Mary Kay Thatcher, ('79 an sci, ag bus) chief lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation and a veteran of seven farm bills, will be the featured speaker for the next University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Webinar.
Iowa State University is now a newly awarded National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps site (NSF I-Corps), a distinction shared by more than 70 universities in the U.S. that contribute to the National Innovation Network.
Neil Harl, emeritus professor, presented, "The Unintended Consequences of Repealing the Federal Estate Tax and Other Legislative Moves," at the Professional Advisor Continuing Education Conference, Aug. 30, 2017, in Ames, sponsored by the Iowa State University Foundation.
Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday signed a proclamation marking the week of September 24-30, 2017 as Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week, urging citizens to "appreciate and acknowledge the value agricultural entrepreneurs provides for our people, communities, and state as well as for the rest of the world."
Wallace Huffman, professor, received a Fulbright Specialist Grant for collaboration at the National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
Honors seminars are 1-2 credit courses, offered over a half or full term, which explore topics of current or special interest. They are graded Satisfactory/Fail, usually capped at 17 students, and enroll Honors students from any year or major. Many seminars are offered in the instructor’s area of expertise; others are interdisciplinary. A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development (e.g. professional subscriptions, membership fees, travel) of the instructor(s).
The Underwood Family Foundation of Ames has made a $1 million gift to support the agricultural business and agricultural entrepreneurship programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was recently interviewed by the following media:
KASI’s The Trent Rice Show about the new Apple data center in Waukee that was awarded over $213 million in local and state incentives.
The department has recently become an institutional member of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE) http://asheweb.net .
One benefit of this membership is that faculty, students or staff can join ASHE at no charge. The process for joining ASHE this way is in the Membership Tab, Join or Renew. This is the direct link http://asheweb.net/?page_id=982. The Institutional Member Associate button is at the bottom of the list of membership options.
Wallace Huffman, professor, recently had a paper published in International Review Environmental and Resource Economics:
Olaniyi Akinkunmi Eluwole, of Keffi, Nigeria, was named to the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, taking part in a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute, followed by a trip to the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, DC. In addition, Olaniyi earned a place in a select group remaining in the United States and participating in a six-week professional development experience here at Iowa State. He is meeting with organizations and people who are willing to build relationships, offer grants, and other opportunities to aid his work in Nigeria.
John Cullis, visiting professor, has joined the department this fall as a lecturer. Cullis hails from the University of Bath, where he has taught since 1974. His main areas of research have been in health economics and public sector economics.
Cullis will be teaching two sections each of Econ 101 and Econ 301.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed by Nick Capote, ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions, about the history and evolution of the meat packing industry in Iowa. This is part of a documentary series set to air on the National Geographic Channel.
The ISU Office of Student Conduct has developed brief (5-6 minute) informational videos to inform students and faculty/staff about the disciplinary policy and process around academic misconduct at Iowa State. Linked below, the student video discusses types of misconduct, the disciplinary process and outcomes, and other information they should know. The faculty video discusses commonly referred types of misconduct, steps for contacting students and documenting misconduct, the referral process, suggestions for discouraging misconduct, and consultation options.
Four graduate students were elected as officers for the Economics Graduate Student Association in March, 2017. Their terms will run through fall and spring semesters 2017-2018.
A new economic modeling study by GianCarlo Moschini, professor, that will soon be published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds that the Renewable Fuel Standard has substantially benefited the U.S.
In a welcome back to campus letter to the college, Dean Wintersteen urges faculty and staff to make this academic year an exceptional one for all students, founded on ISU’s Principles of Community.
The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University's study, "The Renewable Fuel Standard in Competitive Equilibrium: Market and Welfare Effects," concludes what farmers across the Corn Belt already knew: RFS biofuels mandates have provided price support for both corn and soybeans.
Three new faculty members joined the department on August 16, 2017.
The George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award
Purpose of the Award: To honor undergraduate students showing evidence of traits embodied by Dr. Carver, including creativity, courage, dedication, etc., whose early lives and achievements in their educational development inspire and motivate other young people/students.
According to David Swenson, associate scientist, in a recent In These Times article on wind farms: “...non-landowning folks in the region of wind farm projects don’t wind up seeing a whole lot of that money.
An already bad situation will no doubt get worse, according to Dr. Stephen Devadoss (Ph.D. '85 economics) of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University University.
Wallace Huffman, professor, presented the following papers this summer:
W.E. Huffman and J. McFadden.“Consumers’ Acceptance of Food Safety Achieved using Biotechnology: Evidence from New Potato Products.” Presented at the American Association of Wine Economists Meeting, Padova, Italy, July 1-3, 2017.
Alejandro 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.