STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


Sandra Clarke


Decisions, decisions. With limited resources- whether tax dollars or corporate margins- how do you get the biggest bang or greatest good for the buck? Helen Jensen, a professor of economics, has spent much of her 26-year career at Iowa State University using the quantitative tools of economics to help make those decisions better informed in the areas of agriculture, food and human nutrition. Jensen has led the food and nutrition policy division of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development since 1985, mentoring many students and young researchers along the way. In the area of food safety and quality, Jensen was among the first to evaluate the economic rationale and implications of food safety regulations for meat.