Zhang hosts 90th Soil Management conference

May 24, 2017

Wendong ZhangThe 90th annual Soil Management and Land Value Conference was held Wednesday, May 17 at the Scheman Building, and is sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach. The conference is designed for anyone who has an interest in agriculture land, land management, and land valuation. This is the longest running conference at ISU in both research and extension.

“As a new faculty member, I am very humbled and honored to carry on the torch to host the 90th Soil Management and Land Value Conference, the longest running conference at ISU, “said Wendong Zhang, assistant professor of economics and chair of the conference planning committee. “This, to me, is an excellent example of the public-private partnership between ISU and the agriculture industry started 90 years ago!”

Jim FrevertThis year, the Soil Management and Land Value Conference looked at several current issues in rural property management, appraisal and sale/purchase.

Dave Swenson speaks at Soil Conference.“As a professional farm manager, rural appraiser and farm broker for 48 years with Hertz Farm Management, I attended most of the Soil Management and Land Valuation conferences during my career,” said Loyd Brown, long-time conference attendee. “The conference topics were always current, pertinent, helpful and delivered by excellent speakers. The meetings also provided opportunity to network with other farm managers, appraisers, realtors, ag finance professionals and others throughout Iowa. Hopefully, the conference will continue another 90 years and beyond!”