August 21, 2017

Renewable fuel plantThe 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.

August 17, 2017

Three new faculty members joined the department on August 16, 2017.

August 17, 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.

Selection Criteria:

August 17, 2017

David SwensonAccording 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.

August 17, 2017

Dr. Stephen DevadossAn 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.

August 16, 2017

Wallace HuffmanWallace Huffman, professor, presented the following papers this summer:

August 15, 2017

Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro 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.

August 14, 2017

Economics Faculty:
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.

August 09, 2017

Interim President Benjamin AllenIowa 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.

August 08, 2017

Burton EnglishBurton English (Ph.D. '81 ag economics) was cited in a July 27, 2017, Wall Street Journal article:

August 08, 2017

Nathan KauffmanNathan 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

August 08, 2017

Wendong ZhangWendong 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,

August 08, 2017

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.

August 08, 2017

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!

August 07, 2017

Check out 2017-18 Department of Economics newsletters.

August 04, 2017

Broken NewtonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, and Liesl Eathington, assistant scientist, were interviewed by Jason Margolis for a story on Public Radio International about the plight of Midwestern towns like Newton, Iowa, who try to rebuild their economies after losing manufacturing jobs.

August 03, 2017

The 2017 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30-Aug. 1 resulted in honors bestowed upon several Economics Department alumni.

August 03, 2017

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.

August 02, 2017

AAEA outstanding club award 2017Nine department students traveled to the AAEA meetings in July in Chicago to participate in the undergraduate competitions.

August 02, 2017

David SwensonDavid 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.

August 01, 2017

Farm fieldsWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by Katy Keiffer for a story in The New Food Economy on "Who really owns American Farmland?"

July 31, 2017

Kevin Kimle, David Krog, Chad Hart, Christian BoessenThe 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.

July 27, 2017

Economics Faculty:

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.

July 27, 2017

Dermot HayesDermot Hayes, professor, is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story on how the U.S.

July 27, 2017

Sonya HuffmanSonya 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


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