Neil E. Harl, emeritus professor, was interviewed on June 16 by Diane Alter, a financial analyst for CTFN, an on-line financial news firm headquartered in Connecticut, on "Anti-trust Policy and Pending Mergers."
The Spring 2016 Department of Economics Alumni Newsletter Update is now available online.
100&Change Grand Competition
is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. The MacArthur Foundation expects most applications to be focused on domestic issues in the United States, but they welcome international applications from both non-profit and for-profit organizations. The length of the funded project will be three to six years.
Congratulations to grad students Jennifer West and Kevin Duncan who got married last weekend before friends and family at the Des Moines Botanical Center in Des Moines, Iowa!
Request for Proposals – Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program
Deadline: Aug. 17, 2016
Graduate students interested in applying for the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship can find the Request for Proposals online at
Neil E. Harl, emeritus professor:
was interviewed by Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor, for distribution on DTN on "Ag Merger Mania" on May 20, 2016
Dermot Hayes, professor, will speak on U.S. exports and international trade at the World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 8-10, 2016.
On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (State Department) issued a Travel Alert for Americans in Europe through August 31, 2016. The Travel Alert is notable in that it is only the third time that the State Department has issued a general Travel Alert for Europe. Aside from highlighting the risk posed to U.S. citizens from potential terrorist attacks at public locations and large scale events (i.e., tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers, mass transit, etc.), the Travel Alert draws specific attention to France and Poland.
Kevin Kimle, senior lecturer and director of Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, was interviewed by Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register, for a story on the Ag Startup Engine.
Emeritus Professor George Wells Ladd, 91, of Ames, Iowa, died May 22, 2016, at Green Hills Retirement Community.
Kevin Kimle, senior lecturer and director of Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, has assisted in the creation and development of Ag Startup Engine, which is a private-sector entity.
The AAEA Trust is accepting applications for Travel Grants for Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals attending the meeting July 31-August 2. These grants defray housing and transportation costs. The amount of the travel grant awarded will depend on a variety of factors, including: number of applications received, financial need of the applicant, and expected active participation in the Annual Meeting.
Submit all applications online before Friday, May 27, 2016.
PhD student Maria (Jimena) González Ramírez gave the commencement speech at Loras college on May 21, 2016.
On Friday, May 20, nine Ag Business alums, including Amy Brandau, econ department academic adviser, came back to campus as part of the Curtiss League of Awesomeness Kick-Off.
The 89th Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference took place on May 18 in the Scheman Building. More than 280 farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers, ag lenders and others attended this year’s conference.