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Department News

Farm decision tool updated

The decision tool "Iowa Cash Rents by Land Quality" on the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development’s (CARD) website has been updated with 2017 data.

ISU team takes 2nd place in national banking competition

Iowa State’s team was awarded second place in the Community Bank Case Study Competition sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. Thirty-three teams from universities across the country competed.

Zhang hosts 90th Soil Management conference

The 90th annual Soil Management and Land Value Conference, the longest-running ISU conference, was held Wednesday, May 17 at the Scheman Building, and is sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Weninger, Jacobs win USDA grant

Quinn Weninger, professor, and Keri Jacobs, assistant professor, have been awarded a two-year grant totaling $196, 257 from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Edwards named interim director of two centers

William Edwards, emeritus professor, has been named interim director of two extension-focused centers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - the Beginning Farmer Center and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation.

Schulz, Artz, Edwards publish articles

A new on-line journal, Journal of Applied Farm Economics, is being published by the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University. Two  of the articles in Volume 1, Issue 1, are "Succession Planning and Perceived Obstacles and Attractions for Future Generations Entering Beef Cattle Production," by Lee Schulz, Georgeanne Artz and Patrick Gunn, and "How Much is That Farm Really Worth - A Comparison of Three Land Purchase Analysis Tools," by William Edwards.

Lawrence interim VP for ISU Extension and Outreach

John Lawrence, CALS associate dean and director of extension and outreach, has been named interim vice president of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Lawrence will succeed Cathann Kress, who is leaving to accept a dean position at The Ohio State University.

Keiser publishes in Journal of Public Economics

David Keiser, assistant professor, has published a paper in the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Public Economics. The paper studies the effectiveness of recent bans on phosphates in household automatic dishwasher detergents. It is co-authored with Alex Cohen. "The effectiveness of incomplete and overlapping pollution regulation: Evidence from bans on phosphate in automatic dishwasher detergent"

ISU Extension and Outreach provide help video

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with Iowa Mediation Service to create "Understanding Farm Mediation," a video providing information and tips to help farmers better understand the mediation process.

Jacobs featured in co-op video series

Keri Jacobs, assistant professor, is featured in a five- part video series focusing on the history and function of co-ops that is now available through a partnership with the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives.

Swenson, Eathington conduct SAVE study

David Swenson, associate scientist, and Liesl Eathington, assistant scientist conducted a study with Mack Shelley for the Iowa Association of School Boards. They analyzed how school districts used Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds.

Keiser publishes water quality paper

David Keiser, assistant professor, recently published the working paper, "Consequences of the Clean Water Act and the Demand for Water Quality." This paper is part of the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series.

Kling named to EPA Scientific Advisory Committee

Catherine Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor, and Matthew Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, were nominated to the Agricultural Science Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

Recent publication by Feng, Hayes

Feng, Xiaoguang and Hayes, D.J. (2016), "Diversifying systemic risk in agriculture".

Award recipients

Artz, Jacobs, Boessen publication receives award

Georgeanne Artz, assistant professor, Keri Jacobs, assistant professor, and Christian Boessen, senior lecturer, received notification from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) that their recent publication in the NACTA Journal is being awarded the E.B. Knight Journal Award

Lence wins teaching award

Sergio Lence, professor, has been named the winner of the 2017 James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching by the university. This award is a reflection of his commitment to Iowa State University, his professional reputation, and the esteem of his peers.

ISU Economics ranked 34th among public universities

In the recent U.S. News & World Report Rankings of about 148 U.S. graduate programs in economics, Iowa State University ranked 53rd overall, and 34th among public universities. Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, and Yale all tied for first.

Huffman wins AAEA’s publication award

Wallace Huffman, professor, has been awarded the prestigious Publication of Enduring Quality award by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association for his co-written book with Dr. Robert E. Evanson, entitled Science for Agriculture: A Long- Term Perspective.

Hayes named Distinguished Professor

Iowa State University has named Dr. Dermot Hayes Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Iowa State Ag Econ/Policy ranks #3 worldwide

Iowa State University features in the Top 10 out of 26,000+ degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in 2 subjects. The inaugural subjects ranking by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), publisher of the largest academic ranking of global universities was released on Monday, April 3rd 2017.

Lawrence team wins Secretary of Ag Leader Award

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey presented an Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Award - the Leadership in Conservation - to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Science Team.