Weekly media connections for the Department of Economics

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Mike Duffy spoke with Dan Piffer with the DM Register on changes in costs of production and distribution of Iowa farmers. He also spoke with Katherine Harbin, of the Xinhua News Agency (China's version of the Associated Press), about land values and investment.

Chad Hart spoke with Tim Hoskins, Iowa Farmer Today, on the projected size of the 2012 corn crop, given expected acreage and trend yields. Additional contacts for Hart:

  • Frank Morris, KCUR Radio, on how the agricultural economy moves differently than the overall economy.
  • Dan Pillar, Des Moines Register, on 2012 crop production costs and land rental rates.

Dave Swenson was interviewed today by Donnelle Eller, a business reporter with The Des Moines Register, on a potential data farm in Nebraska that Iowa officials are interested in competing for. He was questioned as to how likely it is that a data farm -- like either Google or Microsoft -- would yield spin-off jobs. He was also interviewed by Adam Belz, a reporter with The Des Moines Register, on research Iowa State economists did in cooperation with CIRAS on the SE Iowa economy, and in particular, Lee County and their long-time chronic high unemployment levels and the decline in manufacturing jobs.