Dr. Wendong Zhang In the News
Results of the 2018 Iowa Land Value Survey show that after a reprieve in 2017, commodity prices, interest rates, and trade disruptions drove Iowa farmland values down for the fourth time in five years. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,264.
Several department members will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2019 operating decisions at 12 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented “China as the Leading Trade Partner of US Agriculture” at the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) in Chandler, Arizona, Nov. 1, 2018.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, just published two articles:
Fangge Liu, job market candidate, presented two papers at the AAEA Meetings in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2018:
"Modeling the Property Price Impact of Lake Restoration: Evidence from Iowa"
Fangge Liu, Iowa State University; Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University; Catherine L. Kling, Iowa State University
The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted a group of farm and agricultural business professionals from Brazil from July 16 to 20 in its second Business Beyond Borders program.
Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor was quoted in a June 7 ArgiNews news brief:
Rental rates for Iowa farmland increased for the first time since 2013, according to a survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was elected to Chair Elect of the the Agricultural Finance & Management section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in May.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a story in Successful Farming at Agiculture.com about the recent survey results from the 91st Annual Soil Management Land Valuation Conference May 16 in Ames, Iowa.
"Having an estimate in writing of all the work that will be done to fix the fence is a good first step. A second step would involve putting a value to the pasture. Typically, a negotiation would follow, and a written contract should be signed," advised Plastina.
"Many producers are experiencing financial challenges, especially regarding working capital. So you may want to consider the impacts of pattern-tiling all your fields on your working capital, and that may suggest you want to prioritize on the most needed fields or even subfields." said Zhang.
Minghao Li, research associate, Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, and Chad Hart, associate professor, published the article "What Have We Learned from China’s Past Trade Retaliation Strategies?" in Choices.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, had his paper "Do U.S. Anglers Care about Harmful Algal Blooms? A Discrete Choice Experiment of Lake Erie Recreational Anglers" in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, accepted an invitation to make a presentation February 22, 2018 at the 94th Annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum - The Roots of Prosperity, in Arlington, Virginia.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, and Minghao Li, postdoctoral researcher, published a new article "Navigating the Chinese agricultural economy through the lens of Iowa" in Ag Decision Maker this week.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a story in Agrimoney about the results from the 2018 ISU Land Value Survey, released in November.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, will speak at the 2018 Farm Futures Business Summit Jan. 18-19, 2018, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel near Iowa City, Iowa.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, is scheduled to speak at the 2018 Farm Futures Business Summit Jan. 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel, near Iowa City. Zhang will talk about what’s really going on in the Chinese ag economy and the implications for U.S. agriculture.
Dermot Hayes, professor, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, hosted China's Consul General Hong Lei at the Memorial Union on Sept. 11, 2017, to discuss the collaboration of the economics department with the Chinese Academy of Ag Sciences to set up a center at Iowa State to study China ag policy.
Wendong 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,
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.
The 72nd Annual Ag Credit School jointly organized by ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Bankers Association was successfully conducted June 12-16 in Ames.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed about the 90th Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference held at Scheman on May 17. He spoke with:
The 90th annual Soil Management and Land Value Conference was held Wednesday, May 17 at the Scheman Building, and is sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach.