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Associate Professor Bobby Martens was interviewed by Iowa State News Service for the article "ISU students get in-person look at in-flux soybean supply chains," which focuses on a group of Iowa State students that recently spent a week studying soybean supply chains in person
Associate Professor Lee Schulz was interviewed by WQAD for the story "Economist: 2023 'would go down as the worst year for pork producers ever' in Iowa." The article examines US hog producer's returns in 2023.
Professor Chad Hart spoke with Kansas Public Radio for the story "Ag groups and lawmakers warn of a monopoly in the fertilizer industry with one plant's sale," which details how the sale of OCI’s Iowa Fertilizer Company could impact the industry.
Associate Professor Lee Schulz was interviewed by The Des Moines Register for the article "Iowa pork producers' losses worst in 25 years amid high costs and declining demand," which focuses on US pork producers' returns for 2023.
Professor Chad Hart was interviewed by Bloomberg for the story "US Chicken Prices to Fall at Last Thanks to Green Fuel Boom."
Associate Professor Lee Schulz spoke with Swineweb for the article "Challenges Persist for Hog Industry in 2024 Despite Potential Improvements." The article examines what the coming year may bring for US hog producers, after 2023 proved a challenging year.
A group of MS AgEcon and senior agbusiness students went on a “Soybean Study-USA Trip: Cooperatives and Soybeans” journey in mid-December. Together with Darin Wohlgemuth, Amani Elobied and Bobby Martens, they followed soybeans from the farm gate in Eagle Grove, IA, through crush facilities, a biodiesel plant, and to ports in Washington state.
Associate Professor Lee Schulz spoke with Iowa Farmer Today for the story "Livestock Outlook: Livestock markets face mixed demand," which examines the multitude of factors that will affect livestock markets in 2024.
Associate Professor Lee Schulz was interviewed by Farm Journal for the story "USDA Hogs and Pigs Report: Is This a Defining Moment for the Pork Industry?" The article examines the implications of the December USDA Hogs and Pigs report.
Professor Chad Hart was interviewed by Western Iowa Today for the story "Iowa State Economist Sees Land Values Pulling Back in 2024," which focuses on the slow down in land value growth shown in the 2023 Iowa Land Value Survey.
Professor Chad Hart spoke with Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network for the article "Less optimistic 2024 ag economy outlook still contains silver linings," which examines the outlook for the US ag economy in 2024.
Professor Chad Hart was interviewed by ETF Trends for the article "Demand for Biofuels Could Boost Soybean Prices in 2024," which examines how the biofuels market could affect commodity prices in the near future.
Associate Professor Lee Schulz was interviewed by Quartz for the story "US pork producers in 2023 are looking at their least profitable year on record."
Professor Chad Hart was interviewed by Iowa Farmer Today for the story "U.S. ag export demand an evolving puzzle," which examines the volatile nature of US agricultural export demand. Hart said that “About every 5 to 10 years we get a changing of the guard for who the driver of growth is. In the last 10 to 15 years, China has been the one driving growth, but in the ’90s, a lot was driven by NAFTA with Canada and Mexico. We’ve done a lot with Japan and Europe as well.”
The Department of Economics Outstanding Alumni Award (Distinguished Service to Private Enterprise) was awarded to Duane Harris, who graduated from Iowa State with his MS in 1968, and the Department of Economics Outstanding Alumni Award was awarded to Bobby Richey, Jr., who graduated with his MS in Economics in 1986.