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?

June 15, 2018
ISU Iowa Farmland Ownership Tenure Survey news conference to be held June 28 (news release)

June 15, 2018
Kling resigns as director of CARD (news brief)

June 13, 2018
Plastina receives two INRC grants (news brief)

May 22, 2018
Keiser receives DNR grant (news brief)

May 15, 2018
Zhang receives INRC grant (news brief)

May 14, 2018
New Agricultural Policy Review: Spring 2018
- Lessons from Previous U.S.-China Trade Disputes
- Environmental Regulation of Hog Feeding Operations
- Current Situation for Iowa’s Major Ag Commodities
- Does Rural Entrepreneurship Pay?
- Do Cover Crops Pay? Net Returns to Corn/Soybean Farmers in Iowa

April 30, 2018
The Dynamics of Supply: U.S. Corn and Soybeans in the Biofuel Era
Hyunseok Kim, GianCarlo Moschini

April 27, 2018
Presentation: Economics of Cover Crops
Alejandro Plastina and Sarah Carlson
Soil Health Institute Webinar

April 26, 2018
Plastina publishes in AJAE (news brief)

April 23, 2018
Kim named recipient of CARD PhD award (news brief)

April 23, 2018
Schulz wins AAEA extension award (news brief)

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March 27, 2018
What Can We Learn about U.S.-China Trade Disputes from China’s Past Trade Retaliations?
Minghao Li, Wendong Zhang, Chad E. Hart

March 27, 2018
Zhang publishes in AJAE (news brief)

March 14, 2018
Artz, Kimle, Orazem receive USDA-NIFA grant (news brief)

March 14, 2018
Pouliot, Schulz receive USDA-NIFA grant (news brief)

March 12, 2018
Iowa State University Study Finds Return on Investment a Stumbling Block for Widespread Adoption of Cover Crops (news release)

March 9, 2018
Presentation: Economics of Cover Crops
Alejandro Plastina
ANR at Noon, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

March 8, 2018
Presentation: China Enters “New Era”: What It Means for US and Global Agriculture
Wendong Zhang
Security Savings Bank 2018 Spring Ag Update Meeting, Eagle Grove, Iowa

March 7, 2018
Presentation: Dovetailing Member Value and Expectations with Strategic Financial Management
Keri Jacobs
Minnesota Grain and Feed Association Annual Convention, Prior Lake, Minnesota

March 6, 2018
E15 and E85 Demand Under RIN Price Caps and an RVP Waiver
Gabriel E. Lade, Sebastien Pouliot, Bruce A. Babcock

March 2, 2018
New Agricultural Policy Review: Winter 2018
- The “Stover Availability versus Supply” Puzzle and Contracting Options for Cellulosic Biomass
- Relational Contracts and the Diffusion of Agricultural Technologies in Brazil
- USDA’s Projections for 2018
- Can China’s Rural Land Policy Reforms Solve its Farmland Dilemma?
- Is ARC-CO acting as a Safety Net Program? Evidence from Iowa

February 26, 2018
Lade receives energy efficiency study grant (news brief)

February 22, 2018
Presentation: Update on US Land Values and Cash Rents
Wendong Zhang
USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Arlington, Virginia

February 21, 2018
Lade publishes in AJAE (news brief)

February 21, 2018
Moschini receives USDA-NIFA grant (news brief)

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Latest Media Contacts

Thursday, June 21, 2018
"Next two weeks "critical" to Iowa farmers with development of tariffs and soybean prices"
"The next two weeks are critical for the future of tariffs between China and the United States, according to an Iowa State agricultural economics professor."

Thursday, June 21, 2018
"Immigration crackdown may pivot to ag"
"These changes could include limiting the number of agricultural temporary workers and thereby worsening agriculture’s labor shortage."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
"Agricultural goods prices dropping due to trade war threat"
"Iowa State University Grain Marketing Specialist, Chad Hart says the markets have seen some volatility, and he expects the markets to continue to fall."

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
"Tariffs on US pork cause concerns"
"Trade wars have hit the pork industry. Two of the top three export destinations for U.S. pork have added a tariff in retaliation of United States tariffs on other products."

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