Dr. Alejandro Plastina In the News

October 09, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, is co-PI on an Iowa State-led team winning a multi-state (Iowa, California, Kentucky) NIFA grant for $2 million. Plastina will lead the economic analysis portion across the three states.

June 13, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, co-authored an article with an economic analysis of cover crops that has been published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Systems:

June 05, 2019
 

Dr. John Lawrence, Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Wendong ZhangJohn Lawrence, vice president for extension and outreach, Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, and Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, wrote articles in the 2nd Quarter issue of Choices magazine. The issue theme is The Future of Farm Management Extension.

May 28, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, wrote that "Cash rents declined slightly in 2019 but won’t offset lower prices for farmers who are renting land," in an article about the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “2019 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2019 Survey,” (FM 1851) which was published in the May edition of Ag Decision Maker newsletter

May 16, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, is a co-PI in a recently awarded NIFA grant. The project director is Paul Lasley (ISU), and co-PIs are Steven Bradbury (ISU), John Miranowski (ISU), Evan Sivesind (ISU-Ent), and Alicia Rosburg (University of Northern Iowa). The project title, which focuses on environmental economics, is Assessment of the Socio-Economic Factors Impacting Adoption of Voluntary Pest Resistance Management by Rural Communities.

May 13, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed by Greg Meyer from the Financial Times last week, and his extension publication was referenced in the article “US-China tensions knock soyabeans to post-crisis low.”

April 29, 2019
 

Dr. Keri Jacobs, Dr. Alejandro PlastinaTwo member of the department were selected to receive AAEA Awards at the AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta in July, 2019.

April 16, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor published a new report, "Egg Processing, Cartoning and Transportation Costs: A Special Report," for the Egg Industry Center.

February 14, 2019
 

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Sergio LenceAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, and Sergio Lence, professor, have just published a new article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics on Feb 8.

December 17, 2018
 

Dr. Lee Schulz, Dr. Alejandro PlastinaLee Schulz, associate professor, and Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, were interviewed for an Dec. 14th Pilot-Tribune article on farm markets.

December 03, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed on RFD-TV about the Cover Crops Net Returns Calculator.

November 28, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, has had a new peer-reviewed article published in Cover Crops with funding from NCR-SARE and CARD:

November 26, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, had the article "Choosing Corn Hybrids for 2019" published in Wallaces Farmer Nov. 26, 2018.

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.

October 23, 2018
 

This decision tool is intended to help farmers who do not currently use cover crops evaluate the expected annual net returns to cover crop adoption under alternative scenarios, and to serve as a benchmark for farmers who are already using cover crops and want to improve the return on their investment.

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

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.

May 24, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, hosted the spring meeting of the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee (https://ncfmc.org/)  in Heady Hall on May 17-18. Plastina served as elected Secretary for the NCFMEC in 2017/18.

May 15, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaNewly published research by Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, examines converting underperforming areas in Iowa crop fields to switchgrass, which could help farmers decrease costs while potentially providing an economic benefit from a future bioenergy crop market.

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. 

May 01, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaThe first of a series of articles on cover crop economics has been published today on Cambridge Core in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems as an open access article (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170518000194):

April 26, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Sergio LenceAlejandro Plastina, Sergio H Lence; A Parametric Estimation of Total Factor Productivity and Its Components in U.S. Agriculture, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, aay010, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aay010

April 03, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 ANR Programming Innovation Award for developing a collaborative partnership with the Iowa Farm Business Association and using their farm-level data to evaluate the financial situation of Iowa farms, publish several extension articles (including an article in Choices Magazine and FMR 1892), and serve as the basis for most of his extension presentations. He received the award April 3, 2018.

March 28, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed for a March 27th story in Wallaces Farmer about the results from the 2018 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey.

March 21, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, discussed by conference call the results of his study on the economics of cover crops (www.card.iastate.edu/conservation) with Sheldon R. Jones, Chief Operating Officer, the Soil Health Institute;

March 13, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, along with Fernando Miguez, associate professor of agronomy; Fangge Liu and Wendiam Sawadgo, graduate students in economics; Guillermo Marcillo, graduate student in agronomy; and Sarah Carlson, the strategic initiatives director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, found substantial variability in net returns, driven by the costs of planting and terminating cover crops, feed cost savings from grazing cover crops, cost-share program payments, and the difference in yields obtained in fields with and without cover crops.

March 05, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed by the Telegraph Herald newspaper in Dubuque, Iowa, about the potential effect of a NAFTA repeal.

February 20, 2018
 

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Chad HartAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, and Chad Hart, associate professor, had the article "Is ARC-CO Acting as a Safety Net Program? Evidence from Iowa" published in Choices.

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.

October 20, 2017
 

Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed for an article by George Silva in the MSU Extension newsletter about how cash rates should not be the sole factor in cropland rental decisions.

October 10, 2017
 

Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed Oct. 10, 2017 by the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network about his report on ARC and PLC payments in Iowa. Read the report.

October 02, 2017
 

Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor did several recent interviews:

August 15, 2017
 

Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, made the following presentations: 

“Economics of Cover Crops in Midwest Agriculture.” Invited presentation, Conservation Infrastructure Initiative, Cover Crops Working Group, West Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 4, 2017.

June 20, 2017
 

Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, discussed the farm financial situation with the Iowa AgSTATE Group based on his analysis of farm level data from the Iowa Farm Business Association June 16, 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
 

Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was elected Secretary of the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee during its Spring meeting at Kansas State University.

June 01, 2017
 

CARD decision toolThe decision tool “Iowa Cash Rents by Land Quality” on the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development's (CARD) website has been updated with 2017 data.

March 27, 2017
 

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Chad HartAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, made a presentation on farmland leasing trends to the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers – Iowa Chapter at their Spring Seminar, March 22, at the Quality Inn Conference Center in Ames, IA.

March 10, 2017
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, made a presentation on Thursday, March 2nd, to the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Credit Managers in Ankeny, IA about the outlook for the farm economy.

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 25, 2017
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, made a presentation Jan. 19th on “Managing Margins in 2017” at the 12th Farming for the Future Conference, organized by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. The meeting was held at the Quality Inn hotel in Ames with about 100 people attending.

November 18, 2016
 

Dr. William Edwards, and Charles Brown (ISUEO Farm Management Specialist), along with Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, developed and delivered the program.

October 26, 2016
 

Chad Hart, associate professor, Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, and Lee Schulz, assistant professor, will host two Ag Outlook meetings in Spencer and LeMars, IA on Nov. 9, 2016.

September 22, 2016
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, presented a detailed analysis of farm financial conditions using farm level data from the Iowa Farm Business Association during the Association’s Fall Workshop in Altoona, IA.

August 09, 2016
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed by Nancy Mayfield from The Eastern Iowa Farmer, Sycamore Media (Distributed to 3,000 farmers in Bellevue, DeWitt and Maquoketa, Iowa) about how to manage margins with low crop prices.

July 05, 2016
 

Dr. Georgeanne Artz, Dr. Alejandro PlastinaGeorgeanne Artz, and Alejandro Plastina, assistant professors, conducted two workshops last week in Heady Hall for 4-H’ers under the title “Farming for Fun and Profit,” with a total attendance of about 50 kids.

June 21, 2016
 

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, assistant professor, made two presentations June 12-14, 2016 at the National Farm Business Management Conference, Sioux Falls, SD:

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