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Department News

Recent publications by Huffman

Wallace Huffman, professor, had an article published in the most recent issue of Choices, a publication of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. In “New Insights on the Impacts of Public Agricultural Research and Extension,” Huffman states that given the established importance of investing in agricultural research and extension, those engaged in the public agricultural science and agricultural extension policy debates need up- to-date estimates of the expected returns on investment of public funds in both of these activities.

New Publication: Wallace Huffman, “Issues in GM and Non-GM Coexistence: A United States Perspective.” EuroChoices (Special Issue on GMO Coexistence) 15(April 2016): 69-73.

Recent publication by Zhang

Spatial Heterogeneity, Accessibility, and Zoning: An Empirical Investigation of Leapfrog Development, Journal of Economic Geography, first published online April 5, 2016 doi:10.1093/ jeg/lbw007

Recent publication by Swenson

The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments, and Choices, a report from the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, includes David Swenson, associate scientist contributing as an author.

Spring 2016 Alumni Newsletter available

The Spring 2016 Department of Economics Alumni Newsletter Update is now available online.

Soil Management Conference a success

The 89th Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference took place on May 18. More than 280 farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers, ag lenders and others attended this year’sconference.

Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative fosters business startups

Kevin Kimle, senior lecturer and director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, has assisted in the creation and development of Ag Startup Engine, which is a private-sector entity.

Award recipients

Miranowski named AAEA Fellow

The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee has selected John A. Miranowski to be honored as a 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Fellow.

Kimle receives achievement award

Kevin Kimle, senior lecturer, has been given the ISU Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa. The award is a reflection of his commitment to Iowa State, his professional reputation, and the esteem of his peers.

Kling named to President's Chair in Environmental Economics

President Steven Leath has named Catherine Kling to the President’s Chair in Environmental Economics for her exemplary performance and contributions to natural resources and environmental economics. Kling was honored April 15 at a medallion ceremony during the ISU Foundation Governors luncheon.

Lence, Hart named exemplary mentors

Each spring, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary mentoring of junior faculty. Sergio Lence, professor and Marlin Cole Chair of International Agricultural Economics, and Chad Hart, associate professor, and have been selected as exemplary mentors for the 2015-16 academic year.

Wintersteen honored

Dean of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Wendy Wintersteen was presented the Distinguished Service to Iowa Agriculture Award by the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Wintersteen was recognized for her leadership in the growth of undergraduate education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, serving the state as an extension specialist and being a “champion for the students, faculty and staff in the college and for the agricultural industry in Iowa.”

Student award recipients

The Iowa State student chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association was awarded 1st place for Outstanding Student Chapter at the 2016 National Agri-Marketing conference.

Iowa State University student teams won the overall sweepstakes award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 14-16, 2016.

In Memoriam

Emeritus Professor George Wells Ladd, 91, died May 22, 2016.

Darnell Smith, 64, former employee of the Economics Department for many years, died May 17, 2016.

Ron Prescott, 59, long-time employee of the Department of Economics, died May 14, 2016.