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May 22, 2018

The Economics administrative offices (and all university offices) will be closed on Monday, May 28, to observe the Memorial Day holiday.

May 22, 2018

Clayton MooneyClayton Mooney, program coordinator, Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative, and his startup company KinoSol, were the topic of an Iowa State University News Service story on the success of CYstarters, Iowa State's startup accelerator that he

May 21, 2018

Dr. Keri JacobsKeri Jacobs, assistant professor, gave an invited talk at a joint seminar of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan on Friday, May 11. 

May 21, 2018

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was elected to Chair Elect of the the Agricultural Finance & Management section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in May.

May 17, 2018

Dr. Dermot HayesDermot Hayes, professor, was interviewed in a May 17th Wall Street Journal article about how the White House is likely to fall well short of a plan to slash the U.S. trade deficit with China by half, in large part because American farms and factories will find it hard to produce enough exports to meet that goal, trade experts say.

May 17, 2018

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a story in Successful Farming at Agiculture.com about the recent survey results from the 91st Annual Soil Management Land Valuation Conference May 16 in Ames, Iowa.

May 17, 2018

Dr. Joshua RosenbloomJoshua Rosenbloom, professor and department chair, attended the National Center for Women & Information Technology summit May 15-17 in Grapevine, Texas, as a member of their Social Science Advisory Board

May 17, 2018

David SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, had several recent media interviews:

Kim Norvell, Des Moines Register, about about child care costs as a business deduction in lieu of a recent ruling that let a candidate for federal office use campaign funds to pay child care.

May 17, 2018

Spring 2018 Ag Policy ReviewThe Spring 2018 edition of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development's (CARD) Agricultural Policy Review is now available.

Visit CARD's website.

May 15, 2018

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaNewly published research by Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor, examines converting underperforming areas in Iowa crop fields to switchgrass, which could help farmers decrease costs while potentially providing an economic benefit from a future bioenergy crop market.

May 15, 2018

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for an Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman story on the China soybean tariff.

May 15, 2018

Dr. Keri JacobsKeri Jacobs, assistant professor, was featured in the latest ANR Extension Staff Spotlight.

May 09, 2018

Dr. Herman QuirmbachHerman Quirmbach, associate professor, was quoted in a May 8th The Washington Post Wonkblog about the $2.2 million tax cut Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to sign into law. 

May 09, 2018

NACTA 2018Callen Duffy, Kendall Davis, Grant Johnson, Connor Bollum, and Marta Grant attended the 2018 NACTA Judging conference to represent Iowa State University, the Department of Economics, and the Agricultural Business Club as professionals in the Agribusiness Contest.

May 08, 2018

The Economics Department main offices (260 and 266 Heady Hall) and the advising office (174 Heady) will participate in summer work hours, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, from Monday, May 7 through Friday, August 10.

May 08, 2018

Because of the Special Olympics, Lot 50A (west side of Forker Building) will be closed to General Staff parking Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18 (all day).

Only ISU Reserved Permit Holders and Developmental participants with disabled parking permits will be allowed.

May 08, 2018

Liesl EathingtonLiesl Eathington, assistant scientist, was interviewed by Ty Rushing for a story in the May 5th Sioux City Journal on the effect of retail business from the closing of the Southern Hills Mall Younkers store.

May 08, 2018

David Swenson, associate scientist, was a panelist on a taping of Ethical Perspectives in the News for KCRG in Cedar Rapids on the potential impact of U.S./China trade disagreements on the Iowa economy. The program aired May 6, 2018.

May 03, 2018

Chenzi Lv, Seungki Lee, (front, l to r) Alfred Nunoo Arthur, and Sicheng He.Brent Kreider, professor, awarded four graduate student teaching assistants the 2018 Iowa State Teaching Excellence Award on April 30.

May 02, 2018

Dr. Gary LynGary Lyn, assistant professor, was invited to participate at the New Faces in International Economics Conference at the Pennsylvania State University April 29-30, 2018.

May 01, 2018

Dr. Chad HartChad Hart, associate professor, was interviewed for a story by Amy Mayer, "Crop Insurance Is Different From Car Insurance, And Keeps Some Farms In Business," on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa April 24. 

“It sort of violates one of the harder rules about insurance,” Hart says, “because for the private companies to handle the insurance you need to have that spreadable risk.”

May 01, 2018

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) (formerly the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative, or ELI) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.

May 01, 2018

Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Wendong ZhangAlejandro Plastina and Wendong Zhang, assistant professors, answered reader questions on pasture rental and field tiling April 30 as part of the Timely Tips panel in Wallaces Farmer magazine.

"Having an estimate in writing of all the work that will be done to fix the fence is a good first step. A second step would involve putting a value to the pasture. Typically, a negotiation would follow, and a written contract should be signed," advised Plastina.

"Many producers are experiencing financial challenges, especially regarding working capital. So you may want to consider the impacts of pattern-tiling all your fields on your working capital, and that may suggest you want to prioritize on the most needed fields or even subfields." said Zhang. 

May 01, 2018

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaThe first of a series of articles on cover crop economics has been published today on Cambridge Core in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems as an open access article (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170518000194):

May 01, 2018

From:  Ruth MacDonald

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences encourages PIs to engage grant consultants who are under contract with ISU to assist in preparing large and complex grant applications. PIs can request CALS funding to support a grant consultant using the attached form.

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