Beginning Aug. 1, Chad Hart will provide grain marketing information and advice to Iowa producers. He will replace Robert Wisner, who retired in December 2007. Hart has been an agricultural economist with Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. He arrived at CARD in 1991 as a graduate student and joined the staff in 1999.

In this new position, Hart will serve as assistant professor of economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also will act as grain marketing economist. Hart will analyze grain, forage and energy crop markets and their interaction with the rest of the economy, and communicate that information to farmers across the state.
"I'm definitely looking forward to this," said Hart. "This is an exciting time because we are having high grain prices due to a variety of factors, such as the weather, strong global demand and the build-up of a bioeconomy."

In 2007, Hart received both the Iowa State Regents Award for Staff Excellence and the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professional and Scientific Award for Achievement.

Source: Iowa State University