History of the Economics Department, Iowa State University

This is the history of the Economics Department at Iowa State University

Information is from "Development of the Field of Economics at Iowa State" by I.W. Arthur, "The Historical Development of the Department of Economics at Iowa State, 1929 to 1985" written by Nancy Wolff and Jim Hayward, and "History of Economics at ISU" by G. Shepherd. Additional information is from Iowa State catalogs, Office of the Registrar, and Economics department files compiled by D. Gruca.

Ag Credit School

The 68th annual Agricultural Credit School, organized by Professor William Edwards and the Iowa Bankers Association, took place at the Scheman Building, Iowa State University in 2013.

American Farm Mgmt Assoc formed

A group of professors interested in farm management gathered in Ames and formed the American Farm Management Association, which later evolved into the American Agricultural Economics Association, and then later, in 2008, was renamed the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.

Hayes named chair

Dermot Hayes, professor of economics and professor of finance at ISU, and co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, was named Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness in 1999. Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences - 2017.

AAEA office moved

The business office of the American Agricultural Economics Association moved onto the Iowa State campus in 1981.

Mexico program began

The Iowa State University-Ford-Mexico program began in 1965.

75th annual AAEA meetings held

The 75th annual meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association were held in Ames, IA in 1985.

First newsletter

The first departmental economics newsletter was issued in 1969.

50th Annual AAEA mtgs

The 50th annual meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association were held at Iowa State University in 1960.

Joshua L. Rosenbloom, Chair of Economics Department

Joshua L. Rosenbloom is Professor and Chair of the Economics Department from 2015 to the present and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Rosenbloom earned his B.A. degree, with highest honors from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Wayne A. Fuller, 1959-2001

Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences - 1983.

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