Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Alejandro Plastina, Associate Professor of Economics

Associate 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 Associate 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. His recent publications addressed the economics of conservation practices such as cover crops and subfield land-use change from corn-soybean rotations into switchgrass, as well as agricultural productivity analyses. He has received the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's Distinguished Extension Program Award in 2019; the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Creativity in Service to All Iowans Award in 2020; the ANR Programming Innovation Award for developing an extension program to help farmers cope with thin profit margins in 2018; and 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 in 2014, 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