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JOHN V. WESTRA
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter Baton Rouge LA 70803 225-578-2721(office) email@example.com
Ph.D. ? Agricultural and Applied Economics, with Minor in Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Minnesota, 2001.
M.S. ? Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maine, 1991.
B.A. ? Psychology, Grinnell College, 1984.
Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2014 to present.
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2008 to June 2014.
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 2002 to June 2008.
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Saint Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, September 2001 to December 2001.
Research Fellow, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 2000 to July 2001.
Research Assistant, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 1994 to December 1999.
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 1998 to December 1998.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 1998 to May 1998.
Research Associate, Economics Program, World Resources Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, July 1992 to August 1994.
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History of Assignments
Title: Professor (2014 to date), Associate Professor (2008 ? 2014), Assistant Professor (2002 ? 2008), Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University
Duties and Responsibilities:
40% Appointment: Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center
Conduct a research program in production, natural resource and environmental economics relevant to the agricultural sector. The objective of this research effort is to examine how land management decisions (farming, ranching and other natural resource-based enterprises) affect economic parameters (income and social welfare) and provision of ecosystem services and goods, including primary production, water quality and quantity. Research projects include economic analyses of farming systems (conventional crop and livestock systems and alternative or natural resource conserving practices); economic analyses of agricultural and environmental policies affecting land management decisions and the subsequent impact on water quality and quantity; determining factors associated with producer adoption of new technologies or alternative enterprises; and economic analysis of local food systems effect on land management decisions. Commit to publish research findings in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, experiment station publications, and other outlets for disseminating results. Cooperate and collaborate with faculty from other units of the LSU System, other Universities, and other agency personnel in these research efforts and in securing extramural funds to support such efforts.
60% Appointment: Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, LSU Agricultural Center
Develop and deliver educational programs to producers, Extension Service personnel and agency staff that address production, marketing, natural resource and environmental economic issues in agriculture. A major component of this appointment is serving as project leader to manage overall efforts of faculty and staff, gathering production and economic data, writing and editing text for the Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AgSummary) ? a publication of parish and state level production and economic information for more than 200 agricultural and natural resource commodities produced in Louisiana. Additionally, develop and deliver extension programs focus on economic aspects of natural resource conservation in agriculture (water quality and quantity), policy analysis and risk management. Manage professional staff and serve as project leader for the Louisiana MarketMaker Program ? an online marketing tool connecting Louisiana producers, food buyers and consumers, to increase marketing and economic opportunities within the food value chain. Commit to publish relevant extension educational materials and disseminate to appropriate audiences. Cooperate and collaborate with faculty from other units within the LSU System, other Universities, and other agency personnel concerned with similar agricultural production, marketing and natural resource problems.
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Refereed Chapters or Essays in Books
Boody, G., P. Gowda, J. Westra, C. van Schaik, P. Welle, B. Vondracek and D. Johnson. 2009. "Multifunctional Grass Farming: Science and Policy Considerations" in Farming with Grass: Achieving Sustainable Mixed Agricultural Landscapes in Grassland Environments edited by Alan J. Franzluebbers, Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Westra, J. and G. Boody. 2009. "Challenges and Necessity of Developing Multifunctional Agroecosystems," chapter 13 in Agroecosystem Management for the 21st Century: Integrating Production, Environment and Society. Advances in Agroecology Series edited by Patrick J. Bohlen. Boca Raton FL: CRC Press.
Repetto, R., P. Faeth and J. Westra. 1998. "Accounting for Natural Resources in Income and Productivity Measurements" in Environmental Performance Metrics and Ecosystem Condition, edited by Peter Schulze. Washington DC: National Academy Press.
Faeth, P. and J. Westra. 1993. "Alternatives to Corn and Soybean Production in Two Regions of the United States" in Agricultural Policy and Sustainability: Case Studies from India, Chile, the Philippines and the United States, edited by Paul Faeth. Washington DC: World Resources Institute.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Boutwell, L. and J. Westra. 2015. "Evidence of Diminishing Marginal Product of Wetlands for Damage Mitigation", Natural Resources 6:48-55.
Boutwell, J. and J. Westra. 2013. "Benefits Transfer: A Review of Methodologies and Challenges" Resources 2(4): 517-527.
Broussard, W., R. Turner and J. Westra. 2012. "Do Federal Farm Policies Influence Surface Water Quality?" Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 158(Sept): 103-109.
Gowda, P., J. Westra, D. Petrolia, B. Dalzell and D. Mulla. 2011. "Impact of Targeted Removal of Residue Cover on Water Quality in the Sand Creek Watershed," Journal of Environmental Hydrology 19(11): 1-12.
Kim, S., J. Westra and J. Gillespie. 2010. "Adoption of Russian Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees among United States Beekeepers," Korean Journal of Agricultural Management and Policy 37(4): 643-662.
Paudel, K., W. Gauthier, J. Westra and L. Hall. 2008. "Dairy Programs to Reduce
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Manure-Related Environmental Problems: The Case of the Louisiana Milkshed," Journal of Environmental Systems 31(4): 367-383.
Paudel, K., W. Gauthier, J. Westra and L. Hall. 2008. "Factors Influencing and Steps Leading to the Adoption of Best Management Practices by Louisiana Dairy Farmers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 40(1): 203-222.
Hinson, R., C. Motsenbocker and J. Westra. 2007. "Management Challenges in a Maturing Industry: A Teaching Case Study of Melon Farming in Latin America," Horticultural Technology 17(2): 262-268.
Johansson, R., M. Livingston, J. Westra and K. Guidry. 2006. "Simulating the U.S. Impacts of Alternative Asian Soybean Rust Treatment Regimes," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 35(1):52-63.
Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. 2005. "Bioeconomic Analysis of Selected Conservation Practices on Soil Erosion and Freshwater Fisheries." Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41(2):309-322.
Boody, G., B. Vondracek, D. Andow, M. Krinke, J. Westra, J. Zimmerman and P. Welle. 2005. "Multifunctional Agriculture in the US." Bioscience 55(1): 27-48.
Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. 2004. "Do Conservation Practices and Programs Benefit the Intended Resource Concern?," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 33(1):105-120.
Vondracek, B., J. Zimmerman and J. Westra. 2003. "Setting an Effective TMDL: Sediment Loading and Effects of Suspended Sediment on Fish," Journal of the American Water Resources Association 39(5):1005-1015.
Zimmerman, J., B. Vondracek and J. Westra. 2003. "Agricultural land use effects on sediment loading and fish assemblages in two Minnesota watersheds," Environmental Management 32(1): 93-105.
Westra, J., K. Easter and K. Olson. 2002. "Targeting Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: Phosphorus in the Minnesota River Basin." Journal of the American Water Resources Association 38(2): 493-505.
Westra, J., K. Boyle and G. Porter. 1995. "Net revenues of potatoes rotated with other crops." American Potato Journal 72(2): 99-117.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
Westra, J. and A. Matekole. "Economic Analysis of Tillage and Nutrient Best Management Practices for Reducing Nutrient Export to the Gulf of Mexico from a Mississippi River Delta Watershed." Proceedings from Science to Solutions:
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Reducing Nutrient Export to the Gulf of Mexico Workshop, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Des Moines IA, December 2009.
Drinkwater, L., M. David, R. Galt, J. Gardner, S. Hufnagl-Eichiner, L. Marshall, S. Snapp, C. Tonitto, J. Westra and S. Wolf . "Hypoxia and the Mississippi River Basin as a model system: What can we learn about the social-ecological interface?" Proceedings of the 94th ESA Annual Convention. Albuquerque NM, August 2009.
Westra, J., A. Matekole and T. Appelboom. "Bioeconomic Analysis of Nutrient Reduction Strategies in the Lower Mississippi River Basin to Address Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico." Proceedings of the Coastal Zone 09 Conference: Revolutionary Times: Catching the Wave of Change. Boston MA, July 2009.
Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. "Economic Valuation of Benefits Provided by Crawfish Pond Habitat." Proceedings of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, January 2009.
Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. "Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs of Louisiana's Working Wetlands." Proceedings of the 4th Annual Partners in Flight International Conference, McAllen TX, February 2008.
Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. "Louisiana' Agricultural Wetlands: Potential Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs." Proceedings of the Coastal Zone 07 Conference: Brewing Local Solutions to Your Coastal Issues. Portland OR, July 2007.
Westra, J. and R. Johansson. "Pollution Credit Trading: A Means to Mitigate Uncertainty." Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association 2006 Summer Specialty Conference: Adaptive Management of Water Resources. M. Colosimo and D. Potts, editors. Missoula MT, June 2006.
Westra, J. "Policies for Reducing Nitrogen Leakiness in Agriculture: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects on Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia." Proceedings of the Coastal Zone 05 Conference. New Orleans LA, July 2005.
Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. "Changes in the Crayfish and Rice Industries in Louisiana: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of Agricultural Wetland Loss." Freshwater Crayfish 15. London England, April 2005.
Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. "Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of Select Conservation Programs of the 2002 Farm Bill." Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Workshop Proceedings "Linkages Between Agricultural and Conservation Policies." Portsmouth NH, June 2003. Published by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, The Pennsylvania State University.
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Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. "Economic and Environmental Benefits of Mandated Agricultural Best Management Practices." 2003 Spring Specialty Conference Proceedings "Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality." Kansas City MO, May 2003.
Vondracek, B., J. Zimmerman and J. Westra. "Setting an Effective TMDL for Suspended Sediment." 2003 Spring Specialty Conference Proceedings "Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality." Kansas City MO, May 2003.
Westra, J., K. Easter and K. Olson. "Targeting Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: Phosphorus in the Minnesota River Basin." Proceedings of Integrated DecisionMaking for Watershed Management Symposium: Processes and Tools, Chevy Chase MD, January 2001.
Westra, J. "Economic Gains from Targeting Nonpoint Phosphorus Pollution." Proceedings of The Watershed Approach to Improving Water Quality: Fact or Fantasy, La Crosse WI, March 2000.
Refereed Manuscripts in Review
Boutwell, J.L and J. Westra. "The Role of Wetlands for Mitigating Economic Damage from Hurricanes", manuscript submitted for review Journal of the American Water Resources Association, June 2015.
Gabrielyan, G., S. Chintawar and J. Westra. "Economics of Cover Crops: Factors Influencing Adoption and Its Effect on Nitrogen Use and Profitability", manuscript submitted for review to Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, November 2014.
Refereed Publications ? Experiment Station Articles and Bulletins
Boutwell, J. and J. Westra. 2014. "The Efficacy of Wetlands for Storm Damage Mitigation." Louisiana Agriculture, 57(3): 11-12.
Leiby, J. and J. Westra. 2014. "Factors Influencing Adoption of VSH Queens in Honey Bee Breeding Industry." Louisiana Agriculture, 57(1): 20-21.
Salassi, M., M. Deliberto, J. Westra and K. Gravois. 2013. "Economic Importance of Louisiana Sugarcane Production in 2012," Sugarcane Research: Annual Progress Report, 2012, Sugar Research Station, LSU Agricultural Center, pp. 13.
Salassi, M., M. Deliberto, J. Westra and K. Gravois. 2012. "Economic Importance of Louisiana Sugarcane Production in 2011," Sugarcane Research: Annual Progress Report, 2011, Sugar Research Station, LSU Agricultural Center, pp. 13.
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