Dr. Wendong Zhang In the News

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.

May 17, 2017
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, has had his paper, "Spatial Heterogeneity, Accessibility, and Zoning: An Empirical Investigation of Leapfrog Development," published in the May 2017 issue of Journal of Economic Geography.

May 09, 2017
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented at the USDA Economists' and C-FARE Webinar April 26. He spoke on the current situation and future outlook of US farmland market.

April 17, 2017
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by Mara Hvistendahl, Science magazine about the Chem China-Syngenta deal and possible effects on GM approvals in China.

March 20, 2017
 

Lillian Yutong ZhangLillian Yutong Zhang was born on Saturday, March 18, at 10 pm at Mary Greeley Hospital.

Said Wendong, "We are all doing great. Wei did it all without any epidural, and Lucy the baby sister is also happy and excited, especially after receiving several presents 'from the newborn'. Lillian weighed 6lb 13.5oz and has a length of 19.5 inches. Normal and healthy! Her middle name Yutong is two Chinese characters: Yu means rain and Tong means red sun."

February 14, 2017
 

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Wendong ZhangAlejandro Plastina and Wendong Zhang, assistant professors, have been awarded a one-year grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture for their project, "Who will own Iowa's farmland? A comparative study of farmland owners, tenure, and succession in Iowa."

January 31, 2017
 

Catherine Kling, professor, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, contributed to the Business Record's "2017 Economic Forecast." Kling spoke on possible changes in the environmental regulations, and Zhang commented on the agricultural economy. 

January 10, 2017
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a cover story in the January 2017 Iowa Banking magazine about the 2016 Iowa Land Values Survey.

January 05, 2017
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was featured in the first issue of the ISU Extension and Outreach Ag & Natural Resources Staff Spotlight this January. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/wendong-zhang

December 13, 2016
 

Dr. WenWendong Zhang, assistant professor, hosted a press conference on Dec. 13, 2016, on the results of the 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey, which showed a 5.9% decline in per acre value since November, 2015. Land values have declined 17.5% since a historic high in 2013.

November 29, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor and  farm management specialist, spoke with Von Ketelsen from KCIM 1380 AM and KICK 106.7 FM about Iowa farmland value trends and the upcoming press conference on Dec. 13, 2016.

October 25, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangDr. Wendong Zhang is administering the 2016 ISU Iowa Land Value Survey. This survey will be sent out to farm managers, appraisers, brokers, ag lenders and other agricultural professionals via paper and online for participation from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2016.

October 20, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, talked with Mike Walsten, from the Pro Farmer/LandOwner newsletter, on farmland supply and farmland sale volumes.

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September 15, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, made a presentation Sep. 14, 2016 at the ISU Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program Colloquium. The title of the talk was "Sustainability of Agro-ecosystems: An Economist's Perspective."

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