
A group of young professionals in USDA’s Economic Research Service took a four-day tour of Illinois and Iowa last week, including a visit to the ISU campus. Rich Nehring, a USDA-ERS agricultural economist from Washington D.C., organized the tour that started in Chicago.
The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for a 2018 award presented in economics. NAS membership is not required to nominate candidates or to be considered for an award. Please help spread the word that the nomination process is underway!
Check out 2017-18 Department of Economics newsletters.
The 2017 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30-Aug. 1 resulted in honors bestowed upon several Economics Department alumni.
Implementation of Iowa State's new learning management system (LMS) is underway, with instructor access now available. In June, Canvas was chosen to replace the current Blackboard LMS. Blackboard still is available for use during the fall semester; Canvas will be fully implemented for spring courses.
Nine department students traveled to the AAEA meetings in July in Chicago to participate in the undergraduate competitions.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was a guest on KASI Radio’s The Trent Rice Show, talking about business start-ups and how Iowa compares to the nation.
The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted a group of 25 farm and agricultural business professionals from Brazil from July 24 to 28 in its first Business Beyond Borders event.
There will be five welcome and information centers located around campus during the primary student class hours on the first two days of classes. Fruit and water will be available for distribution to students.
Help welcome our new and returning students by volunteering for a shift from the list below. Assignments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please list a first & second choice of date/time/location.
Sonya Huffman, adjunct associate professor, recently gave the following paper presentations:
“Happiness and Diet in Russia” presented at the 2nd Business & Entrepreneurial Economics conference, May 24-26, 2017, Brijuni National Park, Republic of Croatia