Aaron Gerdts

Aaron Gerdts

Aaron was brought on to the DIS team as a research analyst. As a research analyst Aaron is responsible for helping to develop, manage, and analyze data and solutions to assist clients in making informed and strategic business decisions. He is responsible for writing reports and articles, performing economic impact, contribution analysis, and maintaining agricultural trade and agricultural production data. Aaron's love for agriculture was formed at a young age as he grew up on a family farm near St. Ansgar Iowa. His family farmed corn and soybeans as well as raised cattle. Aaron also milked cows at a nearby dairy farm which helped to grow his interest in the dairy industry. He received a B.S. in Dairy Science and M.S.in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University. His graduate research examined the effectiveness of generic advertising undertaken by agricultural check-off programs, specifically, the almond check-off program. After completing his MS degree, he worked for the Iowa Legislative Services Agency as a Fiscal Analyst.  In this position, his primary responsibility was to estimate the fiscal cost of legislation proposed by the Iowa General Assembly.  Other duties included staffing the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee and researching topics of interest for legislators and caucus staff related to agriculture and natural resources.  We believe that Aarons strong agricultural background as well as his education and prior work experience will make him a strong asset to the team. We at DIS are very excited to welcome Aaron and can’t wait to see how he benefits DIS! 

Blog posts by this Author:

  • Why are RIN Prices Falling?

    RIN prices have come down significantly in the last 9 months. To be competitive, biofuel producers need to be able to sell their fuels at the same price as conventional petroleum fuels. Typically, biofuels have higher costs of production than conventional fuels.

  • HPAI Is Back

    Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been affecting US poultry flocks for almost two years now. Cases began in February 2022. Total cases and birds affected by month are shown in Figure 1 & Figure 2.

  • Fertilizer Prices – Past Trends and Future Forecast

    Iowa fertilizer prices began rising in 2021 and peaked during the summer of 2022. Price peaks for each fertilizer were close to double their respective 2018-2020 average prices. Since the peak, prices have generally been trending down, though they still have not reached 2018-2020 levels.

  • Hog Production Costs Sit Well Above Revenues

    Lower hog prices and higher costs have impacted Iowa negatively thus far in 2023, read why...

  • Demand to Drive Oil Prices Moving Forward

    Demand to Drive Oil Prices Moving Forward-The recent OPEC+ production cut and the quick jump in oil prices caused concern prices to be headed that way again. While a possibility that is not a guarantee.

  • HPAI Cases Continue and Egg Prices Hit New Highs

    A recent increase in egg prices has everyone talking about it... here's why!

  • Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land

    In 2020, there were 1.3 billion acres of privately held agricultural land in the U.S. Of these acres, 38 million acres, or 2.9%, was held by foreign ownership. Some states have a higher rate of foreign ownership than others.

  • Changes in the Relative Value of the Soybean Crush

    The changes in relative value of the soybean crush.

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