Leadership in Economic Analysis to Improve Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Policy

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development was founded at Iowa State University in 1958 to address problems, especially unintended consequences, in agricultural policy. Founding director Earl Heady brought quantitative analysis to the study of agricultural policy at CARD, a scientific approach for measuring different policy options.

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January 21, 2017
Presentation: Managing Margins in 2017
Alejandro Plastina
12th Farming for the Future Conference, Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, Qualtiy Inn Hotel, Ames, IA.

January 20, 2017
Land Quality Perceptions in Expert Opinion Surveys: Evidence from Iowa
Wendong Zhang, Michael D. Duffy

January 19, 2017
Heterogeneous Preferences for Water Quality Attributes: A Discrete Choice Experiment of Lake Erie Recreational Anglers
Wendong Zhang, Brent Sohngen

January 18, 2017
Intellectual Property Rights and the Ascent of Proprietary Innovation in Agriculture
Matthew S. Clancy, GianCarlo Moschini

January 12, 2017
Consequences of the Clean Water Act and the Demand for Water Quaity
David A. Keiser, Joseph K. Shapiro

January 9, 2017
NASEM committee recommends WIC changes (news brief)

January 5, 2017
Presentation: Agricultural Land Management and Downstream Water Quality: Insights from Lake Erie
Wendong Zhang
2017 Crop Advantage Series, Okoboji and Davenport, Iowa

January 4, 2017
Do you remember? - Chris Azevedo
Years at CARD: 2000–2003

January 4, 2017
Presentation: What’s Going On in China: Corn, GMO, Crop Insurance, and High-Speed Rails
Wendong Zhang
2017 Crop Advantage Series, Sheldon and Okoboji, Iowa

December 19, 2016
Impact on Merchant Refiners and Blenders from Changing the RFS Point of Obligation
Bruce A. Babcock, Gabriel E. Lade, Sebastien Pouliot

December 15, 2016
Fuel Subsidy Pass-Through and Market Structure: Evidence from the Renewable Fuel Standard
Gabriel E. Lade, James Bushnell

December 13, 2016
Farmland Values Show Historic Third Year of Decline (news release)

December 13, 2016
Presentation: 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey - Results and Outlook
Wendong Zhang
ISU Alumni Center, Ames, Iowa

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November 18, 2016
Do you remember? - Mindy Mallory
Years at CARD: 2006–2009

November 15, 2016
ISU Land Value Survey News Conference to be held December 13 (news release)

November 8, 2016
Presentation: What are financially successful farms doing differently?
Alejandro Plastina
Presented at the Pro-Ag Meetings, Spencer and Le Mars, Iowa.

November 2, 2016
New Agricultural Policy Review: Fall 2016
- Succession Planning, Perceived Obstacles, and Attractions for Future Generations Entering Beef Cattle Production
- Fuel Price Impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard
- Forward Contracting by Iowa Corn Producers: Connecting Hedging with Price Movements
- Of Maize and Markets: China’s New Corn Policy
- For Ag, It’s Mostly Good News on the Demand Front

October 31, 2016
Presentation: Report to the ISU Farm Financial Stress Task Force
Alejandro Plastina
Urbandale, Iowa

October 28, 2016
Zhang to administer 2016 land value survey (news brief)

October 27, 2016
Presentation: Returns of Investment in Farmland v.s. S&P 500
Wendong Zhang
2016 Agri-Investor Forum, Chicago, IL

October 21, 2016
Carriquiry named to National Academy of Medicine (news brief)

October 21, 2016
Iowa State University professors named to environmental protection agency scientific advisory committee (news brief)

October 21, 2016
Economic Effects of Standard-Like Nontariff Measures: Analytical and Methodological Dimensions
John C. Beghin, Bo Xiong

October 18, 2016
Study shows whole grains lead to wholesale changes in WIC (news brief)

October 4, 2016
Presentation: Golden Era and Farm Crisis: Are We Seeing a Replay of the 1920s and 1980s Farm Crisis
Wendong Zhang
National Agricultural Credit Committee/NC-1177 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

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Latest Media Contacts

Monday, January 9, 2017
Hayes on TPP and NAFTA
ISU professor of economics Dermot Hayes talks about the impact of TPP, NAFTA, and free trade on US agriculture.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Grain markets expected to be more of same in 2017
ISU economist Chad Hart says supplies need to slow down to let demand catch up.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Meat production increasing, demand remains strong
Schulz says he expects 2017 to bring both strong domestic and export demand.

Friday, December 30, 2016
Commodity prices could challenge farmers
Commodity prices could present challenges to farmers in 2017 after three years of lower farm income.

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