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 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Iowa Land Values and Crop Prices – Your Estimates
Dr. Wendong Zhang, Chair, Conference Planning Committee
8:45 a.m. Agricultural Trade Drama and the Implications for the Agricultural Economy
Dr. Pat Westhoff, Professor in Agricultural Economics and Director, FAPRI, U Missouri
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. The Summer Outlook for Temperature and Precipitation
Dr. Alan Czarnetzki, Professor, Meteorology, U of Northern Iowa
1:15 p.m. 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 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Farm Downturn, Population Change and the Impacts on Rural Communities
Mr. Dave Swenson, Associate Scientist, Economics, ISU
3:00 p.m. 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 p.m. Adjourn (next year’s conference: May 16, 2018)
Dr. Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor, Economics, ISU