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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December 12, 2018
Commodity Prices and Higher Interest Rates Drive Modest Farmland Value Loss (news release)

December 11, 2018
2018 IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY LAND VALUE SURVEY: OVERVIEW
Wendong Zhang

December 5, 2018
ISU Land Value Survey News Conference to be held December 12 (news brief)

December 4, 2018
Presentation: Farm Safety Net
Alejandro Plastina
Invited Presentation to the 76th Annual Professional Agriculture Workers Conference organized by Tuskegee University. Opelika, Alabama.

November 29, 2018
New Agricultural Policy Review: Fall 2018
- World’s Largest Pork Producer in Crisis: China’s African Swine Fever Outbreak
- Using Markets to Balance Agricultural Expansion and Forest Conservation
- The Blessing and Curse of Productivity
- The Costs and Benefits of Nutrient Reduction Programs

November 28, 2018
Presentation: Land values and interest rates: will Iowa farms sink or swim?
Alejandro Plastina
2018 Integrated Crop Management Conference, Ames, IA

November 28, 2018
Plastina publishes in Journal of Applied Farm Economics (news brief)

November 27, 2018
Winters wins Hewings Award (news brief)

November 16, 2018
Presentation: What the Trade Disruptions with China Mean for Iowa and US Agriculture
Wendong Zhang
2018 Pro-Ag Outlook Meetings, Various Locations in Iowa

November 15, 2018
Moschini publishes in Land Economics (news brief)

November 6, 2018
CARD researchers featured prominently in AAEA “Members in the News” (news brief)

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November 6, 2018
Keiser’s Clean Water Act study Science Editor’s Choice (news brief)

November 1, 2018
Presentation: China as the Leading Trade Partner of US Agriculture
Wendong Zhang
89th ASFMRA Annual Conference, Chandler, AZ

October 31, 2018
Shr publishes in Ecological Economics (news brief)

October 29, 2018
2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership & Tenure Survey paper copy available for order (news brief)

October 29, 2018
Tang publishes in JEEM (news brief)

October 26, 2018
New tool helps farmers make cover crop decisions (news release)

October 19, 2018
Net Returns Calculator for Cover Crops Terminated with Herbicides
This decision tool is intended to help farmers who do not currently use cover crops evaluate the expected annual net returns to cover crop adoption under alternative scenarios.

October 15, 2018
Firm Internal Network, Environmental Regulation, and Plant Death
Jingbo Cui, GianCarlo Moschini

October 12, 2018
Balistreri to head Trade & Policy Division (news brief)

October 8, 2018
Clean Water Act improves water quality, creates modest changes in housing values (news release)

October 5, 2018
China’s Agricultural Import Potential
This June Policy Brief is important in relation to current events.

September 24, 2018
CARD Study Reveals Trade Disruption Impacts on Iowa's Economy (news release)

September 19, 2018
The Impact of the 2018 Trade Disruptions on the Iowa Economy
Edward J. Balistreri, Chad E. Hart, Dermot J. Hayes, Minghao Li, Lee Schulz, David A. Swenson, Wendong Zhang, John M. Crespi

September 18, 2018
Presentation: Who Owns, Buys and Rents Farmland Today? (Webinar)
Wendong Zhang, LeeAnn Moss
Ames, Iowa

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Latest Media Contacts

Friday, December 7, 2018
"Two steps forward, one step back"
Chad Hart was interviewed by the Dennison Bulletin about a possible resolution to the U.S.-China trade war.

Friday, December 7, 2018
"Midsize Farms Measure Up"
Chad Hart was interviewed by Successful Farming about midsize farms.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
"Will a trade truce with China be the start of pork producers' recovery?"
Research by Dermot Hayes was utilized in a Food Dive article about the pork industry.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
"U.S. pork producer losses exceed $2B"
Research by Dermot Hayes was utilized for a Farms.com article about losses in the pork industry.

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