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?

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)

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

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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)

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

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Latest Media Contacts

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Crop insurance keeps some farmers afloat
"In fact, some farmers wouldn’t make it without crop insurance. The costs of seeds, inputs and equipment add up and rely on returns at harvest."

Friday, April 20, 2018
Japan could help offset trade worries
Japan seems to be opening itself up for ethanol imports, which could help offset current trade worries.

Friday, April 20, 2018
Egg outbreak farm had rodent problem
A recent investigation into the North Carolina farm linked to an egg recall revealed a rodent problem at the site.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Soybean farmers look to Brazil and Argentina
If China imposes a 25% tariff on soybeans, Brazil and Argentina may fill the need.

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