The Economics administrative offices (and all university offices) will be closed on Monday, May 28, to observe the Memorial Day holiday.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was elected to Chair Elect of the the Agricultural Finance & Management section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in May.
Dermot 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.
Wendong 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.
Joshua 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
David 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.
Newly 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.
Callen 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.
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.
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.
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.
Brent Kreider, professor, awarded four graduate student teaching assistants the 2018 Iowa State Teaching Excellence Award on April 30.
Chad 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.”
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.
"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.
The 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):
From: Ruth MacDonald
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