Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Alejandro Plastina, Associate Professor of Economics

Publications

(most recent listed first)


      Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)
      Books
      Extension Articles (Peer Reviewed)
      Recurring Extension Publications (Updated Annually)
      Non-recurring Extension Publications
      Newsletters
      Working Papers
      Project Reports

 

 

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Sawadgo, W., and A. Plastina. Forthcoming. "Do Cost-Share Programs Increase Cover Crop Use? Empirical Evidence from Iowa." Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. Accepted on 03/11/2021.
  2. Sawadgo, W., W. Zhang, and A. Plastina. Forthcoming. "What drives landowners’ conservation decisions? Evidence from Iowa." Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Accepted on 09/15/2020.
  3. Plastina, A., S.H.Lence, and A. Ortiz-Bobea. 2021. "How weather affects the decomposition of total factor productivity in U.S. agriculture." Agricultural Economics 52(2):215-234.https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12615. Supplementary Information with Data and Code.
  4. Clay, L.; Perkins, K.; Motallebi, M.; Plastina, A.; Farmaha, B.S. 2020. "The Perceived Benefits, Challenges, and Environmental Effects of Cover Crop Implementation in South Carolina." Agriculture 2020, 10, 372. doi: 10.3390/agriculture10090372.
  5. Hancock,G., Y. Liu, A.R. Smith, and A. Plastina. 2020. "Motivations and Challenges of Cover Crop Utilization for Georgia Crop Production." Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Accepted on Jan 29, 2020. Published on May 2020.
  6. Marcillo, G., S. Carlson, M. Filbert, T. Kaspar, A. Plastina, and F. Miguez. 2019. “Maize system impacts of cover crop management decisions: A simulation analysis of rye biomass response to planting populations in Iowa, U.S.A.” Agricultural Systems 176-102651. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2019.102651.
  7. Plastina, A., K. Leibold and M. Stockton. 2019. "The Farm Management Extension Audience of 2030." Choices. Quarter 2. Available online: http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/theme-articles/the-future-of-farm-management-extension/the-farm-management-extension-audience-of-2030.
  8. Plastina, A., and S.H. Lence. 2019. "Theoretical Production Restrictions and Agricultural Technology in the Unites States." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 101(3):849–869. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aay106.
  9. Plastina, A. 2019. “Declining Liquidity in Iowa Farms: 2014-2017.” Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Accepted on Jan 28, 2019. Published on May 2019.
  10. Plastina, A., Liu, F., Sawadgo, W., Miguez, F., Carlson, S., and G. Marcillo. 2018. “Annual Net Returns to Cover Crops in Iowa.” Journal of Applied Farm Economics 2(2):19-36. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jafe/vol2/iss2/2
  11. Plastina, A., Liu, F., Miguez, F., and S. Carlson. 2018. “Cover Crops Use in Midwestern U.S. Agriculture: Perceived Benefits and Net Returns.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170518000194
  12. Brandes, E., Plastina, A., and E. Heaton. 2018. “Where can switchgrass production be more profitable than corn and soybean? An integrated subfield assessment in Iowa, USA.” GBC Bioenergy 10:473-488. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12516
  13. Plastina, A., and S.H. Lence. 2018. “A Parametric Estimation of Total Factor Productivity and its Components in U.S. Agriculture.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 100(4): 1091–1119. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aay010 (link to working paper)
  14. Plastina, A., and C. Hart. 2018. “Is ARC-CO acting as a Safety Net Program? Evidence from Iowa.” Choices. Quarter 1. Available online: http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/submitted-articles/is-arc-co-acting-as-a-safety-net-program-evidence-from-iowa
  15. Plastina, A., Liu, F., Sawadgo, W., Miguez, F., and S. Carlson. 2018. “Partial budgets for cover crops in Midwest row crop farming.” Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Accepted on Nov 17, 2017. Published on May 2018.
  16. Wang, S.L., Plastina, A., Fulginiti, L.E., and V.E. Ball. 2017. “Benefits of Public R&D in US Agriculture: Spill-Ins, Extension, and Roads.” Theoretical Economics Letters 7(6):1873-1898. DOI: 10.4236/tel.2017.76128.
  17. Plastina, A., and L.E. Fulginiti. 2012. “Rates of Returns to Public Agricultural Research in 48 U.S. States.” Journal of Productivity Analysis 37 (2): 95-113.
  18. Plastina, A., K. Giannakas, and D. Pick. 2011. “Market and Welfare Effects of Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling in the American Agri-food System.” Southern Economic Journal 77(4): 1044-69.
  19. Arnould, E., Plastina, A., and D. Ball. 2009. “Does Fair Trade Deliver on Its Core Value Proposition? Effects on Income, Educational Attainment, and Health in Three Countries.” Journal of Public Policy and Marketing 28(2): 186-201.
  20. Plastina, A., and K. Giannakas. 2007. "Market and Welfare Effects of GMO Introduction in Small Open Economies.” AgBioForum 10 (2): 104-123.
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Books

  1. Lence, S.H., and A. Plastina. 2020. "An Empirical Investigation of Productivity Spillovers along the Agricultural Supply Chain." In The Roots of Agricultural Productivity, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. September 2020.
  2. Williams, A., Mancini, F., Fok Ah Chuen, M., Galbero Guedes, D., Hake, K., Norman, B., O’Leary, P., Soth, J., and A. Plastina. 2015. Measuring Sustainability in Cotton Farming Systems: Towards a Guidance Framework. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and International Cotton Advisory Committee: Rome, Italy. ISBN 9789251086148.
  3. Shui, S., and A. Plastina. 2013. World Apparel Fiber Consumption Survey. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and International Cotton Advisory Committee: Washington, DC. ISBN 9780979390395. Library of Congress Control Number 2013947672.
  4. Wang, S., Ball, E., Fulginiti, L., and A. Plastina. 2012. “Accounting for the Impact of Public Research, R&D Spill-ins, Extension and Roads in U.S. Regional Agricultural Productivity Growth, 1980–2004,” Chapter 2 in Productivity Growth in Agriculture: An International Perspective, Eds. Fuglie et al., CABI: UK, p. 13-32.
  5. Gruère, A., Guitchounts, A., Plastina, A. and T. Townsend. 2010. “World Cotton Production, Consumption and Trade in the 21st Century,” in Cotton: Technology for the 21st Century, Eds. P. J. Wakelyn and M. R. Chaudhry. Washington, DC: International Cotton Advisory Committee, p. 397-416.
  6. Arnould, E., Plastina, A., and D. Ball. 2007. “Market Disintermediation and Producer Value Capture: The Case of Fair Trade Coffee in Nicaragua, Peru and Guatemala,” in Product and Market Development for Subsistence Marketplaces: Consumption and Entrepreneurship Beyond Literacy and Resource Barriers, J. A. Rosa and M. Viswanathan, Eds. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, p. 319-340.
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Extension Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Plastina, A. 2017. “Financial stress in Iowa farms: 2014-2016.” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. FMR 1892.
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Recurring Extension Publications (Updated Annually)

  • Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. “Iowa Custom Rate Survey.” Ag Decision Maker File A3-10.
  • Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. “Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey.” Ag Decision Maker File C2-10.
  • Plastina, A. “Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa.” Ag Decision Maker File A1-20.
  • Plastina, A., and W. Edwards. “Computing a Cropland Cash Rental Rate.” Ag Decision Maker File C2-20.
  • Plastina, A., Edwards, W., and A. Johanns. “Flexible Farm Lease Agreements.” Ag Decision Maker File C2-21.
  • Plastina, A. “Iowa Farm Costs and Returns.” Ag Decision Maker File C1-10.
  • Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. “Historic County Cropland Rental Rates.” Ag Decision Maker File C2-11.
  • Johanns, A., and A. Plastina. “Historical Costs of Crop Production.” Ag Decision Maker File A1-21.
  • Plastina, A. “Financial Performance Measures for Iowa Farms.” Ag Decision Maker File C3-55.
  • Plastina, A., Hart, C., and L. Schulz. “Suggested Closing Inventory Prices.” Ag Decision Maker File C1-40.
  • Plastina, A. “Deductible Livestock Costs for Adjusting Income Tax Returns.” Ag Decision Maker File B1-15.
  • Plastina, A. “Estimated Iowa Landlord Expenses–Crop Share Rent.” Annual Report for Iowa Department of Revenue.
  • Plastina, A. “CRP Expense.” Annual Report for Iowa Department of Revenue.
  • Plastina, A. World Textile Demand. International Cotton Advisory Committee: Washington, DC. 2007-2013.
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    Non-recurring Extension Publications


          2020
          2019
          2018
          2017
          2016
          2015
          2014

    2020
    1. Plastina, A. 2020. "New Farm Bill, New Decisions, New Tools." Agricultural Policy Review. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Winter Issue.
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    2019
    1. Plastina, A. 2019. "The missing piece in the nutrient reduction puzzle: economic incentives." Ag Decision Newsletter Vol 24. No. 2. December.
    2. Ibarburu-Blanc, M., A. Plastina, and L. Vold. 2019."Packaging, Cartoning, and Transportation Eggs Costs: A Special Report." ISU Industry Egg Center. April 8.
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    2018
    1. Zhang, W., Plastina, A., and W. Sawadgo. 2018. "Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey 1982–2017: A Thirty-five Year Perspective." Working Paper 18-WP 580. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
    2. Plastina, A. 2018. "Do Cover Crops Pay? Net Returns to Corn/Soybean Farmers in Iowa." Agricultural Policy Review. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
    3. Plastina, A., and C. Hart. 2018. "Is ARC-CO acting as a Safety Net Program? Evidence from Iowa." Agricultural Policy Review. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
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    2017
    1. Plastina, A. 2017. “Farm Service Agency Announces ARC, PLC Payments: Payments lower than previous year due to higher yields.” ISU Extension and Outreach Article. Oct 10.
    2. Plastina, A. 2017. “Measuring financial stress on Iowa farms.” Wallaces Farmer. Sep edition.
    3. Plastina, A. 2017. “ISU survey shows cash rent down 4.8% in 2017.” Wallaces Farmer. May edition.
    4. Plastina, A. 2017. “Lower costs bring cautious optimism in 2017.” Wallaces Farmer, Feb edition.
    5. Plastina, A. 2017. “Past and Future of Farm Bill Payments.” Agricultural Policy Review. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
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    2016
    1. Plastina, A. 2016. “What percent of Iowa farms are financially vulnerable?” Wallaces Farmer, Dec edition, p. 14.
    2. Plastina, A. 2016. “Iowa Farm Financial Conditions in 2015.” Ag Decision Maker File C1-11. Sep 1.
    3. Plastina, A. 2016. “Iowa Farms: From Strong to Vulnerable in a Year? A report on changes in financial indicators for a panel of Iowa farms.” Ag Decision Maker File C1-12. Nov 1.
    4. Plastina, A. 2016. “Farm bill safety net payments provide producers small cushion.” Wallaces Farmer’s Farm Management Fridays, Oct 23.
    5. Plastina, A. 2016. “Attention to cash flow and liquidity requires strategic approach.” The Eastern Iowa Farmer, Fall Edition, pp. 50-52.
    6. Edwards, W., and A. Plastina. 2016. “Grain Harvesting Equipment and Labor in Iowa.” Ag Decision Maker File A3-16.
    7. Plastina, A. 2016. “Cash rents decline for third consecutive year in Iowa.” Wallaces Farmer, Jun edition, p. 16.
    8. Plastina, A. 2016. “Updated yields and prices affect ARC-CO payments.” Wallaces Farmer, April edition, p. 17.
    9. Plastina, A. 2016. “Updated yields and prices affect ARC-CO payments.” Wallaces Farmer’s Farm Management Fridays, Apr 4.
    10. Plastina, A., C. Hart, and C. Anderson. 2016.“Farm Bill Payments in Iowa.” Agricultural Policy Review. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
    11. Plastina, A., and C. Hart. 2016. “USDA farm program payments in Iowa.” Wallaces Farmer’s Farm Management Fridays, Jan 26.
    12. Plastina, A. 2016. “Crop production costs decline for 2016.” Wallaces Farmer’s Farm Management Fridays, Jan 11.
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    2015
    1. Plastina, A. and F. Liu. 2015. “Measuring Competitiveness of Iowa Soybean Farmers: Final Project Report,” Submitted to the Iowa Soybean Association in fulfilment of ISA-ISU Research Cooperative Agreement. 135 pages. Oct 13.
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    2014
    1. Plastina, A. and C. Hart. 2014. “Price Expectations and Risk Profiles Drive Commodity Program Choices,” Agricultural Policy Review, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
    2. Plastina, A. and C. Hart. 2014. “Crop Insurance in Iowa,” Agricultural Policy Review, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
    3. Plastina, A. 2014. “New Safety Net: PLC, ARC-CO, ARC-IC,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-32.
    4. Plastina, A. 2014. “New Safety Net: SCO,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-44.
    5. Plastina, A. 2014. “2014 Farm Bill Analyzer: Data and Methods,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-33.
    6. Plastina, A. 2014. “Current Crop Insurance Policies,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-48.
    7. Plastina, A. and W. Edwards. 2014. “Revenue Protection Crop Insurance,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-54.
    8. Plastina, A. and W. Edwards. 2014. “Proven Yields and Insurance Units for Crop Insurance,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-55.
    9. Plastina, A. and W. Edwards. 2014. “Trend-Adjusted Actual Production History (APH),” Ag Decision Maker File A1-56.
    10. Plastina, A. and W. Edwards. 2014. “Delayed and Prevented Planting Provisions,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-57.
    11. Plastina, A, and C. Hart. 2014. “Base Acreage Reallocation and Payment Yield Update,” Ag Decision Maker File A1-35.
    12. Plastina, A. and R. Pandolph. 2014. “Cotton Price Forecasts under Alternative Scenarios,” Cotton: Review of the World Situation 67 (3): 6-11.
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    Newsletters


    1. Plastina, A. 2019. “The missing piece in the nutrient reduction puzzle: economic incentives.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 24, No 2.
    2. Plastina, A. 2019. “Farm liquidity slightly up, but still subdued.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 23, No 12.
    3. Plastina, A. 2019. “Uneven changes in cash rental rates in Iowa.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 23, No 7.
    4. Plastina, A. 2019. “Custom rates higher in 2019.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 23, No 5.
    5. Plastina, A. 2019. “Cost of Production Estimates Available in Ag Decision Maker.” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News. Jan 25.
    6. Plastina, A. 2019. “Estimating costs of crop production vital for 2019 farm businesses” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 23, No 3.
    7. Plastina, A., and N. Cook. 2018. “New tool helps farmers make cover crop decisions” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 23, No 1.
    8. Jacobs, T., and A. Plastina. 2018. “Iowa Concern Hotline provides resources for Iowa farmers.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 12.
    9. Sawadgo, W., and A. Plastina. 2018. “Cost-share programs for cover crops available to Iowa farmers in 2018.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 12.
    10. Plastina, A., and C. Hart. 2018. “What can Iowa farmers expect from ARC/PLC and the Trade Assistance Package in 2018?” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 11.
    11. Plastina, A. and A. Johanns. 2018. “Farmland leasing meetings offer leasing arrangement information.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 9.
    12. Zhang, W., A. Plastina, and W. Sawadgo. 2018. “Iowa farmland ownership and tenure survey 1982-2017: a thirty-five year perspective.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 9.
    13. Plastina, A. 2018. “Cash rental rates slightly up in Iowa.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 7.
    14. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2018. “ISU survey shows decline in custom rates across operations in 2018.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 5.
    15. Plastina, A. 2018. “Lower land and crop input costs barely offset higher fuel and labor costs in 2018.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 22, No 3.
    16. Plastina, A. 2017. “Financial stress in Iowa farms.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 11.
    17. Plastina, A. 2017. “Cash rental rates fall for a fourth consecutive year in Iowa.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 7.
    18. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2017. “Custom rates and machinery rental rates shared in the 2017 Iowa farm custom rate survey.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 6.
    19. Plastina, A. 2017. “Lower costs bring cautious optimism in 2017.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 4.
    20. Plastina, A. 2016. “Changes in financial indicators for a panel of Iowa farms.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 1.
    21. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2016. “Payments under 2014 Farm Bill safety net provide small cushion for producers in many Iowa counties.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 1.
    22. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2016. “Impact of ISU Extension and Outreach leasing programs.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 9.
    23. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2016. “Farmland leasing meetings to increase understanding of rental agreements.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 8.
    24. Plastina, A. 2016. “How accurate and useful is the ISU Cash Rent Survey?” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 8.
    25. Plastina, A. 2016. “Cash rental rates fall for a third consecutive year in Iowa.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 7.
    26. Plastina, A. 2016. “Why USDA NASS yields are not used to project ARC-CO payments?” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 6.
    27. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2016. “Iowa farm custom rate survey provides guidance for hiring.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 5.
    28. Plastina, A., Hart. C., and C. Anderson. 2016. “ARC/PLC payments in 2016 and 2017.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 5.
    29. Plastina, A. 2016. “2016 gross crop margins negative despite lower costs.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 20, No 3.
    30. Plastina, A. 2015. “Farmland leasing meetings will increase understanding of rental arrangement.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 19, No 9.
    31. Plastina, A. 2015. “New ARC-CO and PLC spreadsheets calculate projected payments.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 19, No 5.
    32. Plastina, A. 2015. “Land rents decline but margins do not improve.” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 19, No 5.
    33. Plastina, A. 2015. “New and updated Iowa State University farm bill tools,” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 19, No 4.
    34. Plastina, A., and A. Johanns. 2015. “Iowa farm custom rate survey shows slight increases for 2015,” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 19, No 5.
    35. Plastina, A. 2014. “Crop Insurance Policies in 2014,” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 18, No 12.
    36. Plastina, A. 2014. “Base Acreage Reallocation and Payment Yield Update,” Ag Decision Maker: A Business Newsletter for Agriculture, Vol. 18, No 11.

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    Working Papers


    1. Plastina, A., Liu, F., and W. Sawadgo. "Additionality in Cover-Crop Cost-Share Programs in Iowa: A Matching Assessment." Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the 2018 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 5-August 7.


    Project Reports


    1. Plastina, A., Liu, F., Sawadgo, W., Miguez, F., Carlson, S., G. Marcillo, and A. Bower. “Economic Evaluation of Cover Crops in Midwest Row Crop Farming.” North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program. Research and Education Grant H003679435. Oct 2015-Dec 2017.

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