For travel expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2017, the default rate will be 26.75 cents/mile, a decrease from 27 cents/mile. The default mileage reimbursement rate is calculated at 50% of the full IRS rate and is applicable for trips of more than 100 miles if the traveler chooses to use a personal vehicle when a vehicle is available from Transportation Services.
The 2017 full IRS rate is decreasing to 53.5 cents/mile, from the current 2016 rate of 54 cents/mile.
Neil E. Harl, emeritus professor, was quoted in the lead paragraphs of London Financial Times, "Republicans Seek to Put Estate Tax Out to Pasture," Dec. 29, 2016.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was a guest on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press program on December 30th. Swenson discussed the economic outlook for 2017.
Sean Fox (Ph.D. ag bus '94) has been named the next head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Department faculty and staff:
As many of you know, the university is reviewing our needs with respect to learning management systems and will be soliciting feedback from users before selecting a new system. If anyone wishes to follow this process or has feedback and advice to contribute, please visit https://www.lms.iastate.edu.
Neil E. Harl, emeritus professor, was interviewed on December 16 by Barney Jopson with the Financial Times, Washington, D.C. on consequences of a repeal of the Federal Estate Tax.
David Swenson, associate scientist, taped a segment with Andy Peterson, WMT Radio, about consumer sentiment and holiday shopping prospects this year.
The Economics administrative office hours for 260-266 and 174 Heady Hall will be:
Dec. 19-22, 7:30-4
Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2017, CLOSED
Jan. 3-6, 7:30-4
The Fall 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference Webcast is now available on YouTube, and may be accessed here.
Topics include: Types of NSF Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation, Award Management, the Merit Review Process, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, and more.
The U.S. Treasury informed ISU Community Vitality Center Director, Mark Edelman that Iowa Community Capital has met the requirements for certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
A buckeye tree donated in memory of ag bus alumnus Ryan Hrubes (2010) by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences was planted near Curtiss Hall in October.
A revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration has been issued. These FAQs accompany the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1), and are effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made on or after, Jan. 30, 2017.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed by Maddy Arnold, Cedar Rapids Gazette, about Coralville’s high tax increment finance usage.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, hosted a press conference on Dec. 13, 2016, on the results of the 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey, which showed a 5.9% decline in per acre value since November, 2015. Land values have declined 17.5% since a historic high in 2013.
Sébastien Pouliot, associate professor, will give an Agricultural Economics Workshop at the library at the University of California, Davis on Jan. 26. 2017, from 4:10 to 5:30 pm. The title of his lecture will be, "Estimating Willingness to Pay for E85 in the United States."
The Office of the Vice President for Research, in coordination with the Graduate College, offers a one-credit course each semester for graduate students who need to (or want to) complete training in the responsible conduct of research. Not only does this course satisfy both NSF, USDA-NIFA, and NIH training requirements for grants that students may be working on, but it also provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding various topics.
Wallace Huffman, professor, talked with Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News about current prospects for mechanical versus immigrant labor harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables.
David Swenson, associate scientist, spoke with Patrick McGroarty, Wall Street Journal reporter, about the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and the potential consequences for farmers and Iowa’s rural economy.
Spaces are still available for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession's 5th Annual Mentoring Breakfasts for Junior Faculty to be held at the 2017 AEA/ASSA Meetings in Chicago.
Economics seniors Taylor Finn (on left in photo) and Olivia Reicks participated in the Fall Honors Poster Presentation at the Great Hall, Memorial Union on Nov. 30.
John Beghin, professor and Marlin Cole Professor in international agricultural economics, has submitted his formal resignation effective Dec. 31, 2016. He has accepted the department head position at North Carolina State University.
David Swenson, associate scientist, gave a presentation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago conference on The Downturn in Agriculture: Implications for the Midwest and the Future of Farming on Nov. 29, 2016.
You are invited to celebrate the joys of the holidays at the Department of Economics Holiday Party on Tues., December 6th.
The festivities will take place in 368A Heady, starting at noon and lasting until 2:00 p.m. Come one, come all!
The following classrooms have been scheduled to be used as study rooms during Dead Week, Dec. 5-9, from 5:10 -11 p.m. These classrooms are for studying during that week only, on a drop-in basis. Most of the rooms will hold 30+. There is a total of 10 classrooms:
- Black 1028
- Black 1034
- Carver 0002
- Carver 0202
- Food Sc 2311
- Food Sc 2319
- Heady 0160
- Heady 0162
- Town 0250
- Town 0270