Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics

89th Annual Soil Management Land Valuation Conference May 18th, 2016

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am What is Your Prediction for Iowa’s Land Values?
Dr. Wendong Zhang, Chair, Conference Planning Committee
8:45 am Evaluating Hunting Leases: Implications for Recreational Land Values
Tom Steen, the Hunting Lease Network, Farmers National Company
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Panel Discussion on Current and Future Cash Rents in Iowa
Moderator: Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Assistant Professor, Economics, ISU
Panelist: Mike Downey, AFM, Hertz Farm Management
Panelist: Scott Neff, Senior Business Relationship Mgr., Wells Fargo Bank, Marshalltown
Panelist: Jim Knuth, Senior Vice President, Farm Credit Services of America (Please contact Jim Knuth directly at for more information about his presentation)
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Excessive Spring Rain will be More Frequent (except this year): Weather Tools to Manage It
Dr. Chris Anderson, Assistant Director, Climate Science Group, ISU
1:15 am Soil Fertility Management with Tight Crop Production Margins
Dr. John Sawyer, Professor in Agronomy and Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, ISU
1:45 pm Cover Crops, Wetlands, and Conservation Drainage: Why We Need to Adopt and How Many Acres Are Needed?
Dr. Matt Helmers, Dean’s Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, ISU
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Global Economic Outlook: What Does a Slowing China and a Strong US Dollar Mean for US Agriculture
Dr. Nathan Kauffman, Assistant Vice President, Omaha Branch Executive and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
4:15 pm Iowa Land Values – Your Estimates
Dr. Wendong Zhang

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