Community Leaders

Karl Behrendt
Harper Adams University
Vice Leader:
Marius Michels
George-August-University of Goettingen

Community Members

Ejaz Ashraf
University of Sargodha, Punjab-Pakistan
Bere Benjamin Bantchina
Bursa Uludağ University
David Behr
Karl Behrendt
Harper Adams University
Abdel-Aziz Belal
National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NA
Asim Biswas
University of Guelph
Maria Boerngen
Illinois State University
Betty Bonnardel
Farmer Charlie
John Deere
Wei Deng
National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture
Latifa Dhaouadi
Centre Régional de Recherches en Agriculture Oasienne
Rajveer Dhillon
Central State University
Gheorghe Donca
University of Oradea
Luis Alfonso Escobedo
Alex Escolà
Universitat de Lleida
Byron Evers
Kansas State University
John P Fulton
The Ohio State University
Jose Antonio Guzman Alvarez
Hannu E S Haapala
University of Helsinki
Researcher /Plant and Microbial Biotechnology/MAScIR-UM6P
Marcel Ionescu
Bilal Javed
Agriculture and agrifood, Canada
Gaurav Jha
Kansas State University
Masakazu Kodaira
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Peter Kovacs
South Dakota State University
Andrew Krmenec
Won Suk Lee
University of Florida
James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Harper Adams University
Bruce D Maxwell
Montana StateUniversity
Jonathan McFadden
Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ricardo Medina
Ink Topografia
Wyatt Medina
Montana State University
Shay Mey-tal
Yuxin Miao
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Marius Michels
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Somali National University
Jose Paulo Molin
University of Sao Paulo
EIJI Morimoto
Kobe University
Carlos Mosquera
AFRD Georgia
Penelope Nagel
Persistence Data Mining, Inc
Renzo Pimenta Negrini
University of Minnesota
Anh Nguyen
Auburn University
Héctor Nieto Solana
Chikeobi Nnah
Pedro Olivares
Manuel Perez-Ruiz
University of Seville, Spain
Bayu Taruna Widjaja Putra
Center of Excellence on AI for Industrial Agriculture
Stanislaw Marek M Samborski
Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Amrit Shrestha
Mississippi State University
Zaundra Stoltzfus
Akwasi Tagoe
University of Arkansas
Justin Ajinga Tanyi
Union Farms of Africa (UFA)
Simerjeet Virk
University of Georgia
Shiying Wang
Greencare-HZAU Institute of Precision Agriculture
Jim Wilson
Soilessentials Ltd
Kang Yu
Technical University of Munich
Jonathan Zettler
Fieldwalker Agronomy Limited

Economics Community

Community name: Precision Agriculture Economics, Profitability, Adoption, and Risk

Justification: The profitability of new technology ultimately determines the success at the farm level and can be measured in part by examining the adoption trends. From the farm and agribusiness side, the economic questions have always been at least as important as the technical issues especially after commercialization of the product.
The scope of this community includes all agricultural economists and associated economic topics including other social sciences. Pertinent topics are profitability, economics, efficiency, and adoption. Economists often examine the profitability of precision either as individual or bundled technology. The economics at the micro- and macro-scale are being evaluated. The adoption trends of technology in both developed and developing countries are often a sub-theme that economists study. Social science topics may include impacts of technology on the rural household, not just the farming operation.
Proposed activities
  • Organize two oral paper sessions at each ICPA, one for profitability and economics and the other on adoption trends and other social science issues.
  • Hold bi-yearly virtual meetings via Skype or similar to encourage worldwide collaboration on adoption trends of precision technology.
  • Hold breakfast meeting at ICPA in even number years to elect Community Leaders and discuss topics for collaboration to present at the next ICPA.
  • Community members will reach out to their colleagues to encourage abstract submission for consideration for presentations.
  • Maintain web page on ISPA website including list of current projects and team members
  • Contribute an entry for ISPA newsletter twice a year

Call for Nominations - Economics Community

ISPA Economics Community

We are very much looking forward to the 2024 ICPA (16th) and encourage ISPA members to attend the conference and become part of the ISPA Economics Community. During the ICPA 2024 Economics Community meeting Marius Michels, the incumbent Deputy Economics Community Leader, will take over from Karl Behrendt.


Call for Nominations – Deputy Economics Community Leader

The ISPA Economics Community is now calling for nominations to take up the position of Deputy Economics Community Leader. The role would begin post-ICPA with the successful nominee becoming the Economics Community Leader from the 17th ICPA for a period of 2 years.


If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please email Karl Behrendt, ISPA Economics Community Leader (kbehrendt@harper-adams.ac.uk) or Marius Michels, ISPA Economics Community Deputy Leader (marius.michels@agr.uni-goettingen.de) a short bio for consideration by the broader economics community. Nominations should be sent by 31st May 2024.

Related Resources

ISPA Economics Community

Deputy Economics Community Leader Professor Marius Michels from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) has successfully been elected un-opposed as the incoming ISPA Economics Community Deputy Leader.   Marius Michels, who grew up on an arable farm, pursued a bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences with a specialization in crop sciences at the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany in 2013. Subsequently, he commenced a master's program in economic and social sciences of agriculture at the same university, completing it in 2016. His PhD thesis centered on the utilization of smartphones for agricultural purposes.   At present, Marius Michels is a visiting professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he directs the department of quantitative agricultural economics. His primary research interest pertains to digitalization in agriculture, with a particular emphasis on analyzing farm-level decision-making. Additionally, he actively investigates risk management strategies for farms, the agricultural land market, agricultural policies, as well as behavioral and experimental economics. The ISPA Economics Community greatly appreciates Marius’ commitment and support and look forward to his leadership.   ISPA Economics Community Event During the 18th & 19th September 2023 the ISPA Economics Community will be hosting a special session at the 6th Symposium on Agri-Tech Economics for Sustainable Futures organised by Harper Adams University, UK. The session will be focused on the Economics and Adoption of Precision Agriculture. We are very excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the session is Professor Jess (James) Lowenberg-DeBoer (co-editor of the journal Precision Agriculture 2016-2022 and past president of the ISPA) who will be presenting on Lessons Learned in 30 years of Precision Agriculture Research.   The session is part of an in-person symposium at Harper Adams University in the UK, with discounted on-campus accommodation available and a very sociable conference dinner. You are invited to showcase your work and discuss it among world leading peers and fellow Economics Community members. The call for papers is currently open and closes on the 10th July 2023 and we encourage ISPA members to consider submitting their work. For more information go to: https://www.agritechecon.co.uk/

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Notes from 2018 JUN Meeting in Montreal

Bullet points regarding the Economics Community meeting at ICPA in Montreal, June 2018: Terry Griffin, Founding Leader, from Kansas State University  and Jordan Shockley, Founding Vice Leader, from the University of Kentucky initiated the first economics community meeting 26 people were in attendance plus 2 that called into the meeting. Those in the meeting represented a wide range of backgrounds, locations, and experience in PA (not just economists) Many topics were discussed but two areas the committee decided to move forward with were: (1) economics of autonomous machinery and (2) pulling together adoption data and research from the global perspective. Jordan Shockley (University of Kentucky) agreed to be the new Leader of the Economcis Community while Jiali Shang (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) agreed to be the new Vice Leader

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