Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD)

image of CARD faculty and staffCARD conducts innovative public policy and economic research on agricultural, environmental, and food issues. CARD uniquely combines academic excellence with engagement and anticipatory thinking to inform and benefit society.

CARD researchers develop and apply economic theory, quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary approaches to create relevant knowledge. Communication efforts target state and federal policymakers; the research community; agricultural, food, and environmental groups; individual decision makers; and international audiences.

CARD’s Origins: Commemorating 50 YearsCARD 50 years logo

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. The Center was founded at Iowa State University in 1958 to address problems, especially unintended consequences, in agricultural policy. Founding director Earl Heady brought quantitative analysis to the study of agricultural policy at CARD, a scientific approach for measuring different policy options.

Today, CARD conducts policy research using innovative analytical systems and sophisticated models, as well as helping to train the next generation of economists and scientists and providing information about agricultural, food, and environmental policy.

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