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 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)

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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)

February 21, 2018
CARD Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation in Agricultural, Environmental, and Energy Economics and Policy
All graduate students in the economics department are eligible if their final oral exam took place in the 2017 calendar year.

February 16, 2018
Presentation: Update on Iowa Farmland Market and China Ag Economy
Wendong Zhang
Farmland Owners Workshop, Altoona, Iowa

February 16, 2018
Do you remember? - Keith S. Evans
Years at CARD: 2007–2011

February 13, 2018
Presentation: China Enters “New Era”: What It Means for US and Global Agriculture
Wendong Zhang
Iowa AgriBiz Showcase and Conference, Des Moines, Iowa

February 13, 2018
Presentation: Cooperative Profits and Equity Basics
Keri Jacobs
Mid-Iowa Cooperative, Conrad, Iowa

February 13, 2018
Presentation: For Your RINformation: An Update on RIN Markets
Gabe Lade
National Ethanol Conference, San Antonio Texas

February 13, 2018
Iowa State University Economists Outline Benefits of Reducing Nitrates (news release)

February 8, 2018
Presentation: China Enters “New Era”: What It Means for US and Global Agriculture
Wendong Zhang
Growmark Invision Grower Meeting, Tama, Iowa

February 2, 2018
Are Agricultural Professionals’ Farmland Value and Crop Price Forecasts Consistent?
Wendong Zhang, Wei Zhang, Chad E. Hart

February 1, 2018
The Current Farm Downturn versus the 1920s and 1980s Farm Crises: An Economic and Regulatory Comparison
Wendong Zhang, Kristine Tidgren

January 31, 2018
Presentation: The Impacts of China on U.S. Ag Trade and Ag Economy
Wendong Zhang, Dermot Hayes
ASFMRA Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting 2018 Ames, Iowa

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Latest Media Contacts

Monday, April 16, 2018
Could the CCC protect us from a trade war?
“A program that brought Americans government cheese four decades ago could get tapped to protect U.S. farmers if escalating tariff threats between the U.S. and China break out into a full-fledged trade war.”

Monday, April 16, 2018
“Brazil, Argentina may fill the US soybean export gap”
“This is a disagreement between the U.S. and China, but it has ramifications for Argentina and Brazil.”

Monday, April 16, 2018
Hog prices heading higher
Since April 5 hog prices have steadily climbed higher every day.

Friday, April 13, 2018
“US pork now allowed in Argentina”
“U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. pork to be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992.”

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