Tuesday, March 3
Dr. Wendong Zhang
Dr. Wendong Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University since August 2015.
Zhang is the leading researcher of the Iowa Land Value Survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, co-founded the new ISU China Ag Center jointly with Dr. Dermot Hayes in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.He is also affiliated with the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD).
Zhang received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Fudan University in China.
Tuesday, March 10
Melissa O’Rourke is an Attorney and Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Melissa has practiced extensively in the fields of business and estate planning, human resources, immigration and agricultural commercial litigation. She works with numerous farm families and agribusinesses to facilitate planning and management. Melissa’s particular areas of interest include farm estate and succession planning, agricultural human resource legal and management issues, farmland leasing and tenure arrangements, facilitating women in agriculture programming, and working with beginning and transitioning farmers. She is a sought-after presenter throughout the region on agricultural legal issues. Melissa’s work with Iowa State University combines her background in education, agriculture and law as she informs and advises members of the farm and agribusiness community on an expansive array of business planning and legal topics.
Tuesday, March 17
Kelvin Leibold has 32 years of experience with ISU Extension. His areas of expertise include farm management, farmland and building leasing, global agriculture, land values, farm machinery management, estate planning, intergenerational transfer and beginning Farmers. He is a member of the ANNIES PROJECT national leadership team. Kelvin has observed agriculture in Australia, Brazil, China, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine and Western Europe. This included setting up a pork genetics project in Nigeria and ongoing work with Agri-Benchmark from Germany. Kelvin has presented at the AGRITECHNICA machinery show in Germany as well as many of the countries he has traveled to. Kelvin earned a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University.
Visit his website: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/people/kelvin-leibold
Tuesday, March 24
Ryan Drollette received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from Utah State University and a master’s degree in applied economics also from Utah State University. Ryan is a Farm and Agribusiness Management Field Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach serving east central Iowa. He has been working in the agribusiness field in Iowa for several years with a focus of risk management education. Ryan services Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Muscatine, Scott and Washington counties.