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Faculty - Paul Mitchell


Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
E-Mail Address:
Telephone: (608) 265-6514
Fax: (608) 262-4376
Office Address: 418 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.Madison, WI  53706
Interests: Production Economics; Risk Management; Integrated Pest Management (IPM); Resistance Management; Sustainability
Office Hours: By appointment
My research program focuses broadly on the economics of crop production, emphasizing insect and weed management for both commodity crops and specialty crops, while my work on risk management examines crop insurance and federal commodity programs to manage farm income risk. Recent work has included developing sustainability metrics for growers as part of a practical agricultural sustainability program, examining the potential impacts of gene drives, and applications of machine learning to farm management data.

Education

Ph.D., 1999, Economics (Major Agricultural Economics), Iowa State University
M.A., 1991, Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., 1990, History, Iowa State University

Recent Papers & Publications

  • Dong, F., P.D. Mitchell, T. Hurley and G. Frisvold. 2016. "Quantifying Adoption Intensity for Weed Resistance Management Practices and Its Determinants among U.S. Soybean, Corn, and Cotton Farmers" Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 41:42-61
  • Dong, Fengxia, Paul Mitchell, Vince Davis, Ross Recker. 2016. "Impact of Atrazine Prohibition on the Sustainability of Weed Management in Wisconsin Corn Production" Pest Management Science doi:10.1002/ps.4298
  • Moore, Virginia, Paul Mitchell, Erin Silva, Brad Barham. 2016. "Cover Crop Adoption and Intensity on Wisconsin’s Organic Vegetable Farms" Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 40(7):693-713
  • Hurley, Terrence, and Paul Mitchell. 2016. "Value of Insecticide Seed Treatments to U.S. Soybean Farmers" Pest Management Science DOI:10.1002/ps.4424
  • Recker, R.A., P.D. Mitchell, D.E. Stoltenberg, J.G. Lauer, and V.M. Davis. 2015. "Late-season Weed Escape Survey Reveals Discontinued Atrazine Use Associated with Greater Abundance of Broadleaf Weeds" Weed Technology 29:451-463
  • Recker, R.A., J.G. Lauer, D.E. Stoltenberg, P.D. Mitchell, and V. M. Davis. 2015. "Does Timing Influence the Utility of Reduced Atrazine Rates for Proactive Resistance Management? " Weed Technology 29:464-471
  • Andow, D.A., S.G. Pueppke, A.W. Schaafsma, A.J. Gassman, T.W. Sappington, L.J. Meinke, P.D. Mitchell, T.M. Hurley, R.L. Hellmich, and R.P. Porter. 2015. "Early Detection and Mitigation of Resistance to Bt Maize by Western Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)" Journal of Economic Entomology Sept
  • Milne, A.M, J.R. Bell, W.D. Hutchison, F. van den Bosch, P.D. Mitchell, D. Crowder, S. Parnell, and A.P. Whitemore. 2015. "The effect of farmers’ decisions on pest control with Bt crops: a billion dollar ecology game." PLoS Computational Biology Dec
  • Tinsley, N, P.D. Mitchell, R. Wright, L. Meinke, R. Estes, M. Gray. 2015. "Estimation of Efficacy Functions for Products Used to Manage Corn Rootworm Larval Injury" Journal of Applied Entomology Oct
  • Dong, F., P.D. Mitchell, D. Knuteson, J. Wyman, A.J. Bussan, and S Conley. 2015. "Assessing Sustainability and Improvements in U.S. Midwestern Soybean Production Systems Using a PCA-DEA Approach" Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Oct
  • Gaspar, A.P., S.P. Conley, and P.D. Mitchell. 2015. "Economic Risk and Profitability of Soybean Seed Treatments at Reduced Seeding Rates" Crop Science
  • Dong, F., P.D. Mitchell, and J. Colquhoun. 2015. "Measuring Farm Sustainability Using Data Envelope Analysis with Principal Components: The Case of Wisconsin Cranberry" Journal of Environmental Management 147:175-183
  • Silva, E., F. Dong, P.D. Mitchell, and R. Claypool. 2015. "Impact of marketing channels on perceptions of quality of life and profitability for Wisconsin’s organic vegetable farmers" Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Mitchell, P.D. . 2014. "Market-level assessment of the economic benefits of atrazine in the United States" Pest Management Science 70:1684-1696
  • Roderick Rejesus, M. Mutuc-Hensley, P.D. Mitchell, K.H. Coble, and T.O. Knight. 2013. "U.S. Agricultural Producer Perceptions of Climate Change" Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 45:701-718
  • Erin Silva, R. Claypool, J. Munsch, J. Hendrickson, P.D. Mitchell, and J. Mills. 2013. "Veggie Compass: A Spreadsheet-Based Tool to Calculate Cost-of-Production for Diversified Organic Vegetable Farmers" Hort Technology
  • Paul D. Mitchell. 2013. "Market-level assessment of the economic benefits of atrazine in the United States" Pest Management Sdcience
  • Paul D. Mitchell and D. W. Onstad. "Valuing Insect Resistance in an Uncertain Future." in D.W. Onstad, ed. Insect Resistance Management: Biology, Economics, and Prediction, 2nd ed. . San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2013, pp.17-38.
  • Terry Hurley and P.D. Mitchell. "nsect Resistance Management: Adoption and Compliance." in D.W. Onstad, ed. Insect Resistance Management: Biology, Economics, and Prediction, 2nd ed.. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2013, pp.227-253.
  • Paul D. Mitchell, Deana Knuteson, and Jeff Wyman. "Update on the SCRI Sustainable Processing Vegetable Project." The Badger Common’Tater   2013, pp.9-13
  • Mitchell, P. D., R. Rejesus, K.H. Coble, T. O. Knight. 2012. "Analyzing Farmer Participation Intentions and Enrollment Rates for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program" Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy 34:615-636
  • Goesser, N, P.D. Mitchell, P. Esker, D. Curwen, G. Weis, and A.J. Bussan. 2012. "Modeling Long-term Trends in Potato Growth and Development in Wisconsin" Agronomy (2):14-27
  • 3. You, W., P.D. Mitchell, and R. Nayga. 2012. "Improving Food Choices among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipients" Health Economics 21:852-864
  • Onstad, D.W., P.D. Mitchell, T.M. Hurley, J.G. Lundgren, R.P. Porter, C.H. Krupke, J.L. Spencer, C.D. DiFonzo, T.S. Baute, R.L. Hellmich, L. Buschman, W.D. Hutchison, and J.F. Tooker. 2011. "Seeds of Change: Corn Seed Mixtures for Resistance Management and IPM" Journal of Economic Entomology 104:343-352
  • You, W., P.D. Mitchell, and R. Nayga. 2011. "Improving Food Choices among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipients" Health Economics
  • Dun, Zhe, Paul Mitchell, Mauro Agosti. 2010. "Estimating Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Damage Functions with Field Data: Applying an Unbalanced Nested Error Component Model" Journal of Applied Entomology 134:409-419
  • Dillen, Koen, Paul Mitchell, Eric Tollens. 2010. "On the Competitiveness of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Damage Abatement Strategies in Hungary: A Bio-economic Approach" Journal of Applied Entomology 134:395-408
  • Dillen, Koen, Paul Mitchell, T. Van Looy, Eric Tollens. 2010. "The Western Corn Rootworm, A New Threat to European Agriculture: Opportunities for Biotechnology?" Pest Management Science 66:956-966
  • Hutchison, W.D., E. Burkness, P.D. Mitchell, R.D. Moon, T.W. Leslie, S.J. Fleischer, M. Abrahamson, K.L. Hamilton, K.L. Steffey, M.E. Gray, R.L. Hellmich, L.V. Kaster, T.E. Hunt, R.J. Wright, K. Pecinovsky, T.L. Rabaey, B.R. Flood, and E.S. Raun. 2010. "Areawide Suppression of European Corn Borer with Bt Maize Reaps Savings to Non-Bt Maize Growers" Science 330:222-225
  • Mitchell, P. D., J. Weber, B. Barham. "Fair Trade Coffee—Lessons for Healthy Grown." The Badger Common’Tater   2010, pp.62(8):9-11
  • Hsieh, M., P. Mitchell, K. Stiegert. 2009. "Potato Demand in an Increasingly Organic Marketplace" Agribusiness: An International Journal 25(3):369-394
  • Frisvold, George, Terry Hurley, and Paul Mitchell. 2009. "Overview: Herbicide Resistant Crops – Diffusion, Benefits, Pricing and Resistance Management" AgBioForum 12:244-248
  • Hurley, Terry, Paul Mitchell, George Frisvold. 2009. "Characteristics of Herbicides and Weed Management Programs Most Important to Corn, Cotton, and Soybean Growers" AgBioForum 12:269-280
  • Hurley, Terry, Paul Mitchell, George Frisvold. 2009. "Weed Management Costs, Weed Best Management Practices, and The Roundup Ready® Weed Management Program" AgBioForum 12:281-290
  • Hurley, Terry, Paul Mitchell, George Frisvold. 2009. "Adoption of Best Management Practices to Control Weed Resistance by Cotton, Corn, and Soybean Growers" AgBioForum 12:370-381
  • Hurley, Terry, Paul Mitchell, George Frisvold. 2009. "Effects of Weed Resistance Concerns and Resistance Management Practices on the Value of Roundup Ready® Crops" AgBioForum 12:291-302
  • Mitchell, P. T. Knight. 2008. "Economic Analysis of Supplemental Deductible Coverage in the USDA’s 2007 Farm Bill Proposal" Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 37:117-131
  • Mitchell, P., and W. Hutchison. "Assessing and Communicating the Value and Risk of IPM." in Integrated Pest Management. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2008,
  • Mitchell, P., and D. Onstad. "Valuing Insect Resistance in an Uncertain Future." in Insect Resistance Management: Biology, Economics, and Prediction. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2008, pp.17-38.
  • Hurley, T., and P. Mitchell. "Insect Resistance Management: Adoption and Compliance." in Insect Resistance Management: Biology, Economics, and Prediction. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2008, pp.227-253.
  • Bussan, A., P. Mitchell, M. Copas, and M. Drilias. 2007. "Evaluation of In-Row Spacing on Potato Yield and Tuber Size Distribution" Crop Science 47:2462-2472
  • D. W. Onstad, D. W. Crowder, P. D. Mitchell, C. A. Guse, J. L. Spencer, E. Levine and M. E. Gray. 2003. "Economics versus Alleles: Balancing IPM and IRM for Rotation-Resistant Western Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)" Journal of Economic Entomology 96(December ):1872-1885
  • J. M. Alston, J. Hyde, M. C. Marra and P. D. Mitchell. 2003. "An Ex Ante Analysis of the Benefits from the Adoption of Corn Rootworm Resistant, Transgenic Corn Technology" AgBioForum 5:71-84
  • Cheng, Lan, Paul Mitchell. "Status of the Wisconsin Ginseng Industry." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Arledge-Keene, A., and P. D. Mitchell. "Economic Impact of Specialty Crop Production in Wisconsin." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Shelley, K.B., and P.D. Mitchell. "Cover Crops and Crop Insurance." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Last updated on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 2:15pm