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About Catherine Kling

Cathy Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of economics, has served as the director of CARD since July 2013, after having served many years as the division head of CARD's Resource and Environmental Policy Division. She received a bachelor's degree in business and economics from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland. In her work at CARD, Kling is undertaking research to examine how agricultural practices affect water quality, wildlife, soil carbon content, and greenhouse gases.


Present Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University
Present Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University Department of Economics

Honors and Awards

  • National Academy of Sciences Member, 2015
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Fellow, 26
  • Outstanding Journal Article Award, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2007
  • American Agricultural Economics Association Quality of Research Discovery Award, Honorable Mention, 2000 and 2001
  • Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Published Research, 1998

Contact Information

578F Heady
518 Farm House Ln
Ames, IA 50011-1054
Phone: 515-294-5767
Fax: 515-294-6336


Card Policy Briefs (1)

Economic Staff Papers (1)

Economics Working Papers (2)

Iowa Ag Review (8)

Journal Article (50)