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.

What’s New?

August 10, 2016
Assessing Food Security in Ethiopia with USDA ERS’s New Food Security Modeling Approach
Karen Thome, Birgit Meade, Stacey Rosen, John C. Beghin

July 19, 2016
The Optimality of Using Marginal Land for Bioenergy Crops: Tradeoffs between Food, Fuel, and Environmental Services
Adriana M. Valcu-Lisman, Catherine L. Kling and Philip W. Gassman

June 24, 2016
Do you remember? - Mike Helmar
Years at CARD: 1984–1996

June 21, 2016
New Agricultural Policy Review: Spring 2016
- The Yield Response to Nitrogen: Subjective Belief Bias in Nitrogen Management
- Crude Oil Prices and US Crop Exports: Exploring the Secondary Links between the Energy and Ag Markets
- Reducing Antibiotic Use in Animal Production Systems
- Research Needs and Challenges in the Food, Energy and Water System: Findings from an NSF Funded Workshop

June 10, 2016
CARD researchers to join EPA study (news brief)

June 8, 2016
TTIP and Agricultural Trade: The Case of Tariff Elimination and Pesticide Policy Cooperation
Bo Xiong, John C. Beghin

May 25, 2016
Gonzalez-Ramirez delivers Loras College commencement speech (news brief)

May 20, 2016
89th annual Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference a success (news brief)

May 20, 2016
Policy Shocks and Market-Based Regulations: Evidence from the Renewable Fuel Standard
Gabriel E. Lade, C.Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, Aaron Smith

May 19, 2016
Darnell Smith, former managing director of FAPRI, passes away

May 18, 2016
New Ag Risk Tool: Cash Rental Rates for Iowa

May 4, 2016
Kling named to President’s Chair in Environmental Economics (news brief)

April 25, 2016
Kling to sign NAS Registry of Membership April 30 (news brief)

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April 19, 2016
Do you remember? - Silvia Secchi
Years at CARD: 1996–2008

April 15, 2016
Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference registration open (news brief)

April 12, 2016
CARD study examines Iowa water quality initiative (news brief)

April 7, 2016
Presentation: Research Needs and Challenges in the Food, Energy and Water System: Agriculture in the Cornbelt
Catherine L. Kling
Presented at the Fate of the Earth Symposium 2016

April 1, 2016
CARD announces two PhD Dissertation Award winners (news brief)

March 30, 2016
Cui, J., Lapan, H. and Moschini, G., “Productivity, Export, and Environmental Performance: Air Pollutants in the United States”
American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(2), March 2016, 447-467.

March 29, 2016
ARC/PLC Payments per Base Acre in Iowa
This decision tool provides a simple and intuitive way to compare annual ARC-CO and PLC payments for corn and soybean base acres across counties in Iowa.

March 25, 2016
Do you remember? - Steve Elmore
Years at CARD: 1995–1998

March 16, 2016
Role of Ethanol Plants in Dakotas Land Use Change: Incorporating Flexible Trends in the Difference-in-Difference Framework with Remotely-Sensed Data
Gaurav Arora, Peter T. Wolter, Hongli Feng, David A. Hennessy

March 14, 2016
Research Needs and Challenges in the FEW System: Coupling Economic Models with Agronomic, Hydrologic, and Bioenergy Models for Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems
Catherine L. Kling, Raymond W. Arritt, Gray Calhoun, David A. Keiser, et al.

March 8, 2016
Economic Evaluation of Governor Branstad’s Water Quality Initiative
Dermot J. Hayes, Catherine L. Kling, John D. Lawrence

March 8, 2016
Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Benefits from Conservation Practices Targeted in Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2013: A Non Market Valuation Approach
Mainul Hoque, Catherine L. Kling

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Iowa farmers look for diversity
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