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Insights Iowa: Informing the Financial Picture for Iowa’s Primary Crops and the Decisions Made

2021 Economic Summit Webinar Series

Title: Insights Iowa: Informing the Financial Picture for Iowa’s Primary Crops and the Decisions Made
Speakers: Dr. Alejandro Plastina - Economist, Iowa State University &
Chris Mandt – Research Analyst, Decision Innovation Solutions
Webinar Date/Time: January 28, 2021 - 1:00 PM CST

Using the annual projection for the costs of production in corn and soybean crops, we will draw a financial picture from historical market conditions in Iowa and choices that are available to Iowa producers.


Dr. Alejandro Plastina - Economist, Iowa State University

Dr. Alejandro Plastina Economist, Iowa State University 

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 current research focus is on the economics of conservation practices and agricultural productivity. He has received the 2020 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Creativity in Service to All Iowans Award; the 2019 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's Distinguished Extension Program Award; the 2018 Iowa State University ANR Programming Innovation Award; and the 2015 Impacting Iowa team award from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He serves as Co-Director of the joint Iowa State University-Iowa Bankers Association Ag Credit School since 2017 and was elected Chair of the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee for 2019/20.

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.


Chris Mandt – Research Analyst, Decision Innovation Solutions

 

Chris Mandt Research Analyst, Decision Innovation Solutions 

Chris works as a Research Analyst for Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS), he is responsible for analyzing economic and agricultural data to assist clients in making informed strategic business decisions. In this role, he works in the areas of public policy, feasibility and economic impact. As an analyst, Chris manages and develops methodology for DIS's economic impact and contribution studies. He previously held internships in agricultural lending and swine production. Through these experiences he gained a strong appreciation for agriculture and the many facets that go into the industry’s success. Chris grew up on a livestock and grain farm in Minnesota, graduated from Iowa State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree double majoring in Animal Science and Economics, is married, and lives in Ankeny.

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