Wendong Zhang · Assistant Professor of Economics
Iowa State University
478C Heady Hall
518 Farm House Lane
Ames, IA 50011-1054
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Dr. Wendong Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Extension Economist at ISU. As an applied economist, he is interested in land use, land management, land values and land ownership in the agro-ecosystem, as well as the interplay between agriculture and the environment.
Wendong leads the annual Iowa Land Value survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, as well as the ISU Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference. He is also the lead researcher for the new, interactive Iowa Land Value Portal.
Wendong received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015, and he also holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Fudan University in China.
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Wendong Zhang provides farmers timely advice about seed company loans and operational financing in Wallace's Farmer.
Wendong Zhang was interviewed for a Farm Futures article about the U.S.-China trade dispute and where it stands after six months.
Wendong Zhang contributes to Wallaces Farmers Timely Tips about farm succession.
Wendong Zhang's presentation at Mid America CropLife Association annual meeting was used in a Crop Life article about agriculture in China and the US.
Wendong Zhang provides tips on hiring a full-time farm employee.
A study by Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina was utilized for an article in Iowa Farmer Today.
Wendong Zhang provides answers to questions from readers of Wallaces Farmer.
Wendong Zhang was interviewed by KUNC radio about the US/China trade dispute.
A research article by Minghao Li, Wendong Zhang, and Chad Hart is utilized in a Successful Farming story.
Wendong Zhang discusses the farmland ownership survey with the Estherville News.
Wendong Zhang is quoted in an Ames Tribune article about the farmland ownership survey.
Wendong Zhang discusses the results of the farmland ownership survey with Radio Iowa.
Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina contribute to Wallaces Farmer’s Timely Tips.
The Iowa Farmland Ownership Tenure Survey shows average age of Iowa’s farmland owners is creeping up.
Wendong Zhang contributes to Wallaces Farmer Timely Tips on cash rent farms.
Survey respondents at the Iowa State University Soil Management Land Value conference showed optimism about land values in the near future.
“The agricultural community is at odds on how much they should really be worrying about a trade war as a result of previous and impending tariffs.”
If China places a tariff on US soybeans it will hurt Chinese consumers as well as US farmers.
China may be considering a tariff on soybeans from the United States.
About 26% of US pork is sold in export markets, which has farmers worried.
“Pork, one of the 128 U.S. exports that China slapped with tariffs of up to 25%, represents a major part of the $100 billion American livestock industry.”
“China’s tariffs on U.S. goods took effect Monday and include pork imports, which could create significant financial trouble for Iowa producers.”
China’s retaliatory tariffs on pork and ethanol are creating more pressure on Iowa’s farmers.
“China’s decision to up its tariffs on 128 U.S. products, pork included, worried producers and rippled through the stock market.”
“At current prices, grain farmers are unlikely to make money if the record-high yields of 2017 retreat to average levels.”
Wendong Zhang, Alejandro Plastina, and Chad Hart offer advice to Wallace’s Farmer readers.
ISU Land Value Survey shows that most farmland sales stay local.
Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina offer tips to Wallace’s Farmer readers.
A US farmer has become a sought-after precision farming ambassador in China.
Wendong Zhang offers advice to farmers looking to share labor.
Wendong Zhang answers questions from readers of Iowa Farmer Today.
Wendong Zhang talks with reporters from Iowa Farmer Today about his life in Iowa.
Wendong Zhang answers farmer’s questions for Wallace’s Farmer readers.
Wendong Zhang explains why the current farm downturn shouldn’t be a repeat of the 80s.
Economist Wendong Zhang says he is currently cautious about claims that farmland value is turning around.
Zhang says there are several factors that should alleviate fears of another 1980s farm crisis.
Dave Kanicki examines what “normal” means in context of agricultural crises.
Cathy Kling and Wendong Zhang contribute Business Record’s 2017 Economic Forecast.
Farmland sales volume may be helping keep farmland prices up.
Continued problems in Argentina are providing a price spike for US soybeans.
This year's Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference predicted average crop prices and a slight decline in land values.
ISU’s oldest conference to discuss issues related to soil management and land valuation.
The state's agland realtors say the average price has now dropped 8.7 percent in the last year.
Non-operator landlords could be an under-utilized group when it comes to cleaning up Iowa's waterways.
Iowa Banking Magazine discusses the drop in farmland values with Wendong Zhang.
Wendong Zhang discusses the root of his career with Iowa Farm Bureau magazine.
The recently-released Iowa State Extension land value survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state.
North Iowa farmland value took the biggest hit this year, according to the 2015 Iowa Land Value Survey.
The recently released Iowa State Extension land values survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state.
Iowa State University recently released the results of its annual land value survey.
Iowa farmland values fell in back-to-back years for the first time this century as farmers adjust to declining farm incomes.
The rainy, gloomy weather starting off the week did little to brighter Monday's land value survey report released in Ames.
After years of red hot gains, farmland values in Northwest Iowa continue to cool, according to a new survey.
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.
Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year's survey.
Iowa farmland values have now fallen for two consecutive years.
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.
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.
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.
For the third year in a row, Scott and Decatur counties reported the highest and lowest farmland values, respectively.
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.
Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre—having dropped in value for the second consecutive year.
The annual Iowa State University farmland survey finds value of an acre of Iowa farmland dropped 3.9 percent compared to last year.
“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.
The Omaha World Herald discusses the drop in Iowa farmland values with Wendong Zhang.
Iowa State University’s annual survey of Iowa farmland values shows a nearly four percent decline over the past year.
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.
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.
The value of an average acre of good Iowa farmland has fallen for the second consecutive year, according to a survey released Monday.
Iowa farmland values have fallen 3.9% since last year's study.
Iowa farmland values have fallen for the second year in a row.
89th ASFMRA Annual Conference, Chandler, AZ
Wendong Zhang, LeeAnn Moss
Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina
ISU Alumni Center
Wendong Zhang and Chad Hart
Iowa Institute of Cooperatives Summer Workshop Huxley, Iowa
Security Savings Bank 2018 Spring Ag Update Meeting, Eagle Grove, Iowa
USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Arlington, Virginia
Farmland Owners Workshop, Altoona, Iowa
Iowa AgriBiz Showcase and Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
Growmark Invision Grower Meeting, Tama, Iowa
Wendong Zhang and Dermot Hayes
ASFMRA Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting 2018 Ames, Iowa
2018 Land Investment Expo West Des Moines, Iowa
2018 Farm Futures Summit, Coralville, Iowa
2017 Pro-Ag Outlook
Guest Lecture for FIN 450X: Real Estate Analysis, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Wendong Zhang, Sergio H. Lence, and Todd Kuethe
National Agricultural Credit Meeting / NC-1177 Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panelist for Iowa Ideas 2017 Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2017 Ag Law Seminar, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Ames, Iowa
Iowa Institute of Cooperatives Summer Workshop, Huxley, Iowa
2017 Ag Credit School, Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa
John D. Lawrence and Wendong Zhang
Presentation to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Trade Promotion Center delegation, Ames, Iowa
Current Trends in U.S. Farm Income, Farm Income Volatility, and Farmland Values: What’s the story?, USDA Economist’s Group & C-FARE
ANR Crops and Agricultural Enginnering Spring In-Service
Guest Lecture for FIN 450X: Analytical Methods in Finance, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
2017 Farmland Owners Workshop, Altoona, Iowa
2017 Iowa AgBiz Showcase & Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
Guest Lecture for Econ 235: Agricultural Firms, Markets and Prices, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Mutual Insurance Agents of Iowa (MIAI) Global Agriculture Conference, Ames, Iowa
U.S. Bank 2017 Ag Summit
2017 Crop Advantage Series, Okoboji and Davenport, Iowa
2017 Crop Advantage Series, Sheldon and Okoboji, Iowa
ISU Alumni Center, Ames, Iowa
2016 Agri-Investor Forum, Chicago, Illinois
National Agricultural Credit Committee/NC-1177 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado
Iowa State University Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program Colloquium, Ames, Iowa
27th Integrated Crop Management Conference of ISU, Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa