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June 11, 2021

We have updated the faculty travel policy and miscellaneous funds policy for FY2022. You may find these and other policies for the department in Cybox here: https://iastate.box.com/s/bgryv1s82v99itn1qb7n7wo7g2enqegn. Please review these policies carefully, especially as they relate to seeking prior approval for department travel funds, as well as the process for obtaining reimbursement for expenses. 

June 11, 2021

Lee SchulzAn article by Lee Schulz, associate professor, is the lead article and Editor’s Choice in issue 3 (July 2021) of the European Review of Agricultural Economics:  “The market for traceability with applications to U.S. feeder cattle” by James Mitchell, Glynn Tonsor, and Lee Schulz. 

June 02, 2021

Anni Isojaervi ('20 PhD econ), Meenakshi Shekhar, Ganna Prykhodko, and Levi Soborowicz.Congratulations to the four department graduate students who have been awarded the Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for the 2020-2021 academic year! The winners are (photo, l to r) Anni Isojaervi, Ganna Prykhodko, Meenakshi Shekhar, and Levi Soborowicz

June 02, 2021

As you begin to consider travel again, below are links that will help facilitate travel through our ISD/PES. 

June 01, 2021

Wendong Zhang, Alejandro Plastina, Lee SchulzIn May 2021 Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was the latest Iowa State University extension economist to bring home the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's prestigious Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award: Less than 10 years’ experience.

June 01, 2021

Nieyan ChengNieyan Cheng, a 4th year PhD student, is selected as one of the ten national finalists for the 2021 AAEA Extension Graduate Student Competition. 

June 01, 2021

Dr. Wendong ZhangA paper coathored by Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, “Farmers under Threat: Implications for Attitudes toward China and Perceived Risks from the Trade Dispute,“ won a Top Paper Award from the Intergroup Communication Interest Group (ICIG) at ICA2020: Gold Coast.

June 01, 2021

Registration is now open for #TeachECONference2021, the second annual virtual conference on economics education organised by UCL CTaLE and Cornell University!

TeachECONference2021 is a 3-day live event and a separate asynchronous session that will be available in June. After each day’s panels and presentations, conference participants can wind down in our sponsored Networking Mixers. Each Mixer will include short introductions and demos from our sponsors, some fun, interactive games, and plenty of time to mingle, catch up with old friends, and make new friends.

June 01, 2021

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, associate professor, was quoted in a May 27 KMCH story, "Survey Shows Iowa Land Rents up Significantly in 2021."

May 26, 2021

Faculty:

A student working for CyBIZ Lab reached out to the department.

Their team is conducting research on behalf of the Rod and Connie French Conservation Camp, a field site managed by Iowa State in Montana, and is gathering data around faculty interest in the camp. They believe there is potential for the camp to host courses and students from the Department of Economics. 

May 26, 2021

Patricia DoakPatricia Doak, of Columbia, Missouri, and wife of the late Paul Doak, emeritus professor, passed away on May 19, 2021 at the University Hospital and Clinics.

May 26, 2021

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaA 2018 CARD study, "Annual Net Returns to Cover Crops in Iowa," by Alejandro Plastina, associate professor, was cited in a May 25 story on thecitypages.com, "Cover crops are good for the environment; but are they profitable too?"

May 26, 2021

Dr. Dermot HayesDermot Hayes, professor, was cited in a May 25 AgWeb story, "Misguided Ruling Could Upend the Lives of Many Hog Farmers, Sorenson Says."

May 24, 2021

T.W. SchultzThe University of Chicago Booth School of Business published a May 23 story, "Iowa's "Butter-Margarine War": T. W. Schultz’s Fight for Academic Freedom" about a notable chapter in the Department of Economics history. 

May 24, 2021

Dr. Peter OrazemPeter Orazem, university professor, was a guest on the May 21 Iowa Public Radio program River to River.

May 21, 2021

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, has been selected to receive the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's prestigious Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award: Less than 10 years experience. 

May 21, 2021

Employees working mostly from off-campus locations who were making plans to return to their university offices in August now have an earlier deadline. Repealing the board's March 2020 "state of emergency" declaration for the three regent campuses May 20, state Board of Regents president Michael Richards also directed regent employees to return to their campus workspaces by July 1.

May 19, 2021

Wendong ZhangThe Soil Management Land Valuation virtual conference was held today, May 19. This is the 93rd annual conference and the longest running conference at Iowa State.

May 19, 2021

Liesl EathingtonLiesl Eathington, research scientist, was quoted in a May 19 Des Moines Register story, "COVID-19, 'baby bust,' demographic changes: Iowa may soon see fewer births than deaths."

May 18, 2021

David SwensonDavid Swenson, research scientist, was interviewed for a May 18 Maquoketa Sentinel-Press story, "Economist: Labor force shortage 'alarming.'

May 17, 2021

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaFarm Foundation announced Alejandro Plastina, associate professor/extension economist at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development in the Department of Economics, as its first Agricultural Economics Fellow.

May 17, 2021

Wendiam Sawadgo, Wendong Zhang, Alejandro PlastinaWendiam Sawadgo ('20 PhD ag econ), in collaboration with Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, and Alejandro Plastina, associate professor, published a new open access article, "What drives landowners’ conservation decisions? Evidence from Iowa" in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.

May 16, 2021

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, gave a virtual seminar, "The Impact of China’s Place-based Environmental Regulations on its Hog Industry: A Synthetic Difference-in-differences Approach," at Jinan University in China Monday, May 17.

May 12, 2021

David SwensonDavid Swenson, research scientist, was interviewed for a May 11 Quad-City Times story, "Column: Reynolds pushes Iowans back."

May 11, 2021

Dr. Peter Orazem Peter Orazem, university professor, was interviewed for a May 10 Des Moines Register story, "Everybody wants a John Deere tractor. But not everybody wants a John Deere job. Why?"

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