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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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 8, 2017
Do you remember? - David W. Brown
Years at CARD: 1956

March 2, 2017
Presentation: Farm Financial Outlook
Alejandro Plastina
NACM Heartland - National Agriculture Retail. Credit Exchange Group. Ankeny, IA

February 17, 2017
Presentation: Insights for Improved Participation in the Delivery of Corn Stover to Cellulosic Ethanol Plants
Keri Jacobs
C-FARE and USDA OCE hosted discussion at the National Press Club, Washington, DC

February 16, 2017
CALS Sustainability Symposium registration is now open
April 13, 2017, Scheman Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

February 1, 2017
Presentation: Consolodation and Competition in Ag: Are These Game Changers
Keri Jacobs
Iowa Chapter of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers’ Annual Meeting

January 27, 2017
Do you remember? - Steven Sonka
Years at CARD: 1968–1975

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 Quality
David A. Keiser, Joseph K. Shapiro

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

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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

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

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Latest Media Contacts

Friday, March 10, 2017
“Trump Adviser’s Warning About Food Supply Takeover Met With Skepticism”
“The head of the president’s National Trade Council this week offered a decidedly bleak and suspicious view of global trade.”

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Secretary of Agriculture brings questions
Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture may bring a shift in ideology as leadership leaves the Midwest.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
USDA report lowers grain and feed export projections
The USDA agricultural trade report projects grain and feed exports to drop by $1 billion.

Friday, March 3, 2017
Insurance decisions driven by crop prices
Projected corn and soybean prices, which have both gone up, are used to determine guarantees for revenue coverage programs.

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