Pests, Germs and Seeds:  
The Economics of Policies, Programs, and Technologies for Managing Agricultural Pests and Diseases

Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 2014

University of California, Davis, California 95616





Day 1:  Friday March 28  

8:00 am – 8:30 am Opening and Overview
George Frisvold and Julian Alston

8:30 am – 10:30 am Session A: Resistance Management
Session Chair: GianCarlo Moschini

Economic Implications of Unstructured Refuges: The Case of Bt Cotton in India
Rohit Singla, McGill University, Anwar Naseem, McGill University, Michael Livingston, ERS/USDA

Irreversibility, Uncertainty, and Dynamic Pest Resistance
Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University

Managing Herbicide Resistant Crops and Weeds: Technological and Policy Options
George Frisvold, University of Arizona

Pesticides, Transgene Licensing, and Resistance Management
John Miranowski, Katie Lacy, Iowa State University

10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Session B: Featured Speakers
Session Chair: Dan Sumner

Trends and New Market Opportunities in Bio-pesticides.
Pam Marrone, Marrone Bio Innovations

Science, Policy, and Animal Health in the United States: The Case of Texas Fever
Alan Olmstead UC Davis

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Welcome
CAES Dean Helene Dillard

12:10 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Session C: Pests and Diseases of Perennial Crops
Session Chair: Carl Pray

A Model of the Epidemiology of Greening in Florida Citrus Groves and Its Economic Implications Charles B. Moss and Andrew Schmitz, University of Florida

Estimating the Greening Effect on Florida Citrus
Charles B. Moss, Maria Bampasidou

The Costs and Benefits of Pierce’s Disease Research in the California Winegrape Industry
Julian M. Alston, Kate B. Fuller, Jonathan D. Kaplan, and Kabir P. Tumber, UC Davis

The Value of Powdery Mildew Resistance in Grapes: Evidence from California
Kate B. Fuller, Julian M. Alston, and Olena S. Sambucci, UC Davis

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   Coffee Break

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Session D: Biotechnology, Adoption and Impacts
Session Chair: Matt Andersen

Innovation in the Global Bioeconomy
Gregory Graff, Colorado State University, Philip G. Pardey, University of Minnesota, Devon Phillips, University of Minnesota

Impact of Hybrids and Insect Control on Cotton Productivity in India
Latha Nagarajan, Carl Pray, Rutgers University and Anwar Naseem, McGill University

Trends in the Time Taken for Authorizing GM Crops in the USA and EU
Richard D. Smart, Technische Universität, Matthias Blum, and Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University

An Equilibrium Model of Coexistence
GianCarlo Moschini and Harvey Lapan, Iowa State University

The Economic Impacts of GMOs – The Past and the Present
David Zilberman, UC Berkeley

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tour of RMI Research Winery and Brewery

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Conference Dinner – RMI
Dinner Speaker Alison L. Van Eenennaam, UC Davis
Who is Behind the Curtain? Communicating Facts in an Illusory World


Day 2:  Saturday March 29

8:30 am – 10:00 am Session E: Pest and Disease Control I
Session Chair: Chuck Moss

A Simple Model of Crop Variety Selection and Disease Control under Increasing Disease Spread
David Lambert, Tim Dalton, and Karen Garrett, Kansas State University

Explaining Agricultural Labor Shortages with Unpredictable Product Losses: A Case Study of Spotted Wing Drosophila in California Raspberries.
Derek Farnsworth, University of California, Davis

The Impact of Online Continuing Education Courses on Pesticide Use Strategies and their Environmental Risks: The Case of Powdery Mildew and the California Grape Industry
Olena Sambucci and Travis J. Lybbert, University of California, Davis

Economic Impact of Classical Biological Control of Papaya Mealybug in India
Stephanie Myrick, Virginia Tech, George W. Norton, Virginia Tech, K.N. Selvaraj, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Kiruthika Natarajan, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, R. Muniappan, Virginia Tech

10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Session F: Pest and Disease Control II
Session Chair: John Miranowski

Bioeconomic Modeling of an Imported Disease in California Lettuce
Christine Carroll, Colin Carter, Rachael Goodhue, Cynthia C.Y. Lin, and Krishna Subbara, University of California, Davis

Managing Insects in Stored Products: The Challenge of Introducing New Technologies in Developing Countries
Corinne E. Alexander, Purdue University, Michael Jones, University of Florida, James Lowenberg-Deboer, Purdue University

Adoption of GM Maize Technology in India, and its Effect on Consumer Prices
Gal Hochman, JingKun Zhuang, and Carl Pray, Rutgers University

The Political Economy of Adoption of GM Rice Technology in India
Gal Hochman and Carl Pray, Rutgers University

12:00 pm – 1:50 pm Lunch and NC-1034 Business Meeting

1:50 pm – 3:00 pm Session G: Miscellaneous Topics
Session Chair: George Frisvold

Assessing the Economic Impacts of Extension in California—Application of Irrigation and Application For Pest Control
David Zilberman and Rebecca Taylor, UC Berkeley with Douglas Taylor and Ariel Dinar, UC Riverside

Drought Tolerant Maize and Its Effects on Farmers’ Returns and Risk: Evidence from on-Farm Trials in East, South and West Africa
Genti Kostandini, University of Georgia, Olaf Erenstein, CIMMYT, Tahirou Abdoulaye, IITA, Peter Setimela, CIMMYT,Abebe Menkir, IITA and Girma Tesfahun, CIMMYT

A Production Function for State Average Corn Yields: Estimation of a Stochastic Frontier Incorporating Weather and Technology Effects
Wallace Huffman, Iowa State University, Yu Jin, Shanghai University of Business and Economics

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   Coffee Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session H: Managing Agricultural Research
Session Chair: George Norton

Optimal Licensing for Plant Variety Patents: Preliminary Results
Julian M. Alston and Zoė T. Plakias, University of California, Davis

Making Time for Agricultural and Life Science Research: Technical Change and Productivity Gains
Daniel L. Prager, Jeremy D. Foltz, Bradford L. Barham, University of Wisconsin

Connectedness and Complementarity: Is Public Agricultural Research Stimulating Private R&D Investment? 
Andrew Toole, ERS/USDA

The Political Economy of Agricultural Knowledge: How Different Institutional Frameworks Shape Agricultural Research and Innovations
Barbara Brandl and Leland Glenna, Pennsylvania State University

5:00 pm Adjourn