Media Contacts

Sunday, February 18, 2018
ISF impact could top $1.5 billion in 2019
A recent model used by CARD economist Dermot Hayes shows the projected economic impact of Iowa Select Farms in 2019.

Friday, February 16, 2018
Keiser, Shapiro examine water pollution
CARD economist David Keiser and Yale economist Joseph Shapiro examine water quality in a new publication.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
“3 Big Things Today, February 14”
“Soybeans, Grains Lower Overnight; Iowa State Has Mixed News on Costs.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
“Economists outline benefits of reducing nitrates”
A recent study by several CARD authors detailed the benefits of reducing nitrates in Iowa’s water.

Monday, February 12, 2018
Study: Livestock growth effective offsets rural economic decline
A study by Dermot Hayes finds that livestock growth effectively offsets rural economic decline.

Monday, February 5, 2018
Plastina offers timely tips
Economist Alejandro Plastina offers tips to readers of Wallaces Farmer.

Monday, February 5, 2018
ADM could acquire Bunge
Archer-Daniels-Midland is in talks to acquire commodity trader Bunge.

Monday, February 5, 2018
US missed substantial opportunity with TPP
Economist Dermot Hayes says the US missed a substantial opportunity by withdrawing from TPP.

Friday, February 2, 2018
“Section 199A could impact grain marketing decisions”
CARD economist Keri Jacobs says Section 199A deductions favor marketing grain through cooperatives.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
"Section 199A could impact grain marketing decisions"
"Dr. Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University economist, tells Brownfield Ag News the deduction now favors marketing through cooperatives."

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Ethanol exports top 1.3 billion gallons
The US ethanol industry exported a record-setting 1.3 billion gallons of fuel in 2017.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
ISU vet lab provides 8-to-1 return on investment
A recent study found the Iowa State University’s Vet Diagnostics Lab provides an 8-to-1 return on investment.

Monday, January 29, 2018
“Work on fixing Section 199A continues on Capitol Hill”
Congress is working to fix Section 199A, which some say gives an advantage to certain farmers.

Sunday, January 28, 2018
NAFTA withdrawal could hurt US farmers
The US is currently the dominant grain supplier to Mexico, but that could change without NAFTA.

Friday, January 26, 2018
“More Than a Billion Tons of Feed Produced in 2017”
The Global Feed Survey estimates just over one billion metric tons of feed were produced globally in 2017.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Manitoba to see benefits of TPP
The US pulling out of the TPP trade deal will leave Canada in a better position.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Kling, Helmers forced off EPA committee
Iowa State professors Catherine Kling and Matthew Helmers have been forced off an EPA advisory committee.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
“First-quarter cattle market expected to stay strong”
“The national average price for a bred heifer may be under $2,000, but there are still cattlemen willing to pay more than $3,000 for the right replacement.”

Saturday, January 6, 2018
US begins renegotiation of KORUS
On Friday, the US began renegotiation of the Korea/US trade agreement.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
“New survey shines light on pork industry’s biosecurity investment”
“Before this first-of-its-kind survey, little data existed to fully understand and analyze producer decisions regarding biosecurity investment and adoption of disease-mitigating practices.”

Friday, January 5, 2018
Some farmers face shrinking profit margins
Some farmers in the US have become concerned as they’ve watched their profit margins shrink.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Pork outlook optimistic
Several factors are pointing towards a solid year for pork producers.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
ISU debuts crush margin app
ISU has debuted a new app to help farmers calculate crush margins for hogs and cattle.

Monday, January 1, 2018
Zhang, Plastina, Hart offer Timely Tips
Wendong Zhang, Alejandro Plastina, and Chad Hart offer advice to Wallace’s Farmer readers.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Commodity price drops cause concern
Commodity price drops were among the largest concerns about the future of Iowa’s farmland values.

Thursday, December 28, 2017
Rye cover may increase yield for soybeans
Having a rye cover crop may increase soybean yields for some farmers.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Iowa farmland staying local
ISU Land Value Survey shows that most farmland sales stay local.

Monday, December 25, 2017
Iowa ninth leading beef cow state in US
Iowa’s beef industry numbers are looking solid in 2017.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
“Becoming a co-op board influencer”
“It’s really obvious as you look across the landscape in Iowa – and this is true in other states as well – that ag boards struggle with how to engage women in co-op governance,” says Keri Jacobs, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Economics.

Monday, December 18, 2017
Signs point to solid heifer market
Schulz says a spring rally may be affecting this fall’s bred female demand.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
“Exports continue to drive livestock prices”
“Exports of U.S. beef have increased 14 percent in 2017, with exports to Japan increasing over 30 percent. Increases in exports are also seen to Mexico, Canada, South Korea and Hong Kong.”

Monday, December 11, 2017
If you cut water you may save on electricity too
A study by Gabe Lade shows that those who save on water bills are more likely to conserve electricity too.

Monday, December 11, 2017
Exports are driving demand of for US corn, soybean
Fifty percent of US soybean crop is exported, according to economist Chad Hart.

Monday, December 11, 2017
“Understand basis contracts for grain marketing”
“Basis can be a great signal to help farmers figure out where to sell their crops and improve profitability,” Hart said.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
USDA looking to revise voluntary pork standards
The USDA is looking to revise a voluntary pork grading system.

Monday, December 4, 2017
Foot and mouth could cost US $200 billion
Hayes’ work shows that a foot and mouth disease outbreak could cost the US upwards of $200 billion.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
China’s mandate could increase US corn demand
China’s new E10 mandate could bolster demand for US corn stock.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
“Analysis: Defending crop insurance, part 1”
Farm Futures examines the need for, and effectiveness of, crop insurance.

Friday, November 24, 2017
Zhang, Plastina offer tips on upgrading equipment
Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina offer tips to Wallace’s Farmer readers.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Lighthizer ‘concerned’ about NAFTA talks
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he’s worried about current NAFTA negotiations.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
“NPPC Official Says U.S. Hard Line Could Scuttle NAFTA”
Taking a hard-line approach to NAFTA renegotiations could scuttle the whole deal.

Monday, November 20, 2017
Production up, prices down
Corn yields are higher than expected this year and prices are lower.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Slowed harvest may be due to increased yields
Increased crop corn yields may be a contributing factor to harvest running slow.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
“China imports a farm from Iowa”
A US farmer has become a sought-after precision farming ambassador in China.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Losing NAFTA could hurt US
Ag industry leaders say pulling out of NAFTA could cost the US $1.5 billion in lost trade.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Is another farm crisis looming over Iowa?
Some experts believe that a failed NAFTA renegotiation could push Iowa into another farm crisis.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Corn yield on the rise
The USDA WASDE report shows corn yields coming in higher than originally expected.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
NPPC warns losing NAFTA could be “train wreck”
The vice president of the NPPC has warned that losing NAFTA could be a “train wreck.”

Monday, November 6, 2017
“As NAFTA talks heat up, Minnesota ag, other industries weigh in”
Hayes pointed out that the pain from renegotiating NAFTA could be localized to flyover country.

Monday, November 6, 2017
“NAFTA at a crossroads”
Renegotiation of NAFTA could cause difficulties in some agricultural sectors.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Meatpacking catching up to production
Lee Schulz says that the expansion of pork processing plants in Iowa is plant capacity catching up to production.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
US agriculture could face downsizing
US agriculture may be facing downsizing depending on NAFTA renegotiation.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Zhang offers advice on labor sharing
Wendong Zhang offers advice to farmers looking to share labor.

Monday, October 23, 2017
USDA crop report shows soybeans up three percent
USDA predicts soybean yields at 4.43 billion bushels, up 3% from last year.

Monday, October 16, 2017
Tomato growers looking for NAFTA reform
A small group of tomato growers in Florida may derail the NAFTA renegotiation.

Monday, October 16, 2017
Plastina offers advice on calculating ARC, PLC payments
Alejandro Plastina answers questions about calculating ARC-CO and PLC payments.

Monday, October 16, 2017
“Farm service agency announces ARC, PLC payments”
ARC and PLC payment amounts have been announced by the Farm Service Agency.

Friday, October 13, 2017
“Capacity, demand bolster meat prices”
“The combination of strong demand and increasing pork packing capacity should help the livestock industry work through large meat supplies this fall and winter.”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Farmers may hold new corn crop longer
New crop corn is still being harvested, but Chad Hart says prices may not be good enough to induce farmers to sell.

Monday, October 9, 2017
How Iowa became an agricultural powerhouse
Iowa Public Radio examines how Iowa became the agricultural powerhouse that it is today.

Friday, October 6, 2017
KORUS to be amended
After concerns of a US withdrawal, the US and South Korea will renegotiate the KORUS trade agreement.

Monday, October 2, 2017
Iowa, Nebraska farm economies stagnant
Largely driven by farm income, Iowa and Nebraska’s income growth are the lowest in the nation.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
“Strong yields, low prices expected throughout harvest season”
Strong yields and low commodity prices are expected to endure through the harvest season.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Farmland values on the rise
Iowa’s farmland values are on the rise, thanks in part to scarcity on the market.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
USDA crop report increases corn, soybean yields
The latest USDA crop report increases yields and production numbers for both corn and soybeans.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Zhang answers IFT reader questions
Wendong Zhang answers questions from readers of Iowa Farmer Today.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Plastina answers IFT reader questions
CARD economist Alejandro Plastina answers Iowa Farmer Today reader questions.

Monday, September 25, 2017
Conflict with Korea could hit Iowa ag
Trump has threatened to stop all trade with countries that also trade with North Korea, a move that could stifle Iowa’s ag industry.

Monday, September 25, 2017
Co-ops hit by low commodity prices too
Iowa’s co-ops aren’t immune to the struggles of low commodity prices.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
“Gains from free trade agreements have been undersold, not oversold”
Gains to the US economy from trade agreements may be getting undersold.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Zhang talks about life in Iowa
Wendong Zhang talks with reporters from Iowa Farmer Today about his life in Iowa.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
USDA addressing flood damaged crops
After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the USDA is addressing concerns about using flood-damaged crops.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
“Highway expansion links farmers to regional markets”
An expansion of Highway 30 outside of Tama will help link farmers to regional markets.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Farmland value increase may not be permanent
Experts say the increase may be propped up by a lack of land for sale.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Farmland scarcity may be driving price increase
Farmland values came up this year after declining the last several years, but that may be due only to lack of available farmland.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
“Trump, farmers need more free trade agreements, not fewer”
Last year, US exports topped $2.2 trillion, pushed along by 14 free trade deals with 20 countries.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
USDA report shows corn lagging
The USDA crop report shows corn production lagging behind last year, while soybeans are keeping pace.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Termination of KORUS could be detrimental to hog farmers
Trump is reportedly discussing terminating the US-Korea trade agreement, which could harm hog farmers.

Friday, September 1, 2017
“Potential upturn in income is good news for farmers, Nebraska state budget”
“After falling by more than half in the past four years, farm income might finally have hit a bottom.”

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Should farmers rent or sell land?
Wendong Zhang answers farmer’s questions for Wallace’s Farmer readers.

Sunday, August 27, 2017
Trump still threatening NAFTA withdrawal
At a rally in Phoenix, Trump said the US may withdraw from NAFTA.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Farmers still working to trim budgets
Farmers across the nation are working to trim farm budgets.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
“Report finds crop insurance is bad for environment and taxpayers”
A new report says that crop insurance is not environmentally friendly and is costly to tax payers.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
“New study shows RFS offers substantial benefits to the US economy”
A new study by GianCarlo Moschini shows that the RFS has substantially benefited the US economy.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Domestic demand stable, exports very strong
Economist Lee Schulz talks with Iowa Farmer Today about concerns in the pork industry.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
TPP presents “lost opportunity”
Economist Dermot Hayes says that pulling out of TPP presents a “lost opportunity” for Iowa agriculture.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Trump moves worry pork industry leaders
Leaders of Nebraska’s pork industry are feeling worried over moves by the Trump administration.

Friday, August 11, 2017
NPPC working to expand trade in wake of TPP withdrawal
NPPC vice president Nick Giordano says they are “playing defense” on trade deals.

Friday, August 11, 2017
“Our trade renegotiations may be even more important than our farm bill” :Hart
Chad Hart talks about trade and agriculture at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation economic summit.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Disney settles BPI case
Disney and South Dakota-based BPI have reached an agreement on a defamation lawsuit.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
History shouldn’t repeat itself
Wendong Zhang explains why the current farm downturn shouldn’t be a repeat of the 80s.

Monday, August 7, 2017
New trade deals undercutting US agriculture
In the wake of the US withdrawal from TPP, other negotiations have begun undercutting US exporters.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Zhang cautious about land value turnaround
Economist Wendong Zhang says he is currently cautious about claims that farmland value is turning around.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Foot and mouth outbreak could be costly
Experts say foot and mouth disease outbreak preparation has been neglected, and could be a very costly mistake.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Plastina offers advice about grain hauling/cash rent rates
Alejandro Plastina helps answer reader’s questions in the most recent Timely Tips from Wallace’s Farmer.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Trade more important than farm bill: Hart
ISU economist Chad Hart discusses why he feels that agricultural trade is more important than the farm bill.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Business succession important for rural communities
Business succession plays a vital role in the vitality of rural economies.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Alabama BSE case shouldn’t affect beef demand
According to experts a case of BSE identified in Alabama shouldn’t have an effect on beef prices or demand.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
“CME: USDA Raises Beef Import, Export Forecast for 2018”
“In the cash market, as reported by USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), fed steer prices were higher week-over-week...”

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Iowa farmers clearing space for soybean crop
With another record crop predicted, farmers are making room for new soybeans.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
1980s farm crisis not likely to repeat
Zhang says there are several factors that should alleviate fears of another 1980s farm crisis.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
“Back to Normal?”
Dave Kanicki examines what “normal” means in context of agricultural crises.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
NPPC wants US to strike deal with Japan
After the EU struck a trade deal with Japan, the NPPC is renewing their push for the US to do the same.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
“Analysts predict more growth in pork industry”
“We’re looking at an annual estimate for 2017 right around that 15-dollars per head,” Schulz says.

Friday, June 30, 2017
US pig industry seeing growth
USDA quarterly report shows second-largest inventory on record.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
“Corn crop progress could extend futures volatility”
“Futures for soybeans and products are ‘the most negative markets at CBOT due to very high production expectations here coupled with high production in South America’.”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Pork production jumps 3.4%, demand 4%
Pork production has increased by 3.4%, but demand for pork products has increased 4%.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
“Study estimates grower food safety costs”
“Costs that could be measured included spending for food safety staff, harvest foremen, third-party audits, product lost due to animal intrusion and water testing.”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
US beef returns to China after 14 years
Schulz says the US beef market in China is still “in its infancy,” but has returned after 14 years.

Monday, June 26, 2017
“International markets vital to swine industry”
Concerns over trade agreements are still a large focus for US pork producers.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Plastina offers advice about farm expansion
Alejandro Plastina offers some advice about farm expansion in Wallace’s Farmer Timely Tips.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
“Iowa State Researchers Join New Carbon Economy Consortium”
Professor Dermot Hayes joins ISU consortium on emerging carbon economy.

Monday, June 19, 2017
NAFTA renegotiation should focus on farmers
US farmers exported more than $38 billion worth of products to Canada and Mexico in 2016.

Friday, June 16, 2017
Hot and dry conditions lead to crop concerns
Predicted hot and dry conditions are leading to crop concerns in some parts of Iowa.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
NAFTA concerns lead to Mexico seeking new pork suppliers
Pork industry leaders said Mexico is seeking other viable sources of pork amid NAFTA renegotiation concerns.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Trump administration proposes $29 billion in crop insurance cuts
The cuts include ending the popular Harvest Price Option program.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Corn, soy steady, wheat condition a concern
USDA analysts conclude that wheat quality concerns may lead to more acreage and higher prices next year.

Monday, June 12, 2017
“Offensive growth strategy” resulting in fewer coops in Iowa
CARD economist Keri Jacobs cites “growth strategy” as a reason for coop consolidation.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Free trade agreement countries enjoy bulk of US pork exports
“Pork industry executive says NAFTA is top "defensive priority" this year.”

Friday, June 9, 2017
Livestock production up, along with prices
Meat prices at the counter are down from last year, but up from several months ago.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
“NPPC commends commerce Secretary for NAFTA sugar deal with Mexico”
“A major trade crisis between the US and Mexico has been averted after a preliminary agreement was reached earlier this week (6 June).”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Pork producers learn from avian flu outbreak
Pork producers are being encouraged to adopt a disease response plan.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
“Withdrawing from NAFTA could devastate U.S. farmers”
“Farmers in Iowa and across the nation are particularly worried about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement...”

Friday, June 2, 2017
Pork, beef producers worry about NAFTA changes
Changes to NAFTA could bring about negative consequences for Iowa’s pork and beef industries.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Ractopamine presents challenge to pork producers
China’s rejection of pork raised using ractopamine presents a challenge for pork producers.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Livestock producers reaping rewards of corn abundance
Livestock producers across the country have been able to capitalize on an abundance of feedstock.

Monday, May 29, 2017
Trump budget proposal lowers crop insurance subsidy spending
OMB estimates a reduction of government spending on crop insurance subsidies by $28 billion over 10 years.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
“Basu: Which group deserves more help, big farmers or low-income families?”
“Advocates for the hungry worry about poor people losing food assistance. Grassley worries about farmers paying for their own insurance.”

Friday, May 26, 2017
“Hog prices show predictable patterns”
Lee Schulz examines the history of hog prices for Iowa Farmer Today.

Friday, May 26, 2017
“Mexico, a market America’s pig farmers can’t afford to lose”
“ISU economist Dermot Hayes calculates that if Mexico places a 20% duty on U.S. pork, the industry eventually would lose the entire Mexican market.”

Friday, May 19, 2017
Fourth year of downturn for farmers could lead to tough decisions
This year could prove to be a “make or break” year for farmers.

Monday, May 8, 2017
Agricultural trade impacts farmers’ bottom line
Agricultural trade agreements can open access to new customers for US farmers.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Foot and Mouth could cost US billions
A Foot and Mouth outbreak could cost the US $128 billion over ten years.

Monday, April 17, 2017
Soybeans catching up to corn in Iowa
Corn is still the dominant crop in Iowa, but soybeans are starting to catch up.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Canada’s pork exports get boost from dropping ractopamine
Canada’s pork sector is seeing a boost in exports after farmers quit using ractopamine.

Monday, April 10, 2017
Ag cooperatives consolidating
Keri Jacobs provides the cover story for AgriMarketing magazine, focusing on consolidation of agricultural cooperatives.

Friday, April 7, 2017
How NAFTA renegotiation could affect Iowa
Chad Hart discusses how a NAFTA renegotiation could affect Iowa on Iowa Public Radio.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Farmers optimistic about China trade
Farmers are reportedly optimistic about trade deals with China, despite White House rhetoric.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Unprofitable wheat gives way to soybean
Farmers are making a small shift from corn to soybeans, but a large shift away from wheat.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Shift to soybeans small
While farmers may be planting more soybeans in 2017, the shift away from corn is very small.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Hart optimistic about exports
Economist Chad Hart sees several reasons to be optimistic about grain exports in 2017.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
USDA examines agricultural trade with Mexico
The USDA says grain production in Mexico should return to normal levels in 2017/18.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
“Farmers look for clarity in direction of U.S. trade agreements”
Exports of US grain, livestock, and ethanol have been strong for years and boosted commodity prices.

Friday, March 10, 2017
“Trump Adviser’s Warning About Food Supply Takeover Met With Skepticism”
“The head of the president’s National Trade Council this week offered a decidedly bleak and suspicious view of global trade.”

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Secretary of Agriculture brings questions
Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture may bring a shift in ideology as leadership leaves the Midwest.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
USDA report lowers grain and feed export projections
The USDA agricultural trade report projects grain and feed exports to drop by $1 billion.

Friday, March 3, 2017
Insurance decisions driven by crop prices
Projected corn and soybean prices, which have both gone up, are used to determine guarantees for revenue coverage programs.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
“Lower costs bring cautious optimism in 2017”
An ISU Extension annual reports shows the cost of corn and soybean production falling by 12 and 9 percent, respectively.

Friday, February 17, 2017
“Farm downturn near bottom, but road to recovery filled with potholes”
The farm downturn may be approaching an end, but recovery could be tricky.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Future of NAFTA could affect farmers
A senator from Mexico has pledged to introduce a bill that cuts US corn supply out.

Monday, February 13, 2017
Agweek Editorial: With COOL and trade, real solutions are needed
“[T]hose who think the repeal of mandatory country of origin labeling has led to lower cattle and hog prices in the U.S. are probably wrong.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Potential spike for grain farmers coming
“Chad Hart, ISU Extension Specialist, says this year is looking very much like last year, and farmers will need to strike while they can to capitalize on any potential price rally.”

Saturday, February 4, 2017
“Big swings seen in beef prices”
Ag economist Lee Schulz said there was a tremendous increase in heifers held for replacements.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Potential Mexico tariff could be bad news for Iowa
A border wall could carry with it a tariff on goods from Mexico, which could be bad for Iowa.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Business Record: 2017 Economic Forecast
Cathy Kling and Wendong Zhang contribute Business Record’s 2017 Economic Forecast.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
“CenUSA Models Predict Large Water Quality Improvements from Perennials”
Phil Gassman talks about CenUSA, which examines perennial biofuel production in the Corn Belt.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Lower commodity costs expected in 2017
An ISU Extension report anticipates lower commodity costs in 2017.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Trump’s proposed import tax could damage Iowa’s economy
Canada and Mexico are Iowa’s two largest export markets. Trump’s plans could affect Iowa’s agricultural economy.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
“Local ag economists: TPP departure was expected, future impacts uncertain”
Ag economists weigh in on how Trump’s departure from TPP could affect Iowa agriculture.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Icahn may have conflict of interest as Trump adviser
Trump’s special adviser on regulatory reform may face a conflict of interest.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
EPA uncertainty drops RIN prices
Uncertainty over the future of the biofuels program has dropped the price of RINs.

Monday, January 23, 2017
Iowa could suffer in trade war
Trump’s decision to back out of the TPP could hurt farmers in Iowa.

Monday, January 23, 2017
“9 Questions and Answers About Pork Exports for 2017”
Dermot Hayes helps answer questions about pork exports in 2017.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
“Trump’s southern ag secretary pick makes Iowans uncomfortable”
Ernst and Grassley both remain optimistic about Trump’s cabinet pick.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Final USDA crop production numbers
The USDA has released final crop production numbers for 2016.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
“Innovation is driving down greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol”
A new study reveals GHG emissions from corn-based ethanol are about 43% lower than gasoline on an energy equivalent basis.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Could spring bring a market rally?
Chad Hart says strength of demand may provide some reason to be optimistic.

Monday, January 9, 2017
Hayes on TPP and NAFTA
ISU professor of economics Dermot Hayes talks about the impact of TPP, NAFTA, and free trade on US agriculture.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Grain markets expected to be more of same in 2017
ISU economist Chad Hart says supplies need to slow down to let demand catch up.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Meat production increasing, demand remains strong
Schulz says he expects 2017 to bring both strong domestic and export demand.

Friday, December 30, 2016
Commodity prices could challenge farmers
Commodity prices could present challenges to farmers in 2017 after three years of lower farm income.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Livestock prices even out
After highs and lows the last two years, livestock prices are beginning to stabilize.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Trade key to pork profitability
According to experts, keeping trade lanes open will be the key to profitability for the pork industry in 2017.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
2017 farm outlook still tight
Some farmers may improve income by planting more soybeans in 2017.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
“Trump, Trade, and China: What To Expect in 2017”
Trump’s vision for agricultural trade is still unclear.

Monday, December 19, 2016
Livestock profits down, exports still supporting market
Livestock profits have fallen, but exports are still helping support the industry.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Upcoming year could hold changes for feed sector
Experts weigh in on what could be in store for the US feed sector next year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
WASDE supports strong domestic, international usage
USDA's recent WASDE report changed some crop expectations, but supports strong domestic and international usage.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Cabinet appointment could bolster Iowa-China trade
Branstad’s appointment to Trump’s cabinet could bolster trade between Iowa and China.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Trump’s Ag Secretary will signal policy direction
President-elect Trump’s pick for Secretary of Agriculture will signal how his cabinet feels about ag policy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Meat prices may be lower in time for holidays
Numerous signs in the hog, cattle, and turkey industries point to lower meat prices.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
WIC and potatoes
Helen Jensen discusses potatoes in the WIC program.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Demand, dollar, and South American crop driving soybean market
Demand from China, the strength of the dollar, and the South American harvest are all factors in US soybean demand.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Grain prices could rally
Chad Hart says there are some opportunities for grain prices to rally in 2017.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Packing plant could spur hog confinements
Environmentalists fear that a new packing plant could spur creation of new hog confinements around Clarion.

Friday, October 28, 2016
Supporters optimistic about future of hemp in Iowa
Industrial hemp production surged in the US during WWII. Iowa peaked at about 40,000 acres of production.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
“Farm Policy and the 2016 Election: Where do the Candidates Stand?”
Bruce Babcock talks about the 2016 election and where the candidates stand on farm policy on IPR’s River to River.

Monday, October 24, 2016
GMO soybean farmers use more herbicides
A study by Moschini et al. found that farmers of GMO soybeans actually use more herbicides. A Google translated version is available here:

Thursday, October 20, 2016
ARC-CO payments arrive, show dip in national average
Farm risk program payments are trending down slightly from last year.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Farmland sales volume down
Farmland sales volume may be helping keep farmland prices up.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tips for making your farm profitable
Chad Hart provides some quick tips for making your farm profitable.

Monday, October 17, 2016
Study shows impact of WIC changes
A recent study by Jensen et al. examined how changes in the WIC program affected wholegrain consumption.

Friday, October 14, 2016
Deere announces licensing deal
John Deere has new acquisition and licensing deals pending.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Falling food prices good for consumers but not farmers
Falling food prices have been good for consumers, but are putting farmers under more stress.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Crop progress report shows corn, soybean consistency
USDA crop progress report shows 73% of corn and 74% of soybeans rated as good or excellent.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Origin Agritech opens Des Moines office
The Chinese company is looking to move into creating technology and strategies for other seed companies.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Egg, pork, beef prices expected to decline
Egg, pork, and beef prices are all expected to decline despite an estimated overall increase in food prices.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
World Food Prize laureates to speak at ISU
Iowa State's 2016 Norman Borlaug Lecture, "Leading the Fight Against Malnutrition and Hidden Hunger," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
CARD receives $800,000 EPA grant
CARD has received an $800,000 grant to study water quality.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
“Bayer-Monsanto deal sows uncertainty for central Iowa”
“Seed maker Monsanto agreed to sell itself to German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG last week for $66 billion, but the impact on central Iowa is still unclear.”

Thursday, September 15, 2016
“Trump campaign: Policy undercutting ethanol posted in error”
“Donald Trump’s campaign on Thursday briefly published a fact sheet calling for the repeal of a key part of the federal ethanol mandate...”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Genetically modified crops reduce insecticide use
GianCarlo Moschini was among the authors of a new study detailing pesticide use with GM crops.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
China’s price support harms US wheat farmers
US wheat growers are welcoming US trade enforcement actions at the World Trade Organization.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Farmer still face spending more than they earn
Despite high commodity prices, most farmers are facing spending more than they earn for the third year.

Monday, September 5, 2016
Corn prices come down as biorefineries churn out record ethanol
The 'Food vs. Fuel' debate seems to have lost some steam as corn prices fall while ethanol production peaks.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Farm incomes may not fall as much as expected
The Agriculture Department estimates farm incomes will fall about 12% from last year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
US government to buy $20 million of cheese
Supply of American style cheeses has increased, but the demand has gone down. Now the government has agreed to buy $20 million worth to help the industry.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
“It takes a village to raise a bar”
A group of Iowans in Pomeroy are applying the co-op model to their bar venture.

Monday, August 15, 2016
Catherine Kling: Spotlight on Food-Energy Water Systems (FEWS) Researchers
CARD Director Cathy Kling has a Q&A about the FEW system.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Iowa farmers face third year of possible income loss
Iowa farmers may be facing income loss after another bumper crop pushes corn and soybean prices lower.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
China relaxing on GMOs
China’s latest five-year plan pushes for commercialization of biotech corn and soybeans.

Monday, August 8, 2016
“Co-ops Managing Through Low Margins”
Keri Jacobs wrote the article “Co-ops Managing through Low Margins” which appeared in Feedstuffs on August 8, 2016.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Clinton campaign defends position on ethanol mandate
"Hillary Clinton’s campaign fought back Thursday against a report the Democratic presidential nominee might make significant changes to the mandate requiring ethanol be blended into the fuel supply."

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Iowa farmers look for diversity
Chad Hart talks with NPR host Charity Nebbe about how Iowa farms have changed in the last 100 years.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
US feed crop survives warm weather
"A hot week across the US has not lowered condition rating for feed crop growth and production."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Crop yields expected to survive hot weather
Despite the recent hot weather in the Midwest, crop yields are expected to be on target.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Production outpaces near-record demand
Near-record crop demand hasn't outpaced commodity production.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Pork exports expected to increase nine percent in the next four years
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will help open trade and increase US exports.

Monday, July 4, 2016
US ag income will increase if TPP passes
Ag exports account for $57 billion of the US economy, and are expected to increase if TPP passes.

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Soybeans close higher on ag report
Soybeans closed 41 cents higher after the US Department of Agriculture Acreage and Grain Stocks report was issued.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hart says farmers should take advantage of strengthened commodity prices
Hart says that the weakening of the dollar has made US commodities cheaper, which has boosted sales.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Corn, soybeans climb on WASDE report
Corn and soybean futures climbed after the USDA issued its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates.

Sunday, June 12, 2016
China could buy five percent of US pork exports
With China's farmers culling herds due to high feed prices, the demand for US pork imports has been growing.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
New pork plants could drive out old competitors
Three new Midwestern pork processing plants will come online in the next two years, which may drive some old plants out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Corn exports add big money to US economy
An Informa Economics study found that corn exports increased US gross domestic product by $29 billion.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Ethanol output may rise alongside prices
Ethanol prices are at an 18-month high, leading to speculation that output may rise as well.

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Soybean prices rise as South American woes continue
Continued problems in Argentina are providing a price spike for US soybeans.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Mergers changing ag landscape
Big-name mergers are changing the agricultural landscape.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Numerous factors lead to drop in consumer beef prices
Consumer beef prices have come down about 30 cents/lb since this time last year.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Vertical integration common in poultry industry
A large portion of the chicken products purchased by US consumers are produced under vertical integration.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Mergers rise from drop in farm economy
Mega-mergers aren't the only consolidations happening in agriculture, Chad Hart says.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Demand for non-GMO on the rise
Despite a report that says GMO foods are safe, the demand for non-GMO foods is growing.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Government report touts benefits of TPP
A recent government report finds that the TPP will be beneficial to agricultural producers.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Land value conference predicts stagnant crop, land prices
This year's Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference predicted average crop prices and a slight decline in land values.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Kling featured in USDA blog
CARD director Cathy Kling was featured in a USDA blog post that focuses on women in agriculture.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
NPR examines environmental cost of growing food
Cathy Kling joins the conversation on the environmental cost of growing food.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
USDA indicates 2016 corn may be above average
USDA early crop planting report indicates the 2016 corn crop may be at or above average.

Sunday, May 1, 2016
“Less is More”
Keir Jacobs spoke with Matthew Wilde of Iowa Soybean Review for his article “Less is More” which appears in the Spring 2016 issue.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Corn prices up and down in April
"After trading in a range of $3.55-$3.70 for much of 2016, the May future moved from a low of $3.47 on April 1 to a high of $4.01 on April 21."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Argentina slowdown drives soybeans up
The weather in South America has slowed the Argentine soybean harvest, driving prices up.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Midwest farmers advocate for TPP trade deal
Some Midwest farmers and ranchers have been advocating for the TPP trade deal.

Friday, April 15, 2016
US will have hike in corn, wheat stocks but lower soybean levels: WASDE
The US could have the largest wheat ending stocks since 1987, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference to be held in Ames
ISU’s oldest conference to discuss issues related to soil management and land valuation.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Agriculture and food groups urge support for TPP
The National Pork Producer's Council and other agricultural and food organizations are expressing their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Friday, April 8, 2016
China abandons price support for corn
China has decided to abandon its price support program for corn, which set the price above market prices.

Monday, April 4, 2016
Insurance prices falling with crop prices
Crop insurance prices in 2016 have been falling alongside the price of crops.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Some food manufacturers include voluntary GMO labeling
Some food manufacturers, Campbell's, Kellogg, ConAgra, and General Mills among them, have begun voluntarily labeling food products that contain GMOs.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Commodity prices take a toll on estimated farmland values
The state's agland realtors say the average price has now dropped 8.7 percent in the last year.

Sunday, March 27, 2016
The plan to fund Iowa’s water quality efforts has been here all along
“The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust is the most vetted, publicly supported, and substantial way to address water quality and other outdoor quality of life needs in Iowa.”

Friday, March 25, 2016
New relations with Cuba could be good for Iowa farms
Because Cuba imports 70%-80% of its food, improved relations could be a boon to Iowa farmers.

Friday, March 25, 2016
US farmers impacted by wheat subsidies
A report by Dermot Hayes shows that China's wheat subsidies are costing US farmers $653 million.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Input costs not declining as fast as commodity prices
The price of commodities is falling faster than input prices, leading to smaller profit margins for farms.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Low ethanol profits not expected to force closures
Low oil prices are bringing ethanol profits down, but Iowa plants aren't expected to close.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Water plan would generate economic activity, jobs
The governor's three-decades-long water improvement plan in Iowa would generate jobs and economic activity.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2016 crop outlook looks familiar
Chad Hart says the USDA is predicting 2016 crop outlooks similar to 2013--15.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
White House eyeing crop insurance for cuts
Lawmakers rejected an $18 billion cut in crop insurance, but reforms could still be coming.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
After climbing for years, retail beef prices now falling
The average all-fresh beef price decreased about 5% from August of last year to January of 2016.

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Delaware wins Dupont/Dow headquarters
The new headquarters of the DuPont/Dow merger will be housed in Delaware.

Friday, February 19, 2016
Despite no headquarters, 2600 jobs remain in Iowa
The state of Iowa didn't win a contract for the Dow/DuPont headquarters, but the 2,600 jobs at Pioneer will remain.

Friday, February 19, 2016
Opportunities to market old crop dwindling
Hart says the time to take advantage of a basis contract for old crop may have already come and gone.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
New report shows ethanol has positive energy balance
A report from the USDA's Office of the Chief Economist shows ethanol produces more energy than is required to make it.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
New budget slashes USDA funding
Obama's proposed budget would slash $9 billion in funding from USDA.

Monday, February 15, 2016
Landlords could be key to cleaner water
Non-operator landlords could be an under-utilized group when it comes to cleaning up Iowa's waterways.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Syngenta deal shows more ag consolidation
Syngenta's $43 billion purchase by a Chinese ag company continues the trend of consolidation in the ag industry.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
EWG report says farmers get twice as much as they pay
Bruce Babcock, in a report for the Environmental Working Group, concludes that for every $1 paid into crop insurance over the last 15 years, farmers received $2 back.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Farm bill maximizes payouts
Bruce Babcock argues that congress designed crop insurance programs to allow farmers to maximize the payments they receive.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Love of bacon transcends health concerns
The demand for bacon seems relatively stable despite concerns that processed meats could cause cancer.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
How far will the downturn go?
According to a state report, Iowa's economy is facing a contraction. Will it turn into a recession?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Farm subsidies remain despite criticism
Despite criticisms, and among talk of reform, farm subsidies are persisting, and growing.

Monday, February 8, 2016
Falling oil prices affecting ethanol plant futures
Falling oil prices and rising opposition to the RFS has ADM examining the future of their ethanol plants.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
How renewable biochemical facilities could benefit Iowa agriculture
A white paper by Dermot Hayes shows how a tax credit incentivizing renewable biochemical production facilities could benefit Iowa agriculture.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Does caucus show waning influence of ethanol?
Cruz, an outspoken opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard, won the Iowa caucus in early February, possibly signaling a decline in the industry's influence.

Monday, February 1, 2016
What happens to your wastewater?
Andy Uhler of examines what happens to your wastewater when it leaves your house.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Ethanol mandate facing increasing resistance
Outside of Iowa the RFS has been facing increasing scrutiny.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
International trade a big deal for Iowa
Despite what many view as unfavorable politics, China and Cuba have a big effect on Iowa's agriculture.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Grassley pushing for DuPont headquarters
Senator Grassley has been pushing for the DuPont/Dow headquarters to be located in Iowa after the merger.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Low grain prices spark CRP enrollment
As grain prices have fallen, enrollment in CRP has grown in Minnesota.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Vilsack only remaining original cabinet member
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has held his position as Secretary of Agriculture for seven years, and is Obama's last remaining original cabinet member.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Farmers face challenges in year ahead: Hart
Yields may be up, but commodity prices are down, which will create challenges for farmers in 2016.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Iowa farmland falls in value for second year
Iowa Banking Magazine discusses the drop in farmland values with Wendong Zhang.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Farmers’ incomes could take a hit in 2016
Farmers’ incomes are expected to fall in 2016. Chad Hart says it’s part of a natural cycle.

Friday, January 15, 2016
GAO finds USDA response needs improvement
A recent Government Accountability Office report finds that USDA might need to improve their response to disease outbreaks.

Monday, January 11, 2016
Zhang’s career has traditional roots
Wendong Zhang discusses the root of his career with Iowa Farm Bureau magazine.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Cruz takes middle ground on ethanol
During campaign stops in Iowa, Ted Cruz both said he would bolster the ethanol market and phase out the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Larger herds will stick around
Droughts in the Southern Plains brought larger numbers of feeder cattle to the Midwest. Lee Schulz says that trend probably won’t reverse any time soon.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Very little Iowa farmland sold to NEW farmers
The recently-released Iowa State Extension land value survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
North Iowa farmland values take biggest hit in state
North Iowa farmland value took the biggest hit this year, according to the 2015 Iowa Land Value Survey.

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Survey shows very little Iowa farmland sold to new farmers
The recently released Iowa State Extension land values survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state.

Thursday, December 24, 2015
Iowa agriculture sees mixed year
Iowa's corn and soybean production saw record yields, but not all facets of Iowa's agriculture had such a good year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Ag Report: farm land value survey
Iowa State University recently released the results of its annual land value survey.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Dow-DuPont merger “makes so much strategic sense”
The merger will create the world’s second-largest chemical company, by revenue.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Beef, pork markets down
Beef and pork markets have fallen from record levels in 2014. Pork producers are facing a break-even 2016.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
El Niño could affect crop prices
The El Niño weather pattern will be pervasive this winter and could lead to a drop in crop prices in the near future.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Cash rents not helping farmers
Cash rents have been falling for farmers, but not fast enough to make up for falling commodity prices.

Monday, December 21, 2015
Iowa farmland values slump again in 2015
Iowa farmland values fell in back-to-back years for the first time this century as farmers adjust to declining farm incomes.

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Iowa farmland values drop 3.9 percent
The rainy, gloomy weather starting off the week did little to brighter Monday's land value survey report released in Ames.

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Farmland values fall in Iowa, but some Northwest Iowa counties buck trend
After years of red hot gains, farmland values in Northwest Iowa continue to cool, according to a new survey.

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Omnibus appropriations bill ends COOL
The $1.1 appropriations bill officially brings an end to Country of Original Labeling and a dispute between Canada, Mexico, and the US.

Friday, December 18, 2015
ISU survey shows an average decrease of 3.9% statewide in 2015
Iowa farmland has declined in value by an average of 3.9% in 2015, or $310 per acre, according to the results of Iowa State University's annual survey.

Friday, December 18, 2015
Vermont law gives credence to anti-GMO advocates
Vermont's GMO labeling law could give momentum to similar measures in other states.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Iowa farmland values fall 3.9 percent in 2015
Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year's survey.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Monsanto forgoes job creation tax credit
Monsanto has decided to forgo a $21 million tax credit conditional on the company creating 350 jobs in Iowa.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Farmland values drop for second consecutive year
Iowa farmland values have now fallen for two consecutive years.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Spending bill ends COOL
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) will come to an end in the US with approval of the $1.1 trillion spending package.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Farmland values fall for second consecutive year
Results from the survey are similar to results by the US Department of Agriculture, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Realtors Land Institute.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Iowa farmland value falls again
Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre - having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year's survey.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Farmland values fall for second consecutive year
Land values were determined by the 2015 Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Iowa Farmland Values Slip nearly 4%
For the third year in a row, Scott and Decatur counties reported the highest and lowest farmland values, respectively.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
IA farmland values drop for the 2nd year in a row
The value of average Iowa farmland is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre after having dropped in value for the second consecutive year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Farmland values fall for second consecutive year
Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre—having dropped in value for the second consecutive year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Iowa State survey: farmland values drop for second year
The annual Iowa State University farmland survey finds value of an acre of Iowa farmland dropped 3.9 percent compared to last year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
2015 land values show smaller drop
“A lot of people would expect a much larger decline,” says Wendong Zhang, Extension economist and assistant professor of economics at Iowa State, who referenced last year’s 8.9 percent drop.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Iowa farm values see second straight year of decline after 2013 peak
The Omaha World Herald discusses the drop in Iowa farmland values with Wendong Zhang.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Survey: Iowa farmland values down four percent in ’15
Iowa State University’s annual survey of Iowa farmland values shows a nearly four percent decline over the past year.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Iowa Farmland Values Slip nearly 4%
The survey was conducted by Iowa State University's Extension Economist Wendong Zhang. This year's decline marks the second consecutive decrease, following an 8.9% decrease in 2014.

Monday, December 14, 2015
ISU land survey shows decrease in state farmland value
Story County farmland value declined more than 6.3 percent this year to $9,021, down from $9,628, according to the Iowa Land Value Survey released by Iowa State University Monday.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Survey cites commodity prices, uncertain future, for farmland value drop
The value of an average acre of good Iowa farmland has fallen for the second consecutive year, according to a survey released Monday.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Iowa land values, tumbling for second year, fall 3.9%
Iowa farmland values have fallen 3.9% since last year's study.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Iowa farmland value falls again
Iowa farmland values have fallen for the second year in a row.

Monday, December 14, 2015
NPPC wants to see the end of COOL
The National Pork Producers Council is hoping to see Country of Origin Labeling repealed in the US.

Sunday, December 13, 2015
DuPont merger not without repercussions
The DuPont merger could have some negative effects, including job loss.

Monday, December 7, 2015
Environmental group wants to see $3 billion cut
An environmental group would like to see the government keep the proposed $3 billion cut to crop insurance programs.

Monday, December 7, 2015
WTO retaliates for COOL
The World Trade Organization approved over $1 billion in tariffs against the US over the Country of Origin Labels.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
The cost of clean water
The true cost of clean water comes in many forms.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
$3 billion cut to crop insurance restored
A last-ditch effort to restore a $3 billion cut to the crop insurance program failed to pass the Senate.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
RIN prices on the rise
As EPA increases biofuel targets, the price of RINs is being pushed up.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Proposed cuts wouldn’t kill crop insurance
Babcock says that proposed budgetary cuts wouldn't "cripple" the crop insurance program as some claim.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
EPA ups biofuel requirement, still under 2007 goal
The EPA increased the biofuel mandate for 2016, but they still fall short of the original 2007 goals.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Ag groups see upside to TPP
Several ag groups say that there is a lot of benefit to the TPP, despite some objections.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Soybean prices have less opportunity to improve than corn
There is some room for corn and soybean prices to improve, but that may be slowed by large yields.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Factors that may influence 2016 hog market
New trade agreements are only one possible factor that may influence the 2016 hog market.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Crop outlook more of the same for 2016
Crop outlook for 2016 is very much the same as 2015--demand is higher than ever, but Chad Hart says yields are so large it makes demand immaterial.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Nevada
The DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa has opened, and workers are aiming to have it online by next year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Would a flat tax help or hurt Iowans?
Some are calling for a flat tax in Iowa, claiming it will help Iowans and the economy, but not everyone agrees.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
USDA increases corn and soybean yields
Chad Hart says that the increased yield prediction is higher than expected.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Commodity leader see TPP as beneficial
Ag commodity leaders have shown their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could create up to 10,000 jobs.

Monday, November 9, 2015
China is largest concern for soybeans
China looks to be the biggest factor in soybean marketing for 2016.

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Minnesota begins seeing safety net payments
Corn and soybean farmers in Minnesota began receiving payments from what Bruce Babcock referred to as "the most complicated set of farm programs ever invented."

Friday, November 6, 2015
Co-op consolidations likely to continue
Economist Keri Jacobs says that the trend of co-op consolidation will likely continue as the number of farmers goes down and farms get larger.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
NPCC urging Pacific Rim agreement
The National Pork Producers Council is urging quick passage of the Pacific Rim agreement.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The economic impacts of PEDv
What kind of economic impact has PEDv had since it was first identified in the US in 2013?

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Could cellulosic ethanol help curb climate change?
Could cellulosic ethanol plants play a part in helping curb climate change? The US is not unified behind renewable fuels, Babcock says.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Corn, soybean prices to stay low, Hart
Chad Hart says that corn and soybean prices will stay low, leaving some farmers with difficult decisions to make.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Low-cost producers have the best chance to stay in the black
Chad Hart says that low-cost producers that didn’t sacrifice yield have the best chance of staying in the black this year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Talks of DuPont breakup continue as company eyes merger
Talks of breaking up DuPont have resurfaced this month, as the company begins discussing mergers.

Monday, October 26, 2015
What if bird flu returns?
Dermot Hayes says he expects the poultry industry to ramp back up within a year, but the broiler industry is still vulnerable to bird flu.

Friday, October 23, 2015
Crop farmers facing negative returns in coming years
Chad Hart says that crop farmers could be facing negative returns for another year or so before seeing any improvement.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Despite drought, California will grow food
Despite the lack of rain, California will continue to grow a lot of food. Bruce Babcock talks with

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Chad Hart talks meat industry with Iowa Public Radio
Agricultural economist Chad Hart recently spoke with Iowa Public Radio for a series examining how the meat industry is changing the US food system and the American diet. Hart talked about Iowa’s biggest cash crop, corn, and the farm diversification.

Monday, October 19, 2015
Hart talks crop marketing
Chad Hart talks about grain crops and gives marketing advice.

Monday, October 19, 2015
Farm productivity growth has consequences
Chad Hart and Cathy Kling weigh in on the negative environmental impacts of farm productivity growth.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hog supplies and weights grow
Hog supplies and seasonal weights are both up. Lee Schulz explains why that may be.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Rivkin calls for markets to be opened
Ambassador Charles Rivkin calls for world markets to be opened to US farmers, citing a report by Dermot Hayes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Tobacco companies unhappy with TPP
Twelve nations have signed on with the TPP, which could increase US exports. Tobacco companies aren’t necessarily happy with the deal.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Crop insurance may increase risk taking
According to a recent study by Bruce Babcock, crop insurance programs may be increasing farmers' risk-taking behaviors.

Monday, October 12, 2015
USDA adjusts output numbers
Adjusted numbers by USDA show corn going marginally higher.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Talks of DuPont break-up resurface
The departure of a top DuPont executive has reignited talks of splitting the company.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Input prices drive Monsanto slump
Bruce Babcock says that rising input prices are turning farmers away from Monsanto products.

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Yuan rates affecting student decisions
Changes in Chinese Yuan exchange rates are forcing some students to re-examine their educational opportunities.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Corn harvest could lead to losses
What is shaping up to be an enormous corn harvest could be the driving factor behind losses for Iowa farmers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Old-crop stocks still substantial
Old-crop stocks of corn, soybeans, and wheat are substantially larger than a year ago.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Original RFS requirement still attainable
The 15 billion gallon ethanol target of the RFS is still attainable in 2016, Bruce Babcock says.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Deadline looms on Deere contract
The deadline for John Deere and the Union of Auto Workers to reach an agreement is closing in.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
E85 demand could hit 1B gallons
According to a study by Bruce Babcock and Sebastian Pouliot, demand for E85 could hit one billion gallons if the price is right.

Monday, September 28, 2015
Hog and pig margins could soften
Record inventories could soften margins for hogs and pigs.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
USDA predicting lower farm incomes
The USDA says that in addition to grain, milk and hog price are also falling. USDA predictions say farm income could fall 36% this year.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
RFS target feasible with E85
Bruce Babcock and Sebastian Pouliot say that RFS targets are attainable using E85.

Friday, September 25, 2015
China to buy equivalent of almost all Iowa soybeans
China will buy the equivalent of nearly all soybeans produced in Iowa in 2014/15.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Brandstad and Xi talk soybeans
Chad Hart talks about Governor Brandstad's meeting with China's President Xi Jinping.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Farmers may want to lock in feed at harvest
CARD economist Lee Schulz says that farmers may want to lock in next year's feed at harvest time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
ISU research farm now in 40th year
Chad Hart talks about the ISU research farm and the impact it has on area producers.

Friday, September 18, 2015
Hayes study shows impact of foreign farm support
A study by Dermot Hayes is being used to show the impact of excessive foreign farm support on US wheat prices.

Friday, September 18, 2015
Oil industry makes dire predictions for RFS
Ethanol industry leaders are dismissive of oil industry’s dire predictions for RFS.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Oil industry predictions wrong, ethanol leaders say
Ethanol leaders have dismissed dire predictions by the oil industry that the RFS would cause sever harm to the economy and US consumers.

Monday, September 14, 2015
Chad Hart talks crop economics on CBS Evening News
As a CARD economist and crop market specialist, Chad Hart has been following the ups and downs of Iowa’s crop markets for years. Hart was recently interviewed for a segment on CBS Evening News, where he spoke about the economic downturn in China and the effect it could have on Iowa’s farmers.

Monday, September 14, 2015
Grain prices could go lower
USDA has released a preliminary report, indicating large crop yields, which could drive down prices.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
China’s downturn may not affect Canadian exports
Dermot Hayes says that the economic downturn in China may not affect Canadian pork exports.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Hart says to expect lower soybean, corn prices next year
CARD economist and crop specialist Chad Hart says to expect lower corn and soybean prices not only this year, but next year, too.

Monday, August 24, 2015
China’s slowdown has implications for Iowa
With China buying approximately one-fourth of the soybeans grown in Iowa, an economic slowdown could hurt Iowa farmers.

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Commodity prices lead to bleak ag forecast
With low commodity prices and an expected bumper crop of corn and soybeans, many farmers are struggling to make a profit.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Lost Grove Lake attracting visitors
Visitors are now flocking to the newly opened Lost Grove Lake just outside the Quad Cities.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Do poultry farmers need a government bailout?
Avian flu has decimated hen populations in Iowa. Should poultry farmers get a bailout?

Monday, July 27, 2015
Senate looks to revise COOL
Members of the senate have prepared an amendment that would revise the country of origin labeling requirements.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Commodity prices still causing concern
Leaders in the farming industry are still concerned about the effects of falling commodity prices and how Iowa farmers will cope.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Farmers struggling to rebuild after bird flu outbreak
Some farmers are struggling to rebuild after being wiped out by the bird flu outbreak.

Friday, July 17, 2015
Foreign buyers eyeing US cropland
Foreign buyers are interested in purchasing US cropland, but local laws may restrict, or outright prohibit, sales.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
EU requires reform for economic boost
The EU may be in need of some reform before it can become a solid economic performer.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Hayes confident US will find a solution to ractopamine problem
Dermot Hayes says he's confident that the US will find a solution to China's ractopamine ban, which is keeping US pork out of China.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Debate on COOL overshadowed, but still going
The debate over Country of Origin Labeling has been ongoing, despite being overshadowed by TPP and TPA.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Farmers keep pushing for RFS
Farmers rallied in Kansas City to show their desire for EPA to back the RFS.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Chicken prices coming down as egg prices go up
Avian flu has brought the price of eggs up, but USDA says the price of chicken is actually coming down.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
New RFS standards will have a multitude of impacts on Iowa
Chad Hart discusses how the new RFS standards will impact Iowa.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Ractopamine still stumbling block for pork exports
Many countries, such as China, don't allow the use of ractopamine, which creates a barrier to trade.

Monday, June 1, 2015
Ethanol demand shrinking grassland
As demand for ethanol has grown, the Dakotas have seen mass conversion of grassland to corn.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Hart discusses economics of bird flu outbreak
Chad Hart discusses the economic impact of the bird flu outbreak in Iowa.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Monsanto proposes Syngenta merger
A proposed merger of Monsanto and Syngenta would create an agricultural company that would dwarf all competitors.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
NPPC pushing for House TPA approval
The National Pork Producers Council is urging the House to follow suit after the Senate approved the measure.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Pork producers push for TPA
The National Pork Producers Council is urging passage of the Trade Promotion Authority bill, which would further allow passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Monday, May 18, 2015
US pork enters new market
The US pork industry gained market access to the Republic of Macedonia. Dermot Hayes estimates the new market will translate to about $5 million for US pork producers.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Industries feeling effects of bird flu
The bird flu epidemic in Iowa has wiped out millions of birds and brought the price of breaker eggs up.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Corn planting not slowed by crop prices
Iowa farmers are moving ahead with corn planting at near-record pace, despite worries that crop prices could still fall.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Break-even may be best-case scenario
With low commodity prices and high production costs, farmers may be facing a break-even year as a best-case scenario.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Bird flu cases rising in Iowa
As bird flu cases in Minnesota have gotten sparser, they’ve increase in Iowa.

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Bird flu wreaks havoc in Iowa
The recent bird flu outbreak in Iowa has caused the destruction of 3.8 million hens at one facility alone.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Branstad talks ethanol’s impact on Iowa
Terry Branstad talks about ethanol’s impact on the Iowa economy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Will low corn prices lead to more diverse farms?
The abundance of corn coupled with lower demand has led to lower corn prices, but will that affect the cropping decisions of farmers?

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Preconditioning livestock can provide a large return on investment
Despite showing pricing advantages, Lee Schulz says that barely 60 percent of producers precondition cattle.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
No large crop shift expected in Midwest
Economist Chad Hart says he doesn’t anticipate a large number of farmers shifting from corn to soybeans this planting season.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
WTO ruling on COOL expected in May
The WTO is expected to rule in May on whether or not the US is compliant on COOL labeling. A ruling against the US could result in tariffs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Some farmers may over-apply Nitrogen
A recent study by Keri Jacobs finds that some farmers may over-estimate the benefits of applying nitrogen, and therefore over-apply it to crops.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Record demand not bringing crop prices up
Despite record-breaking demand, grain prices are still being held down by abundant supply.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Would organic feed drive up the cost of eggs?
If egg producers switched to organic corn for feed supplies, how much would the cost of eggs go up?

Monday, March 23, 2015
Examining the effectiveness of soda taxes
Some municipalities in the US have enacted soda taxes as a way to help curb obesity, but are they effective?

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ethanol debate continues
With EPA expected to announce the blending rate this spring, ethanol supporters and detractors are taking to Washington to push their agendas.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Hart sees future crop market outlook improving
Chad Hart says he sees increasing demand improving the future market outlook for crops.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Famers still struggle with corn, soybean prices
Iowa's farmers are still struggling to find good prices for corn and soybeans.

Monday, March 16, 2015
California egg case gains new merit
A case against the California egg law seemed to stall at the US District Court, but may have gained new merit.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Hog, cattle prices driving packing industry
Record cattle and hog prices have been driving the Iowa packing industry.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Advance biofuels group looks for policy changes
The Advanced Biofuels Association is looking to Congress for policy changes to level the field with corn ethanol.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
CARD researcher improving Ghana’s agricultural policy
CARD researcher John Beghin has joined a support project that aims to improve agricultural policy in Ghana.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Beef prices could climb higher
Beef prices have jumped about 19 percent over last year, and they could climb another 5-6 percent this year.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Dropping commodity prices means rising farm bill cost
Commodity prices will almost certainly increase the cost of the farm bill in its first year, but it could still even out in the end.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Livestock industry faces growing lawsuits
The livestock industry has come under fire recently for their negative environmental impact.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Crop marketing helps manage risk
Crop marketing can help farmers manage risk and, Chad Hart says, can help protect revenue.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Farm payment projections on the rise
The cost of the 2014 farm bill looks to be rising this year, as falling commodity prices induce more payouts to farmers.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Farmers facing income drop
Farmers may be facing large drops in income due to falling commodity prices.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Farmer’s choices will impact taxpayers
The cost of the farm may grow by $1.5 billion annually depending on which programs farmers choose to enroll in.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Cattle growth faster than expected
Economist Lee Schulz says that expansion of the cattle market was expected, but moving faster than predicted.

Monday, February 2, 2015
Ethanol industry critical of WRI paper
Leaders of the ethanol industry are critical of a report issued by the World Resources Institute that is rehashing the "food vs. fuel" debate.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ethanol industry facing good and bad news
Chad Hart says ethanol producers are facing both good and bad news as corn and oil prices drop.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
2015 could be a rough year: Hart
Chad Hart says he expects to see corn prices below the cost of production in 2015, unless some acres are taken out of production.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
TPP could bolster pork industry
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could provide a boon to the pork industry in Iowa.

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Farmers should watch for early marketing opportunities
Chad Hart told Corn and Soybean Digest that farmers may want to watch for early marketing opportunities for 2015 corn.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ohio corn, soybean yield up, prices down
Corn and soybeans yields were both up in Ohio in 2014, but lower prices meant some farmers still struggled.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ethanol margins falter slightly in 2014
According to the CARD ethanol operating margins report, ethanol margins fell slightly in 2014.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Hart pens article for Ethanol Producer Magazine
CARD economist Chad Hart authored an article about the global impact of fluctuating corn supply and demand.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Iowa biodiesel production drops in 2014
Production of biodiesel in Iowa dropped slightly in 2014. Bruce Babcock says EPA and Congress are to blame.

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Pork producers increase inventory by two percent
Good prices have reportedly led to a two percent increase in hog inventories over last year.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Ethanol ends year on high point
The ethanol industry ended 2014 on a high point, despite smaller margins and lower gas prices.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Yields, prices break records in Iowa
Some crop yields and commodity prices set new records for Iowa in 2014.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Farmers, companies sue Syngenta
Several farmers and Iowa companies have filed suit against Syngenta over a seed that was rejected for use in China, costing some a loss of business. Chad Hart says many are just seeking clarification on the seed approval procedure.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Egg prices could increase by twenty percent
California's new hen law could raise the price of eggs by as much as 20%, according to Dermot Hayes.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Farmers could see less benefit if fuel prices continue falling
The benefits farmers receive from falling fuel prices could shrink as the price of crops goes down.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Where should farmers start marketing 2015 corn?
Where should farmers start marketing 2015 corn based on 2014 prices? Chad Hart speaks with Corn and Soybean Digest.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Trade with Cuba could affect Iowa corn growers
Relaxing trade restrictions with Cuba could have a positive effect on Iowa's farmers, according to a research paper written for CARD in 2003.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
How the ARC program works
Chad Hart helps provide information about how the ARC program can work for farmers.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Consumer egg prices could jump in next few months
Consumers could be facing higher egg prices in the next few months as a new California law comes into effect.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Corn, soybean demand rising
A recent report by the USDA shows demand for corn and soybeans rising.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Could crop prices drive producers to organic?
The Des Moines Register examines whether falling crop prices could have producers turning to organic crops.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Legislation by lawsuit could be coming for RFS
Bruce Babcock says that the Renewable Fuel Standard could be decided by "legislation by lawsuit."

Monday, December 8, 2014
RFA cites CARD study in call for land use adjustment
Citing a report by Babcock and Iqbal, the Renewable Fuels Association is calling on the California Air Resource Board to reassess their indirect land use change assessment.

Monday, December 8, 2014
How corn plays into the global food picture
The US grows more than 40% of the world’s corn, but most of it isn’t consumed by humans. Bruce Babcock weighs in on corn’s role in the global food supply.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
2015 could be more of the same for corn, soybeans
Chad Hart talks with the Globe Gazette about the future of corn and soybean prices.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Crops could return to seasonal cycle
A good crop of corn and soybeans could help drive prices back into their typical seasonal cycle.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Jensen, Beghin discuss sugar tax
Voters in Berkeley, California approved a tax on soft drinks in November, making them the first municipality in the US to pass such a measure in an attempt to fight rising obesity rates. While the tax is well-intentioned, two CARD economists, Helen Jensen and John Beghin, say they question whether it will be effective. The duos skepticism of the tax dates back to 2011, when they studied such policies and wrote an article for Contemporary Economic Policy that concluded the tax would be more effective if it were directed at processors, not consumers.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Are cattle herds expanding?
Lee Schulz talks with Iowa Farmer Today about the expansion of Iowa's cattle herds.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Reversal of fortune could cost farmers $2.6 billion
As grain prices come down, economist Chad Hart notes that production losses could total $2.6 billion in Iowa alone.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Delays frustrate ethanol producers
As the EPA has reduced biofuel mandates and delayed rulings, some ethanol producers have become frustrated with an uncertain future.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Crop prices may lag in 2015
Chad Hart reports to that low crop prices may persist in 2015.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Crop insurance payments flow despite record harvest
Bruce Babcock says that crop insurance plans will still pay out to some farmers this year, despite record corn harvests.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Crop exports could increase prices
Chad Hart discusses the outlook for crop exports in 2014.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
US pork and beef exports both up slightly
Lee Schulz says that US pork and beef exports have both edged up slightly--just under two percent.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Producers back new limits on Mexico sugar
US sugar producers are backing new limits on sugar imports from Mexico, in a move that some say undermines NAFTA.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Early snow could reduce corn crop
Early and significant snowfall in some upper Midwest states could drive total corn crop down.

Friday, November 7, 2014
With dwindling discount E85 becomes less attractive
Ethanol's discount to gasoline has shrunk, which makes fuels like E85 less attractive to producers and investors.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Iowa now more entrenched in egg battle
Iowa has become even more entrenched in a battle with California over egg production. Brandstad said Iowa will be among states to appeal U.S. District Court decision.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Falling gas prices put a dent in ethanol margins
Falling gas prices have put a dent in ethanol margins, but producers still expect to see profits this year.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
US pork exports expected to grow in 2015
Dermot Hayes says that conditions are favorable for US pork exports to grow by about five percent next year.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Low harvest time prices fit historical patterns
Low crop prices at harvest time, and higher prices in the spring, that farmers are seeing now are more akin to the historical pattern, Chad Hart says.

Monday, October 13, 2014
For China corn production doesn’t equal food security
China has been looking to expand its corn production, but Dermot Hayes says increased production doesn’t necessarily equate to better food security.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
China’s pork market could transform Iowa industry
Dermot Hayes says it's "only a matter of time" before China’s pork market opens up further.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Hart advises vigilance in grain marketing
Grain marketing will be difficult with record-breaking crops expected. Chad Hart says that prices are below estimated cost of production, so farmers should be vigilant in marketing.

Monday, October 6, 2014
California egg law could hinder free trade
A California law that goes into effect in 2015 could make it more difficult for Iowans to sell their eggs in California. Dermot Hayes says that the law will open the door for states to start putting up barriers to free trade.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Futures up for livestock farmers, down for grain farmers
Bruce Babcock talks with The Gazette about the reversal of farm fortunes--livestock farmers are looking to come out ahead, but the opposite is true for grain farmers.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Nebraska corn drops below $1.80/bu
Chad Hart says that a wide basis problem is causing corn prices in Nebraska to go as low as $1.80/bu. The problem, he says, may soon spread further than Nebraska.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Did EPA mislead ethanol producers?
Chad Hart talks with the Des Moines Register about Governor Branstad's assertion that the EPA mislead ethanol producers.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Could the US be ready for cellulosic ethanol?
A new cellulosic ethanol plant came online in Emmetsburg, IA this week, but is legislation in the US conducive to a new biofuel? Babcock and Pouliot say we need legislative changes first.

Monday, September 1, 2014
Free trade expansion in China could impact US agriculture
Dermot Hayes has certainly been busy explaining China's possible impact on US agriculture. This article is with Farm Futures magazine.

Monday, September 1, 2014
China could still boost US agriculture
Legislation in the US and China, PEDv, and African swine fever have all had an impact on pork markets worldwide. Despite all the recent concerns and changes, Dermot Hayes says that China is still in place to have a large impact on US agriculture, at the least, as their need for pork products and feedstock increase.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Will corn and soybean farmers break even?
Far removed from the market highs of yesteryear, Chad Hart says that in some cases the price of corn and soybeans may fall below production costs.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Changes in China have big potential for US
China's changes in free trade policies have the potential to impact US agriculture in a pretty big way. Dermot Hayes talks with Drovers CattleNetwork.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hart: “We need to be smart in cost savings”
With corn and soybean prices hovering around the break-even point, Chad Hart says farmers need to be smart about what kind of cost savings they look for.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Is Mexico dumping sugar in the US?
US sugar growers say that Mexico is dumping sugar in the US--selling for less here than they do there. John Beghin discusses the sugar market and US legislation that keep sugar prices here higher than the rest of the world.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Farmers hoping rain will boost crops
Farmers in eastern Iowa are hoping to get rain in the next few weeks to help boost their yields by the end of the season. Chad Hart talks with KWWL Channel 7.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Kling discusses “dead zone”
Cathy Kling, Nancy Rabalais, and Eugene Turner discuss the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Corn expected to surpass 14 billion bushels
Chad Hart talks with the Washington Post about USDA predicting a record-breaking 14 billion bushel corn crop this year.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Crop margins could fall into negative range
Economist Chad Hart told farmers that supply has outpaced demand for corn and soybeans, which could lead to lower crop margins.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Higher prices could push consumers away from meat
Concerns such as drought conditions and PEDv have reduced supplies and pushed consumer prices of meat products up. Helen Jensen says that higher prices will push some consumers to choose cheaper cuts of meat, and some consumers will forgo it all together.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Crops still doing well
Despite the slide in the market, Chad Hart says that crops are still doing well.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
US ethanol exports growing
The US has had a watershed year in ethanol production. Despite the blend wall, US producers have stepped up production to meet growing worldwide demand for ethanol, and Chad Hart says China could further increase the need for US ethanol.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Farm bill focus of $50 million in lobbying
Bruce Babcock discusses the $50 million in lobbying that helped shape the 2014 farm bill.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
The hidden costs of the USDA sugar program
What's the current market price of sugar in the US? Does about $3.5 billion per year sound right? John Beghin and Amani Elobeid help reveal the hidden costs of the USDA sugar program.

Monday, July 14, 2014
Hart discusses row crop production and rural land demand
Chad Hart talks with NPR about row crop production and the high demand for rural land.

Friday, July 11, 2014
USDA report brings down crop prices
Chad Hart discusses what caused a drop in crop prices this July.

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Babcock: “EPA is not an advocate for agriculture”
The relationship between farmers and the Environmental Protection Agency has often times been tenuous. Bruce Babcock is among the experts that weigh in on why that is.

Monday, June 30, 2014
Hart says soybean increase due to land return
A US Department of Agriculture report shows that Iowa has 10.1 million acres of soybeans planted this year. Chad Hart explains to the Des Moines Register why that is.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Underwater acres affect planting estimates
Chad Hart says he expects USDA analysts to count currently-underwater acres of soybeans and corn to count toward total planted acreage in the US; however, they will likely account for the loss in the July report.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
US could take advantage of offal demand in China
Dermot Hayes says that the US could take advantage of China's demand for offal, which could drive down prices of other products in the US.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Corn stocks are growing, soybeans decreasing
Whatever the reason, corn stocks have been building but soybeans stocks are smaller than last year. Chad Hart weighs in on why that might be.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Farm income drops
Chad Hart talks to the Des Moines Register about falling farm income.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Professor and researcher-Beghin makes an impact
A profile of CARD researcher John Beghin by Iowa EPSCoR.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Gasoline, ethanol and economic policy
A profile of CARD researcher Sebastien Pouliot by Iowa EPSCoR. Details Pouliot's work on ethanol policy research.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Could corn production be more sustainable?
Some organizations have been calling on farmers in the corn industry to use more sustainable practices. Bruce Babcock explains to the Des Moines Register why companies buying corn may not know much about how it was grown.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tyson/Hillshire merger may raise consumer prices
Chad Hart is among the experts saying that a Tyson/Hillshire merger could drive up consumer prices.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
PEDv could take a bite out of pork industry
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) could cause as much as a 7% reduction in US hog production this year. The federal government has announced plans to invest as much as $30 million in controlling the disease. Dermot Hayes talks with USA Today about the current state of the industry.

Friday, June 6, 2014
Hayes optimistic about pork exports despite PEDv
Dermot Hayes tells The Pig Site that pork exports were stable from 2011 to 2013, and that he's optimistic about the 2014 production year despite the possibility of a PEDv-related production drop.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Hayes helps outline pork export trends
While Russia’s pork imports from the US have dropped significantly, Singapore has seen a massive increase in imports. Dermot Hayes speaks with Pork Network to lay out current trends in the industry.

Monday, March 17, 2014
Hart says US on track for record soybean exports
Agricultural economist Chad Hart recently spoke to the High Plains Journal about the expected increase in US soybean acres in 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2014
Hayes talks with Iowa State Daily about upcoming crop season
Iowa's winter was relatively long, cold, and dry. Dermot Hayes spoke with the Iowa State Daily about how the winter weather might affect Iowa's crops during the growing season.

Friday, March 14, 2014
Babcock talks crop insurance subsidies and the farm bill
CARD economist Bruce Babcock talks with Reuters about crop insurance subsidies in the 2014 farm bill.

Friday, March 7, 2014
US corn and wheat stocks to increase
Chad Hart discusses with Farm Journal where ending stocks of corn, soybeans, and wheat may go.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ukraine turmoil could affect crop markets
In a Des Moines Register article, Chad Hart says that the turmoil in Ukraine could impact world grain markets and lead to higher crop prices.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Food stamp recipients affected by 2014 farm bill
The 2014 farm bill will have a huge impact on Iowa's economy, but Helen Jensen says that food stamp recipients in certain states will also be affected by how their utility assistance provisions are handled.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Palm oil production will affect soybean oil prices
A large increase in palm oil production will keep a lid on how high soybean and soybean oil prices can go, Chad Hart says.

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Babcock talks farm bill and subsidies
Economist Bruce Babcock spoke about "windfall" payouts and farm subsidies.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Hart: lower corn, soybean prices, likely lower revenue
Chad Hart talks with Iowa Farmer Today about how lower corn and soybean prices could likely lead to lower revenue guarantees for farmers.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Iowa farmers can get some forms of forage insurance
When it comes to forage insurance, there’s good news and bad news for Iowa farmers. They good: there are some types of forage insurance available. The bad: there are some types that aren’t available here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Commodity Challenge provides students with insight
Chad Hart has been employing a new tool, the Commodity Challenge, to teach students about marketing and selling crops.

Monday, February 17, 2014
Kling featured in nutrient runoff video
CARD director Cathy Kling has been involved in nutrient runoff reduction strategy research for years. She's featured in the video at the bottom of the article.

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Babcock weighs in on RFS reduction
Bruce Babcock spoke with Ethanol Producer Magazine about EPA's proposed rule that would allow a reduction in biofuel mandates.

Friday, February 14, 2014
Hart says farmers will need to know farm bill well
With the farm bill becoming law on Feb. 7, Chad Hart says farmers need to know the farm bill because they have "a lot of choices to make."

Friday, February 14, 2014
Farm bill doesn’t benefit consumers
CARD economist Bruce Babcock told the Iowa State Daily that farm bill subsidies for products like rice and catfish won’t lead to lower prices for consumers.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Is farmland price boom ending?
Could the farmland price boom be coming to an end? CARD economist Chad Hart sees signs that farmland prices, and farm income, will be dropping over the next year-and-a-half.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hart talks about benefits of short-dated options
Economist Chad Hart spoke with Iowa Farmer Today, saying that short-dated options can decrease costs by reducing the amount of time premium with the options.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Foodstamps and the 2014 farm bill
CARD economist Helen Jensen recently spoke with KUNC radio in Colorado about the unsteady union of the farm bill and the SNAP program.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Hart comments on change from direct farmer payments
Economist Chad Hart told Harvest Public Media that a change in how subsidies are handled in the 2014 farm bill would make it hard to predict how much the program will cost each year.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Babcock defends RFS at ‘hearing in the heartland’
Iowa State economist Bruce Babcock was among those who spoke in defense of the Renewable Fuel Standard at the Hearing in the Heartland on January 30. Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were also among those speaking. Babcock has done research on ethanol and gas prices with fellow economist Sebastien Pouliot, and Babcock reiterated their findings that the RFS requirements are not raising gas prices for consumers.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Report about farm bill references Babcock’s research
The Fiscal Times wrote an article about the farm bill that contains a reference to earlier research by Bruce Babcock.

Monday, January 27, 2014
Hart: corn, soybeans back to “break even”
CARD economist Chad Hart told attendees of the Crop Advantage Conference in Mason City that crop margins would tighten in 2014, bringing back a “break even” period for corn and soybeans.

Monday, January 27, 2014
Ethanol Producer Magazine sums Pouliot and Babcock paper on ethanol impact
Ethanol Producer Magazine summarizes Sebastien Pouliot and Bruce Babcock's paper examining the impact ethanol mandates have on pump prices.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Pouliot speaks about Iowa Legislature resolution
CARD economist Sebastien Pouliot recently spoke with the Iowa State Daily about the Iowa Legislature calling for the federal government to abandon cutting back on RFS mandates.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Babcock: “If you use EPA’s logic we’ll never move beyond blend wall”
As EPA continues to adjust RFS requirements it becomes evident that the blend wall issue is here to stay--at least for now. Bruce Babcock talks to Iowa Public Radio about the implications.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
USDA raises corn, soybean demand: Hart
Ag economist Chad Hart talks with Iowa Farmer Today about the USDA increasing demand for corn and soybeans, why it was done, and what it means for farmers.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Hart talks 2013 crop production report
Need to know more about 2013 crop production or what to possibly expect next year? Chad Hart and the Iowa Soybean Association talk with KMA Radio about the USDA 2013 Crop Production Report.

Friday, January 10, 2014
CARD researchers say ethanol can overcome the ‘blend wall’
Bruce Babcock and Sebastian Pouliot detailed ways in which ethanol production and consumption in the US could reach beyond the so-called 'blend wall.' Both have been interviewed multiple times about the subject since. The original CARD paper is at

Friday, January 10, 2014
Hart: expect lower grain prices
ISU Extension economist Chad Hart says that grain prices should be lower than last year due to demand not keeping up with 2013 production levels. Read about the benefits and the drawbacks.

Friday, January 10, 2014
Babcock garners attention with insurance subsidy stance
Bruce Babcock recently worked on a report commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, and found that the crop insurance subsidy program provided a "windfall" of payments following the 2012 drought in Iowa. Babcock concluded that the program overpaid farmers by about $7.2 billion. The analysis has gained a lot of attention from local and national media. Another story from

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Smithfield pushing to end sow gestation crates
Pork production giant Smithfield is pushing to end the use of sow gestation crates. Ending the use of gestation crates could lead to higher pork prices, but will consumers want to pay? Follow the link to see what economist Chad Hart had to say about it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
CARD to take over annual land value survey
CARD faculty will be taking over the annual land value survey when ISU Extension economist Mike Duffy retires. Duffy has administered the survey since 1986, but starting with the 2014 survey, CARD will be handling the administrative work.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Babcock: SCO could lead to overpayment of farm losses
CARD economist Bruce Babcock says the new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), which would cover "shallow losses" for crop farmers could lead to overpayment to farmers with crop losses.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Hart talks about lack of new farm bill
Congress still hasn't settled on a farm bill, meaning that farmers will be operating without one for the second year in a row. Click the link to see ISU Extension economist Chad Hart had to say to Missouri Public Radio about it.

Monday, December 23, 2013
How do prices and peers influence eating behavior?
CARD economist Helen Jensen et al. recently released a paper examining how things such as food prices, peer influences, and parent affect consumption of fruits and vegetables among African-American youths.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Corn demand should be good
Radio Iowa spoke with economist Chad Hart about how the record corn crop production looks against the estimated demand. Hart said that demand should be good for this year.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hart says to expect lower grain prices in 2014
Speaking with, CARD economist Chad Hart said that farmers should be expecting "break-even pricing" in the grain market now and possibly for the next five years.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Paper by Babcock and Zhou spurs discussion of reduced biofuel mandates and corn prices
An early-November working paper by CARD economists Bruce Babcock and Wei Zhou has helped spur the national discussion on corn prices and a reduction of Renewable Fuels Standard obligations. Babcock and Zhou have found that a reduction in RFS obligations would result only in "modest" effects on corn prices.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Hart explains possibility of lower future soybean prices
Extension economist Chad Hart weighs in on future soybean prices in a Corn and Soybean Digest article. Hart explains that a number of factors, including increased production in South America, could lead to lower prices in the future.

Thursday, November 7, 2013
RIN price study gaining more attention
CARD economists Bruce Babcock Sebastian Pouliot recently released a paper outlining flaws in the idea that the renewable fuel standard mandates will lead to higher ethanol prices. The paper has been gaining considerable media attention in recent months.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Babcock and Pouliot’s work cited in RFS discussion
Recent CARD papers by Sebastian Pouliot and Bruce Babcock have been promoting discussion about the Renewable Fuels Standard, the so-called ethanol “blend wall,” and the American Petroleum Institute’s assessment that the RFS standard will inevitably lead to higher fuel prices.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Cedar Rapids Gazette quotes Babcock on effects of SCO
Bruce Babcock’s analysis of the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) was cited in an article by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, which indicated that SCO could cause “windfall” payments to some farmers.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Babcock SCO analysis cited
Bruce Babcock was cited in an article by Drovers Cattle Network that focused on the farm bill, crop insurance subsidies, and Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). An analysis by Babcock is discussed which showed adding SCO on top of subsidized crop insurance policies could result in payouts to farmers that suffered little to no financial loss.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Crop insurance rebuttals
Critics like Iowa State University economist Bruce Babcock argue crop insurance overhead and premiums subsidies are bloated. In a recent study for the Environmental Working Group, he contends that the harvest-price adjustment used in popular revenue insurance products more than doubled the cost of 2012's claims.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Crop insurance subsidies encourage farmers to buy too much coverage: economist
Agricultural economist Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University said lush subsidies encourage farmers to buy high levels of coverage and ultimately drive up the cost to taxpayers. Crop insurance has zoomed in cost in the past decade and is now the most expensive part of the farm safety net.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bruce Babcock discusses U.S. agriculture and drought disaster on the The Colbert Report
Iowa farmers prepare to face death panels thanks to federal crop insurance, or Obamacare for corn.