Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Wendong Zhang, Associate Professor of Economics

90th Annual Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Iowa Land Values and Crop Prices – Your Estimates
Dr. Wendong Zhang, Chair, Conference Planning Committee
8:45 am Agricultural Trade Drama and the Implications for the Agricultural Economy
Dr. Pat Westhoff, Professor in Agricultural Economics and Director, FAPRI, U Missouri
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Panel Discussion on Agricultural Financial Conditions in the Farm Downturn
Panelist: Dr. Alan Tubbs, Chairman & CEO, Ohnward Bancshares Inc., Maquoketa, Iowa
Panelist: Mr. Mike Hein, Vice President, Liberty Trust and Savings Bank, Durant, Iowa
Panelist: Mr. Justin Septer, Regional Vice President for Farm Credit Services of America in Southeast Iowa, Ottumwa, Iowa (Please contact Justin directly at for more information about his presentation)
11:45 am Lunch
12:45 pm The Summer Outlook for Temperature and Precipitation
Dr. Alan Czarnetzki, Professor, Meteorology, U of Northern Iowa
1:15 pm Panel Discussion on SMLV at 90: Historical Focus and Future Directions
Panelist: Mr. Gary Thien, Partner, Homestead Capital, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Panelist: Mr. Darrell Limkeman, Mid States Farm Management Company, Ottumwa, Iowa
Panelist: Dr. Mike Duffy, Professor Emeritus, Economics, ISU

1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Farm Downturn, Population Change and the Impacts on Rural Communities
Mr. Dave Swenson, Associate Scientist, Economics, ISU
3:00 pm Legal Update: Des Moines Water Works, Mergers, and Anti-Trust Regulations
Ms. Kristine Tidgren, Assistant Director, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, ISU
4:00 pm Adjourn (next year’s conference: May 16, 2018)
Dr. Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor, Economics, ISU