Results 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.
Leigh Tesfatsion, emeritus professor, has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Senior Member is the highest grade of the IEEE for which a member may apply.
The CALS Student Council will present the 2018 Senior Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture Award to Kayleigh Koch, ag bus senior from Hawkeye, Iowa. The graduating senior who served as CALS Ambassador, will be recognized for her efforts in recruitment and other support for the college.
Heady Hall will be considered locked but occupied during the period Dec. 24, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019.
Dermot Hayes, professor, was quoted in several media outlets this week:
Chad Hart, associate professor, had interviews with multiple media outlets this week:
John V. Winters, associate professor, was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize in Economics 2018 Runner-Up for his article titled The Puzzling Pattern of Multiple Job Holdings across U.S. Labor Markets. Southern Economic Journal 84(1): 26-51. Winters coauthored the paper with Barry Hirsch and Muhammad Husain.
On Dec. 3, 2018, Jeri Prescott presented the James R. Prescott Scholarship in Economics to graduate students at a reception in Heady Hall. See the photos.
Research Staff (2 or 3 positions)
Application deadline: Jan. 4, 2019
Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, was interviewed on RFD-TV about the Cover Crops Net Returns Calculator.
David Swenson, associate scientist, has been interviewed by several media outlets this week:
Ag Business was well represented Nov. 28 at the CALS Student Council's last meeting of the year. Council members elected officers for 2019, including Ag Bus junior Megan Zwiefel, who was elected vice president, and Ag Bus sophomore Elizabeth Smith, who was voted the new treasurer.
Ag Bus senior Gary Wynne was elected to the Cardinal Court for Iowa State's 2018 Homecoming. He and the rest of the selected Homecoming Royalty were announced at the Homecoming Pep Rally Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
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2019 Grant Opportunity
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth supports social science research investigating whether and how inequality affects economic growth. We are currently requesting proposals in the areas of macroeconomic policy, market structure, human capital, and the labor market. The full request and more information on our grantmaking can be found on our website (https://equitablegrowth.org/engage/apply-for-a-grant/).
The department's annual holiday celebration was held from noon to 2 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in 368A Heady.
Plenty of tasty food catered by HyVee welcomed faculty, staff, graduate students and retired faculty, and a merry time was had by all.
David Swenson, associate scientist, had several recent media contacts:
Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, has had a new peer-reviewed article published in Cover Crops with funding from NCR-SARE and CARD:
Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy, associate professor, presented the paper "Causal Effects of Mental Health Conditions on Food Insecurity and the Role of SNAP" at the Missouri Valley Economic Association's annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 1-3, 2018.