Dr. Wendong Zhang In the News

December 12, 2018
 

Wendong ZhangResults 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.

November 19, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Nov. 16th Iowa Farmer Today story "Iowa hotline offers financial, health resources."

November 19, 2018
 

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.

November 19, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong 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.

October 23, 2018
 

Chad Hart, Lee Schulz, Wendong ZhangChad Hart, associate professor, Lee Schulz, associate professor, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, will speak at the Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminar Dec. 5, 2018.

October 12, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang attended the National Ag Credit and NC - 1177 joint meeting Oct. 8-10, 2018, at the Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, where he was elected President-Elect for NC-1177, which is a multi-state research project sponsored by USDA focusing on agricultural and rural finance markets.

September 20, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, just published two articles:

September 19, 2018
 

Fangge LiuFangge 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

September 19, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, gave a presentation at the Mid America CropLife Association annual meeting, which was used in a @croplifemag article about agriculture in China and the US.

July 23, 2018
 

Business Beyond Borders meetingThe 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.

July 11, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangAn AJAE article "Angling for less harmful algal blooms" by Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and Brent Sohngen, The Ohio State University, has been included in blog posts by Oxford University Press (July 4) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) (July 8th.)

July 03, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong Zhang, Dr. Alejandro PlastinaWendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina, assistant professors, were interviewed for an Estherville News article on the results of the 2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership Tenure Survey conducted by ISU Extension and Outreach. The survey, started in 1949, is conducted every five years.

June 27, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangThe results of the 2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership Tenure Survey conducted by ISU Extension and Outreach were announced June 28 at 10 a.m. in the Horton Room of the ISU Alumni Center.

June 14, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro 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.

June 06, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by The New Food Economy for a story on how almost 40 percent of all farmland is rented out by non-farming landlords.

May 21, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was elected to Chair Elect of the the Agricultural Finance & Management section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in May.

May 17, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong 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.

May 15, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for an Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman story on the China soybean tariff.

May 01, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Wendong ZhangAlejandro Plastina and Wendong Zhang, assistant professors, answered reader questions on pasture rental and field tiling April 30 as part of the Timely Tips panel in Wallaces Farmer magazine.

"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. 

April 27, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed in an Erin McKinstry story in the Missourian "As generations age, farm owners less connected to their land" on  April 23.

April 26, 2018
 

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.

April 09, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for an April 5 Business Record story "Tariff tiff: Midwest braces; who blinks first?"

April 04, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a story about the strain for farmers due to China's pork and ethanol tariffs in the Ottumwa Courier April 3, 2018.

March 26, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong 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.

March 07, 2018
 

Soybean fieldWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a March 6th Ottumwa Courier story by Aaryn Frazier on trade retaliation concerns resulting from soybean tariffs.

March 05, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, has had his article "The current farm downturn vs the 1920s and 1980s farm crises: An economic and regulatory comparison," coauthored with Kristine Tidgren, published by Ag Finance Review

February 26, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was cited in a Feb. 22, 2018 Successful Farming story "A Bad Year for Grain Farmers? All it Takes is Average Yields."

February 26, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong 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.

February 22, 2018
 

map of farmers in Chinese provincesWendong 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. 

February 12, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by Jennifer Coyne from the Dairy Star for an article comparing current farm conditions to the 1980s farm crisis.

February 08, 2018
 

Alejandro Plastina, Wendong ZhangAlejandro Plastina and Wendong Zhang, assistant professors, were members of the Timely Tips panel to answer questions sent by Wallaces Farmer readers on changes in the new federal tax law changes and how they affect farmers' equipment purchases.

January 18, 2018
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in an Ottumwa Courier story on how the lack of exports is affecting farm soybean prices.

December 21, 2017
 

Farm fieldWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a story in Agrimoney about the results from the 2018 ISU Land Value Survey, released in November.

December 14, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a story in the Des Moines Register about the results of the 2017 Iowa State University Land Value Survey, released Dec. 12, 2017.

December 13, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, announced results of the 2017 Iowa State University Land Value Survey Dec. 12, 2017.

December 11, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong 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.

November 21, 2017
 

Friendship Farm, Beijing Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a story in The Economist  about the 3,300-acre "Friendship Farm" being constructed near Beijing:

November 08, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a Des Moines Register story on Iowa's role in transforming China's ag industry, to the benefit of both nations.

October 31, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong 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.

September 28, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, made a presentation on a panel at the 2017 Iowa Ideas Conference in Cedar Rapids Sept. 22, 2017. The issues discussed were the barriers and opportunities for beginning farmers to get started in farming.

September 12, 2017
 

Dermot Hayes and Wendong Zhang with China Consul General, Hong LeiDermot 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.

August 08, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong 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,

August 08, 2017
 

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.

August 01, 2017
 

Farm fieldsWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by Katy Keiffer for a story in The New Food Economy on "Who really owns American Farmland?"

July 10, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a story in Farm Journal's AgWeb about differences between the 80s farm crisis and the current downturn in the farm economy.

July 05, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, had his Ag Policy Review article on an unlikely repeat of the 1980s farm crisis included in a University of Illinois Farm Policy News update on July 5, 2017.

June 20, 2017
 

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.

June 01, 2017
 

John Lawrence, Wendong ZhangJohn Lawrence, interim V.P., extension and outreach, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented to a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Trade Promotion Center on U.S. Farm Bill May 30.

May 24, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed about the 90th Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference held at Scheman on May 17. He spoke with:

May 24, 2017
 

Wendong ZhangThe 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.

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