Dr. Wendong Zhang In the News
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor in economics and extension land value economist, is the recipient of the Early Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, made three zoom presentations last week on US-China Agricultural Trade at the Cooperative Farmers Network Core Conference, the Michigan Corn Growers Association "Coffee with Corn" Weekly Webinar, and the Iowa Corn Growers Association EGT Committee Meeting.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, made a zoom presentation Feb.18 for the American Farm Bureau Federation on the impacts of ad hoc federal government payments on commodity and land markets. The slides can be found at https://www2.econ.iastate.edu/faculty/zhang/presentations/Zhang_20210218_AFBF_Commodity_Land_Markets.pdf
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, and Chad Hart, professor, have a new publication, "The impacts of interest rate changes on US Midwest farmland values," at Agricultural Finance Review. This is a joint work with MS graduate Albulena Basha, and is built on her master thesis.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, made a zoom presentation titled "U.S.-China Agricultural Trade after the Election: the Way Forward" for the 2021 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Member-Only Winter Programs, ISU Alumni Association Feb. 3, 2021.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, made three recent presentations.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, has a new blog post, "Does Investing in the Intelligent Sprayer Make Economic Sense?" The blog is part of a USDA-funded project. PhD student Nieyan Cheng co-authored the post.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, has a new publication at Land Economics https://muse.jhu.edu/article/775584.
Best Management Practices and Nutrient Reduction: An Integrated Economic-Hydrologic Model of the Western Lake Erie Basin
Hongxing Liu, Wendong Zhang, Elena Irwin, Jeffrey Kast, Noel Aloysius, Jay Martin, and Margaret Kalcic.
According to the 2020 Iowa Land Values Survey, favorable interest rates, a strong demand for land, and substantial government payments helped stabilize Iowa’s farmland market in a year in which Iowa’s farmers faced the destructive onslaught of a derecho, significant uncertainties in US agricultural trade, and a pandemic that significantly altered market demand.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, made a presentation at the Iowa Learning Farms Webinar titled "The Cost and Benefits of Agricultural Water Conservation: An Economist’s Perspective" on Dec. 9.
The recording can be found at https://vimeo.com/user42671352/review/489489898/dd9ee64af1
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was awarded a $39,700 grant funded by Iowa Water Center and Iowa Nutrient Research Center for his project "Environmental Justice for All: Nutrient Impacts on Lake-Based Recreation and Tourism by Rural and Socially Disadvantaged Iowans." Zhang's Co-PIs on the project are Yongjie Ji, assistant scientist, CARD; David Swenson, research scientist; and Xibo Wan, Ph.D. student.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, made a presentation at the 2020 Virtual Ohio Agricultural Policy & Outlook Conference on "China's Agricultural Transformations and its Global Trade Implications" Nov. 9.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, has published a new paper, “The Case for Healthy U.S.-China Agricultural Trade Relations despite Deglobalization Pressures,” at Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. It is a Featured Article in the special COVID-19 issue.
Nieyan Cheng, Ph.D. student, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, wrote a blog post for cucurbit growers on the economic efficiency of new proposed technology - mesotunnels for organic cucurbit production.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented via zoom on U.S.-China agricultural trade at the first Alumni webinar for Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation on Sept. 17, 2020.
Dermot Hayes, professor, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, have a new publication at the American Journal of Agricultural Economics https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajae.12137
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed by Milli Legrain at Telemundo, in which she cited CARD's survey on the farmers’ trade perceptions about the trade war.
A panel consisting of Chad Hart, professor, Alejandro Plastina, associate professor, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented a webinar Aug. 25 on farm leasing.
The presentation was reported in an Aug. 26 Successful Farming article, "Iowa's 2021 farm profits to hinge on trade and gov't payments, economists say."
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented to an event organized by the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and partners, Contrarian Agriculture Series on August 5. The title of his presentation was China’s Shifting Food Consumption: Lessons from African Swine Fever and Chilean Cherries.
Land values would decline by an additional 1% by November 2021, according to a survey conducted annually for Iowa State's Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference.
The 2020 Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference has been cancelled for the year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A May 2020 policy brief by CARD, "China’s Agricultural Imports under the Phase One Deal: Is Success Possible?" was cited in a May 27 Successful Farming story, "China buys more; will it be enough for Phase One?"
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a March 19 USAgnet story, "ISU: Coronavirus Creates Trade Deal Uncertainty." Zhang was quoted from an article he co-authored for The Conversation.
The article, “The state-level burden of the trade war: Interactions between the Market Facilitation Program and tariffs,” in the winter 2020 issue of Agricultural Policy Review was cited in the Mar. 3 Successful Farming story, "Red Farm States End Up in The Black with Tariff Payments."
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, gave a presentation on crop market outlook and the farm bill at the Ag symposium at Luana Savings Bank in Luana, Iowa, Feb. 21.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a Jan. 31 Yahoo Finance story, "Democrats Claim the Economy Needs Work. Here's a Breakdown of the Early Primary States."
The Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of conservation practices.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was quoted in a Jan. 14 story, "Agriculture Hopes For A Win As US And China Prepare To Sign Phase One Trade Deal," on KCUR's Up to Date.
CARD's annual Iowa Farmland Value Survey, was cited in a Jan. 7 Post Bulletin opinion piece, "Our view: 10 things that could change farming."
At his 2019 Iowa State University Land Value Survey press conference Wednesday, Dec. 11, Wendong Zhang, assistant professor for CARD, announced that Iowa farmland value grew 2.3% in 2019, barely exceeding inflation. The press conference, held at 10 a.m.
Assistant Professor Wendong Zhang was quoted in the Nov. 20 National Interest Online blog article, "MSNBC/Washington Post Debate: Democrats Will Battle Over These Important Economic Issues."