Department media contacts

March 30, 2016

Liesl Eathington, assistant scientist, was interviewed for a story in the Ames Tribune about the pattern of population growth in metro areas.
Eathington was also quoted about the urbanization trend in a story in Dickinson County News.
She was also interviewed for a story on the population growth in Story County in the Ames Tribune.

Neil Harl, emeritus professor, was quoted in another Ames Tribune story about urging farmers to fight for tax simplification.
Harl has mounted a nation-wide effort to reverse the action taken by Congress in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 involving a statute passed in 1982 to simplify income tax reporting for farmers, ranchers and other small businesses operating as partnerships. Referred to as the "small partnership" exception, it was passed at a time when Congress was toughening up the rules to curb tax sheltering. It represented the most visible and beneficial effort at tax simplification in decades.

Mike Duffy, emeritus professor, was quoted in a story in the Morrow County Sentinel on his research that shows that subsidized crop insurance has an impact on land values.
He was also quoted in a similar story aired on WNAX Radio. 

David Swenson, associate scientist, was a guest on KCRG’s public affairs program “Ethical Perspectives on the News” to discuss the outsourcing of Medicaid.
Swenson talked with Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register reporter, about how Iowa’s meat packing industry has changed of the past 30 years.

Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed by Mark Dorenkamp with Brownfield Ag Radio Network about the results of the 2016 Custom Rate Survey.

Lee Schulz, assistant professor, was interviewed for KCAU News on proposed new pork processing plants in Sioux City and Michigan, and present pork supplies.

Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by Gene Lucht at Iowa Farmer Today regarding the Iowa farmland value results released today by Realtor Land Institute.

Chad Hart, associate professor, was interviewed for a story in The Daily Iowan about expected trade with Cuba.

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