Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Alejandro Plastina, Assistant Professor of Economics

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Contact Information

Alejandro Plastina
Iowa State University
478E Heady Hall
518 Farmhouse Lane
Ames, IA 50011-1070



Dr. Plastina is an Assistant Professor/Extension Economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. His area of specialization is agricultural production and technology, with an emphasis on farm business and financial management. He teaches ECON 330: Advanced Farm Business Management. In April 2019, he was selected to be the receipient of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's Distinguished Extension Program Individual: Less Than 10 Years Award. In 2018, he received the Iowa State University ANR Programming Innovation Award, for raising awareness about the financial health of the farm sector in Iowa and developing an extension program to help farmers cope with thin profit margins using anonymized farm-level data from the Iowa Farm Business Association. In 2015, he received the Impacting Iowa award from ISU Extension and Outreach for his team efforts to educate Iowa farmers on the 2014 Farm Bill.

Prior to joining Iowa State University, Dr. Plastina was Senior Economist at the International Cotton Advisory Committee in Washington, DC. He graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of La Plata (Argentina) in 2000, and an MS in Statistics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

Major Focal Areas:

  • Farm Financial Indicators
  • Farm Bill Programs
  • Costs of Crop Production
  • Cash Rent Survey
  • Custom Rate Survey
  • Agricultural Productivity
  • Cover Crops