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 08, 2017

The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for a 2018 award presented in economics. NAS membership is not required to nominate candidates or to be considered for an award. Please help spread the word that the nomination process is underway!

August 07, 2017

Check out 2017-18 Department of Economics newsletters.

August 04, 2017

Broken NewtonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, and Liesl Eathington, assistant scientist, were interviewed by Jason Margolis for a story on Public Radio International about the plight of Midwestern towns like Newton, Iowa, who try to rebuild their economies after losing manufacturing jobs.

August 03, 2017

The 2017 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30-Aug. 1 resulted in honors bestowed upon several Economics Department alumni.

August 03, 2017

Implementation of Iowa State's new learning management system (LMS) is underway, with instructor access now available. In June, Canvas was chosen to replace the current Blackboard LMS. Blackboard still is available for use during the fall semester; Canvas will be fully implemented for spring courses.

August 02, 2017

AAEA outstanding club award 2017Nine department students traveled to the AAEA meetings in July in Chicago to participate in the undergraduate competitions.

August 02, 2017

David SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, was a guest on KASI Radio’s The Trent Rice Show, talking about business start-ups and how Iowa compares to the nation.

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 31, 2017

Kevin Kimle, David Krog, Chad Hart, Christian BoessenThe Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted a group of 25 farm and agricultural business professionals from Brazil from July 24 to 28 in its first Business Beyond Borders event.

July 27, 2017

Economics Faculty:

There will be five welcome and information centers located around campus during the primary student class hours on the first two days of classes.  Fruit and water will be available for distribution to students. 

Help welcome our new and returning students by volunteering for a shift from the list below.  Assignments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please list a first & second choice of date/time/location.

July 27, 2017

Dermot HayesDermot Hayes, professor, is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story on how the U.S. agriculture industry is unprepared for a foot and mouth disease outbreak.

July 27, 2017

Sonya HuffmanSonya Huffman, adjunct associate professor, recently gave the following paper presentations:

“Happiness and Diet in Russia” presented at the 2nd Business & Entrepreneurial Economics conference, May 24-26, 2017, Brijuni National Park, Republic of Croatia

July 26, 2017

The National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist (up to 20 years since completion of Ph.D.) who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. Areas of science with applications to agriculture include plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine and agricultural economics.
Nomination deadline: Oct. 2, 2017

July 25, 2017

Iowa State UniversityOn July 24, 2017, several members of the Economics Department faculty were quoted in a story by Jeff Charis-Carlson, Iowa City Press-Citizen, about a potential agreement between Iowa State and the Charles Koch Foundation to fu

July 25, 2017

David SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, spoke to several media reporters recently, including Steve Matthews, Bloomberg News, about Iowa’s rising labor force participation rate among persons 25 to 54. 

July 25, 2017

ISU Data Driven Science/Big Data Team,

Dr. Chaitan Baru, Senior Advisor for Data Science in the Computer and Information Science & Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be visiting the Iowa State University campus on Sep. 26, 2017. Click here to learn more about Dr. Baru.

July 25, 2017

Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) – Tipping Points
Letters of Intent deadline: Sep. 13, 2017
Invited Proposals deadline: Nov. 8, 2017
Anticipated Project duration: 36-60 months

More information

July 20, 2017

Loyd BrownAlumnus Loyd Brown ('69 ag business) was awarded the Distinguished D. Howard Doane Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers during the 2016 ASFMRA annual meeting in Indian Wells, California, Nov. 7-11, 2016.

July 20, 2017

2017 NIFA Partnership Awards

The Office of the VPR is accepting expressions of interest for the NIFA Partnership Awards program. Given the short turnaround for this program, interested faculty should contact Sue Shipitalo ( as soon as possible or by July 24, 2017, to express interest.

July 20, 2017

2018 Call for Applications 

The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants for funding in 2018 is now open.
Application submission deadline: Sep. 10, 2017
More information

July 20, 2017

David SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, made a presentation to the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors meeting on the economic conditions for the county.

July 19, 2017

Peter Orazem, Georgeanne ArtzPeter Orazem, professor, and Georgeanne Artz, assistant professor, were interviewed by Angela Hunt, ISU News Service, for a story about the necessity for businesses in small communities to have viable plans for succession.

July 18, 2017

Keri JacobsKeri Jacobs, assistant professor, was interviewed by the Farm Journal for their daily broadcast program that aired June 17 and 18.  The program was on consolidation of agricultural cooperatives.

July 17, 2017

The Board of Regents has approved a new phased retirement program. You can find additional information here: Below is a brief summary description.

The Board of Regents (BOR) approved a new phased retirement policy for the regents system to replace the one that ended on June 30, 2017. The replacement provides one- and two-year phased options.


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