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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August 14, 2017
CARD ag tour provides up-close view of farming (news brief)

August 4, 2017
Presentation: Partial budgets for cover crops in Midwest row crop farming
Alejandro Plastina
Conservation Infrastructure (CI) - Cover Crops Working Group, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation - West Des Moines, IA

August 1, 2017
Presentation: Iowa Farm Financial Conditions
Alejandro Plastina
2017 AAEA Extension Track Session on Financial Conditions of Midwestern Farms. Chicago, IL.

July 20, 2017
Do you remember? - Edward Yu
Years at CARD: 2005–2008

June 27, 2017
Lence, Hayes article awarded (news brief)

June 16, 2017
New Agricultural Policy Review: Spring 2017
- US Export Beef Competitiveness: Do Cattle Inventories Matter?
- Ag Trade and Trade Agreements
- Cover Crop Adoption Decisions in Iowa: Insights from an In-Person Survey
- Redistribution or Public Good: Which Direction for the New Farm Bill?
- Four Reasons Why We Aren’t Likely to See a Replay of the 1980’s Farm Crisis

June 9, 2017
USDA publishes leafy greens report (news brief)

June 2, 2017
Jensen named to National Academies Committee Science Breakthroughs 2030 (news release)

June 2, 2017
The Renewable Fuel Standard in Competitive Equilibrium: Market and Welfare Effects
GianCarlo Moschini, Harvey E. Lapan, Hyunseok Kim

June 1, 2017
The decision tool “Iowa Cash Rents by Land Quality” has been updated with data from the latest ISU Cash Rental Rates Survey

May 31, 2017
Artz, Jacobs, Boessen publication receives award (news brief)

May 24, 2017
Analysis of Grain Basis Behavior During Transportation Disruptions and Development of Weekly Grain Basis Indicators for the USDA Grain Transportation Report
Chad E. Hart, Frayne Olson

May 16, 2017
Soil Management and Land Value Conference Celebrates 90th Anniversary (news release)

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May 5, 2017
Kling gives graduate college commencement speech (news brief)

April 21, 2017
Ramírez wins CARD PhD Dissertation Award (news brief)

April 17, 2017
CARD hosts sustainability symposium (news brief)

April 12, 2017
Hayes named Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor (news brief)

April 6, 2017
Iowa State Ag Econ/Policy ranks #3 worldwide (news brief)

April 5, 2017
Presentation: Governance Basics and Leadership Roles
Keri Jacobs
Wester Iowa Dairy Alliance, Sheldon, Iowa

April 3, 2017
New Agricultural Policy Review: Winter 2017
- Past and Future of Farm Bill Payments
- Motorists’ Willingness to Pay for E85 versus E10
- International Trade Has Been Major Source for Strengthening Prices
- Hospital Closure and Hospital Choice: How Hospital Quality and Availability will Affect Rural Residents

March 30, 2017
Presentation: Cooperative Challenges and Pressure on Leadership
Keri Jacobs
Master of Agribusiness Program, Cooperative Symposium, Texas A&M University

March 28, 2017
The effectiveness of incomplete and overlapping pollution regulation: Evidence from bans on phosphate in automatic dishwasher detergent
Alex Cohen, David A. Keiser

March 24, 2017
Presentation: Farmland Leasing Trends
Alejandro Plastina
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraiser – Iowa Chapter. Spring Seminar. March 22. Ames, IA.

March 20, 2017
Presentation: Co-op 101: Does the Co-op Model Fit Your Needs?
Keri Jacobs
Iowa Farmer's Union Webinar

March 9, 2017
Presentation: Co-op Finance and Equity Basics: Generating Value
Keri Jacobs
Mid Iowa Cooperative Leadership Team Workshop, Conrad, Iowa

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Latest Media Contacts

Saturday, September 16, 2017
“Highway expansion links farmers to regional markets”
An expansion of Highway 30 outside of Tama will help link farmers to regional markets.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Farmland value increase may not be permanent
Experts say the increase may be propped up by a lack of land for sale.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Farmland scarcity may be driving price increase
Farmland values came up this year after declining the last several years, but that may be due only to lack of available farmland.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
“Trump, farmers need more free trade agreements, not fewer”
Last year, US exports topped $2.2 trillion, pushed along by 14 free trade deals with 20 countries.

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