Dr. Wendong Zhang In the News

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, "Current ag economy downturn shouldn't mirror the bad days of the ’80s."

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

Said Wendong Zhang, "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.

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."

September 08, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, spoke with Yoko Noge from Nikkei American Inc. (Japanese Economic News) on the declines in commodity prices and farmland values in the Midwest.

August 29, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, recently published a new article at Journal of Great Lakes Research.

July 18, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangThe 2015 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, and CARD was cited in an article by Courtney Fiorini, Mason City Globe Gazette.

July 05, 2016
 

Dr. 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 07, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, talked with Mike Walsten from the LandOwner Newsletter about the land value predictions from the Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference.

May 24, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, talked with Betsy Freese and Successful Farming about the 89th Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference held May 18.

April 15, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangPublications:

"Spatial Heterogeneity, Accessibility, and Zoning: An Empirical Investigation of Leapfrog Development" was just accepted by Journal of Economic Geography and it is now in press and online at https://academic.oup.com/joeg/article-abstract/17/3/547/2930549/Spatial-Heterogeneity-Accessibility-and-Zoning-An

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.

February 22, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, spoke with Lynn Hicks, Des Moines Register, about Iowa farmland owners including non-operator landlords.

February 19, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang was interviewed by Amy Mayer of Iowa Public Radio about the drop in the farmland values reported in the 2015 Iowa Land Values Survey released this week.

February 19, 2016
 

Dr. Wendong ZhangOn Feb. 12th, Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, presented at the Farmland Owners Workshop in Altoona, IA, organized by ISU Extension and Outreach. He spoke about situations and trends in farmland markets and farmland ownership.

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