Research Briefs from the ISU Department of Economics

AgDM Newsletter
September 2012

AAEA recognizes diversity of department talent

The Department of Economics at Iowa State University was honored through numerous rec­ognitions at the recent Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2012 Awards & Fellows Recognition Ceremony in Seattle, Wash­ington, August 12-14.

John Schroeter, department interim chair and pro­fessor of economics, said, “I was able to attend the awards program in Seattle and had the pleasure of seeing several of our department’s faculty and staff recognized for accomplishments in a broad range of categories. It was a very nice tribute to both the quality and the diversity of the work that we do in agricultural and applied economics.”

Awardees include the following:

  • Professor Helen Jensen - AAEA Fellow
  • Professor Brent Kreider (shared award with two co-authors) - Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy Article Award
  • Professor GianCarlo Moschini - Quality of Communication Award
  • Professor Wallace Huffman - Quality of Communication Award (Honorable Mention)
  • Professors Joseph Herriges, Catherine Kling, Dan Otto; John Downing (ISU) and Kevin Egan (University of Toledo) - Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis
  • Farm management team members Tim Eggers, J. Bob Wells and Kelvin Leibold (shared with others from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois) - Distinguished Exten­sion/Outreach Program Award
  • Agricultural Business Club - Outstanding Un­dergraduate Club and Academic Quiz Bowl Champions

The AAEA, formerly the American Agricultural Economics Association, is the main professional association serving the interests of members work­ing in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics.


New report by Eathington/Swenson explores impacts of drought on Iowa’s economy

With all of Iowa’s counties considered to be in severe drought and a third suffering exceptional drought conditions, what are the anticipated impacts on Iowa’s economy? Dave Swenson, associate scientist with the Department of Economics, and Liesel Eathington, director of Iowa Community Indicators Program (ICIP), have prepared a brief through Iowa State University Extension and Out­reach designed to address the potential outcomes. To learn more, go to: