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Name: John Westra
Title: Associate Professor
Specialization: Enviromental/Production Economics
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Department: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 273 Martin D. Woodin Hall
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803 - 5604
Phone Number: (225) 578-2721
Fax Number: (225) 578-2716

Education/Training
Ph.D. – Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 2001.

M.S. – Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maine, 1991.

B.A. – Psychology, Grinnell College, 1984.
Areas of Specialization/Research
Enviromental/Production Economics
Professional Experience
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2008 to present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 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.

Agricultural Economist, Agricultural Cooperative Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, District of Columbia, August 1991 to July 1992.


Teaching History – Courses Taught

AGEC 9000 Thesis Research (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA) Guided research project designed by instructor and Ph.D. student on various agricultural economics topics. 2002 - 2011. Students: 9.

AGEC 8000 Thesis Research (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA) Guided research project designed by instructor and M.S. student on various agricultural economics topics. 2002 - 2011. Students: 10.

AGEC 7710 Special Topics – Graduate Seminar (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA) Directed seminar for M.S. and Ph.D. students on various research topics of agricultural economics. 2009 - 2010. Students: 30.

AGEC 7703 Independent Study in Agricultural Economics (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA) Independent studies designed by instructor and student on various agricultural economics topics. 2002 - 2010. Students: 9.

AGEC 4403 Agricultural Finance (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA) Principles of financial management with applications in agriculture and agribusiness and examples of the tools of financial analysis useful in planning and business management. Fall 2005 Enrollment: 39.

ECON 121 Principles of Economics (St. Olaf College, Northfield MN) Introduction to the basic economic problem all societies face (coordinating their wants and desires) and a discussion of the ways people have attempted to solve this problem. Fall 2001 Enrollment: Section 1 – 28, Section 2 – 28.

ES 232 Environmental Policy and Regulation (St. Olaf College, Northfield MN) Survey of environmental problems and policy mechanisms designed to address them; case-study analysis of specific environmental problems of local concern to students. Fall 2001 Enrollment: 20.

ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN) Introduction to the theory of the firm, consumer or household behavior, and the economic problem of coordinating the wants of individuals within a society. Fall 1998 Enrollment: 30.

APEC 3002 Applied Microeconomics: Managerial Economics (Computer Lab Section at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN): Application of microeconomic theory to agribusiness management problems; computer-based exercises of course material. Spring 1998 Enrollment: 24.

Awards/Grants
Awarded Research Support/Grant Activities – Total Awarded: $3,979,537 – also see Extension Support for Extension-related Awards

“Assessing the Transfer and Economic Value of Mite-Resistance Trait Varroa-Sensitive Hygiene (VSH)” – USDA-ARS, $10,000 (2011) over one year.

“Profitability for Small Beef Producers through Sustainable Forage Systems and Value Added Forage Fed Beef Production” – USDA-NIFA AFRI: Prosperity for Small and Medium-sized Farms and Rural Communities, $498,534 (2010) over three years with G. Scaglia, J. Gillespie, R.W. Harrison, W. Prinyawiwatkul, M. Janes, K. McMillin (LSU AgCenter) and F. Malekian (Southern University).

“Making Needed Ecosystem Services Pay in an Agricultural Watershed – Phase II” – Walton Family Foundation, $299,991 (2010-2011) over two year with G. Boody and T. VanDerPol (Land Stewardship Project), J. Abdulla (USDA-ARS), D. Johnson and P. Wymar (University of Minnesota – Morris), F. Durbain (US Fish and Wildlife Service).

“Making Needed Ecosystem Services Pay in Minnesota Agricultural Watershed” – Minnesota Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), $247,000 (2010-2012) over two years with G. Boody and T. VanDerPol (Land Stewardship Project), J. Abdulla (USDA-ARS) and D. Johnson and P. Wymar (University of Minnesota – Morris).

“Improving Fall Organic Vegetable Crops and Soils with Summer Cover Crops” – Southern SARE Research and Education. $193,500 (2010-2012) over three years with C. Motsenbocker, D. Labonte, R. Hinson, D. Ferrin, R. Story, G. Breitenbeck, M. Kongchum, M. McKenna (LSU AgCenter), B. Evans (Mississippi State University), R. Mentreddy (Alabama A&M University) and R. Chintha (Alcorn State University).

“Making Needed Ecosystem Services Pay in an Agricultural Watershed” – USDA-CSREES AFRI and EPA STAR Enhancing Ecosystem Services from Agricultural Lands: Management, Quantification, and Developing Decision Support Tools. $468,551 (2010 - 2012) over three years with G. Boody and T. VanDerPol (Land Stewardship Project), J. Abdulla (USDA-ARS) and D. Johnson and P. Wymar (University of Minnesota – Morris).

“Making Needed Ecosystem Services Pay in an Agricultural Watershed” – Walton Family Foundation, $199,992 (2009) over one year with G. Boody and T. VanDerPol (Land Stewardship Project), J. Abdulla (USDA-ARS), D. Johnson and P. Wymar (University of Minnesota – Morris), F. Durbain (US Fish and Wildlife Service).

“Developing a foundation for analysis of natural and human-induced disturbances to coastal economies” – Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), $32,708 over two-year period (2008-2009) with D. Petrolia (Mississippi State University).

“Promotion strategies for Louisiana Vegetable and Sweet Potatoes” – Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. $27,500 over two-year period (2008-2009) with R. Hinson (LSU AgCenter).

“A Simulation Study to Evaluate Ditch-drainage, Stream-flow Diversion, and In-stream Process for Reducing Nitrate Loads in Stream Networks” – USDA-ARS $170,561 over three-year period (2006-2009) with D. Thomas (LSU AgCenter) and J. Fouss (USDA-ARS).

“Understanding Linkages between Human and Biogeochemical Processes in Agricultural Landscapes” – NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment: Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems, Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems. $1,600,000 over five-year period (2006-2011) with L. Drinkwater and S. Wolf (Cornell University), C. Li (University of New Hampshire), M. David (University of Illinois), S. Snapp (Michigan State University) and S. Greenhalgh and L. Marshall (World Resources Institute).

“Calibrating and Enhancing the U.S. Regional Agricultural Sector Mathematical Programming Model (USMP)” – USDA-ERS $45,000 over two-year period (2003-2005) with R. Johansson (USDA-ERS).

“Estimating the Economic Impact of the Release by USDA ARS of a Stock of Russian Honey Bees Resistance to Varroa destructor” – USDA-ARS $86,200 over two-year period (2003-2005) with T. Rinderer (USDA-ARS).

“An Economic Analysis of Opportunities for Economic Development and Environmental Enhancement on Farm and Forest Lands in the Louisiana Delta Region: The Feasibility and Efficacy of Landowner Cooperatives” – Louisiana State University Graduate School Competitive Graduate Research Assistantship Grant $100,000 over four-year period (2003-2007), with M.A. Dunn (LSU Ag Center).


Awarded Extension Support/Grant Activities – Total Awarded: $397,539 – see Research Support for Research-related Awards

“A Pilot Project to Study the Barriers to Establishing Linkages between Agricultural Producers and School Lunch Programs” – USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) $30,532 (2011) with P. Hodson, B. McGhee, M. Armentor, C. Stephens, A. Gaudet and T. Bui (LSU AgCenter).

“Louisiana Flood Recovery Project” – USDA-NIFA, Smith-Lever Special Needs Grant for Flood Recovery $118,549 (2011-2012) with B. Fletcher, R. White, J. Tucker, M. Wolcott and D. Hurlbert (LSU AgCenter).

“Louisiana MarketMaker Initiative” – Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) $125,000 (2010-2012) with R. Hinson, R. Caffey and J. Barnes (LSU Ag Center).

Travel Support for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Annual Meeting at Southern Outlook Conference – Southern Region Risk Management Education Center (Southern Region RME Center), $2,556 (2007) with K. Guidry (LSU AgCenter).

“Enterprise Budgets for Container-grown Woody Ornamental Plants, Climatic Zones 8 and 9” - USDA-CSREES, Southern Center for Risk Management Education, Texas Cooperative Extension $39,900 (2006) with R. Hinson and A. Owings (LSU Ag Center), D. Fields, J. Eakes, and K. Tilt (Auburn University), R. Rainey (University of Arkansas), J. Block, K. Hood, and R. Harkess (Mississippi State University), C. Garland (University of Tennessee).

“Risk Management Training for Absentee Landowner Issues” – USDA-CSREES, Southern Center for Risk Management Education, Texas Cooperative Extension $45,002 over one-year period (2005) with K. Guidry (LSU Ag Center), Greg Ibendahl, John Anderson, and Charlie Forest (Mississippi State University) and Tony Windham (University of Arkansas).

“Louisiana Agricultural Risk Management Initiative” – USDA-CSREES, Southern Center for Risk Management Education, Texas Cooperative Extension $30,000 (2004-2006) with G. Giesler, K. Guidry, L. Johnson, K. Paxton, M. Salassi, K. Wegenhoft (LSU Ag Center).


Pending Extension Support/Grant Activities

“Reviving the New Orleans French Market into a Farmer’s Market and Food Hub” – USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), $99,998 (2011-2012) with P. Hodson, R. Hinson (LSU AgCenter), New Orleans French Market Corps, Culinary Strategies, LLC and Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

“Louisiana Direct: Development of Coastal Seafood Marketing Networks” – Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Oil Disaster Recovery Program Direct Marketing Outreach Fund, $559,141 (2011-2014) with R. Caffey, T. Hymel and J. Bell (LSU AgCenter).

“Implementation support for MarketMaker – a direct marketing tool for Louisiana seafood and specialty crops” – USDA-Rural Development, Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), $184,998 (2011) with R. Hinson (LSU AgCenter).


Professional Awards

Best Poster Presentation – Westra, J., R. Hinson, B. Clark and T. Cooper. “Louisiana’s Seafood Industry Recovery: Potential Economic Impacts of MarketMaker.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Corpus Christi TX, February 2011.

USDA-NIFA Partnership Award, Multistate Effort – J. Westra and R. Hinson (co-Project Leaders in Louisiana) as part of the National Food MarketMaker Program, “for giving consumers better access to fresh, local foods and farmers more opportunities for profitability through successful, multistate partnership.” USDA – National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Washington DC, October 2010.

Best Student Paper Presentation – Zimmerman, J., B. Vondracek, and J. Westra. “Effects of Agricultural Practices on Fish Communities in Two Minnesota Watersheds.” American Fisheries Society, Minnesota Chapter, Annual Meeting, Duluth MN, May 2002.


Extension Awards and Recognition

Best Poster Presentation – Westra, J., R. Hinson, B. Clark and T. Cooper. “Louisiana’s Seafood Industry Recovery: Potential Economic Impacts of MarketMaker.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Corpus Christi TX, February 2011.

USDA-NIFA Partnership Award, Multistate Effort – J. Westra and R. Hinson (co-Project Leaders in Louisiana) as part of the National Food MarketMaker Program, “for giving consumers better access to fresh, local foods and farmers more opportunities for profitability through successful, multistate partnership.” USDA – National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Washington DC, October 2010.

Best Poster Presentation (3rd place) – Westra, J.V., R.H. Caffey and J.V. Huner. “Working Lands Programs: Potential Tools for Conserving Agricultural Wetlands." Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Little Rock AR, February 2005.
Publications/Presentations/Patents
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

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 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: 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: Reducing Nutrient Export to the Gulf of Mexico Workshop, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Des Moines IA, December 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.

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 Decision-Making 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

Broussard, W., R. Turner and J. Westra. “Do Federal Farm Policies Influence Surface Water Quality?” Submitted to and in review at Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, March 2011.


Other Refereed Publications – Experiment Station Articles and Bulletins

Detre, J., B. Clark, T. Mark and J. Westra. 2011. “Louisiana Farmers Markets.” Louisiana Agriculture, 54(1):16-17.

Salassi, M., M. Deliberto, J. Westra and K. Gravois, “Economic Importance of Louisiana Sugarcane Production in 2010,” LSU Agricultural Center Sugar Station Annual Research Report, 2010, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, pp. 1-3.

Han, K., M. Alison Jr., W. Pitman, M. McCormick and J. Westra. 2010. “Clover value in pastures rises as nitrogen fertilizer price increases.” Louisiana Agriculture, 53(3):6-9.

Westra, J., V. Moreira and R. Bardwell. 2010. “An Economic Analysis of the Dairy Waste Lagoon Clean-out Program in Louisiana.” Louisiana Agriculture, 53(2):12-13.

Moreira, V., B. LeBlanc, E. Achberger, R. Sheffield, J. Westra, L. Zeringue and C. Leonardi. 2010. “Improving dairy wastewater treatment for environmental quality in Louisiana.” Louisiana Agriculture, 53(2):8-9.

Paudel, K., K. Bhattarai, W. Gauthier and J. Westra. 2010. “A GIS-Based Model of Optimal Dairy Manure Transportation for Use as Fertilizer on Land Application.” Louisiana Agriculture, 53(2):16-17.

Salassi, M., M. Deliberto, J. Westra and B. Legendre, “Economic Importance of Louisiana Sugarcane Production in 2009,” LSU Agricultural Center Sugar Station Annual Research Report, 2009, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, pp. 1-3.

Westra, J. 2007. “Economic Impact of Russian Honey Bees.” Louisiana Agriculture, 50(3):8-11.

Westra, J. and K. Boyle. 1991. An Economic Analysis of Crops Grown in Rotation with Potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station, Bulletin 834, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.


Abstracts in Refereed Journals

Hinson, R., C. Motsenbocker and J. Westra. 2008. “An ‘Integrated Firm’ Strategy in Asian Vegetables Imports”, Abstract: Journal of Food Distribution Research, 39(1) p 148.


Other Publications – Staff Papers and USDA Publications

Fannin, M. and J. Westra. 2010. The Contribution of Conservation Programs to the Louisiana Economy. Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Impact Policy Brief.

Westra, J. and S. Kim. 2006. Estimated Economic Impact of the Release by USDA ARS and Factors Influencing the Adoption of a Stock of Russian Honey Bees Resistant to Varroa destructor. Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University. Research Report to USDA-ARS.

Westra, J. and K. Olson.1997. Farmer's Decision Processes and Adoption of Conservation Tillage. Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota. Staff Paper P97-9.

Westra, J., K. Boyle and G. Porter. 1995. Net Revenues of Potatoes Rotated with Other Crops. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station, Publication No.1879, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.

Westra, J. and J. Halkett. 1992. Northern New England Deer Producers Survey Results. USDA, Agricultural Cooperative Service, Technical Assistance Report, Washington, DC.

Brown, P. and J. Westra. 1992. Tropical Fruit Producers in Hawaii. USDA, Agricultural Cooperative Service, Technical Assistance Report, Washington, DC.


Invited Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

Westra, J. “Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration: Economic Issues and Perspective.” Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Science Meeting, Baton Rouge LA, June 2011.

Boody, G., P. Gowda, J. Westra, C. van Schaik, P. Welle, B. Vondracek and D. Johnson. “Multifunctional Grass Farming: Science and Policy Considerations.” Farming with Grass: Achieving Sustainable Mixed Agricultural Landscapes, Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Oklahoma City OK, October, 2008.

Westra, J. “Integrating Economic and Agri-environmental Modeling of BMPs: Case Studies in Two Watersheds.” Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Watershed Evaluation of BMPs (WEBs), 3rd Annual Workshop, Winnipeg MB Canada, February 2007.

Westra, J. and G. Boody. “Challenges and Benefits of Developing Multifunctional Agroecosystems.” American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Sciences Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA), 2006 International Meetings, Indianapolis IN, November 2006.

Zimmerman, J., B. Vondracek and J. Westra. “Effects of Agriculture on Fish Communities in Two Minnesota Watersheds.” Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Annual Meeting, Des Moines IA, August 2001.


Selected Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

Chintawar, S., G. Gabrielyan and J. Westra. “Effect of Cover Crop Adoption on Nitrogen Use among Conventional and Organic Corn Farms – An Empirical Analysis.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Corpus Christi TX, February 2011.

Hohman, W., W. Norling, J. Pitre, J. Westra, W. Waits and M. Salassi. “Estimates of the Wildlife Value of Rice Fields in Southwestern Louisiana.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Annual Conference, Saint Louis MO, July 2010.

Gabrielyan, G., S. Chintawar and J. Westra. “Factors Affecting Adoption of Cover Crops and its Effect on Nitrogen Usage among US Farmers.” Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy: 3rd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, New Orleans LA, May 2010.

Chintawar, S. and J. Westra. “Welfare Impact of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Regulations on the EU – U.S. Corn Trade Sector.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale FL, February 2010.

Gabrielyan, G., S. Chintawar and J. Westra. “Adoption of Cover Crops and Its Effect on Nitrogen Usage by Farmers.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale FL, February 2010.

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.” Coastal Zone 2009 (CZ 09), Boston MA, July 2009.

Matekole, A., J. Westra and T. Appelboom. “Agricultural Drainage Management: How Economical Is It in Southern Agricultural Systems?” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, February 2009.

Westra, J. and S. Chintawar. “An Energy Cost Estimation of Sugar-Ethanol: A Comparative Analysis with Corn Ethanol Production in the United States.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, February 2009.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “Economic Valuation of Benefits Provided by Crawfish Pond Habitat.” Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, January 2009.

Matekole, A., J. Westra and T. Appelboom. “Biophysical Economic Analysis of Drainage Management Systems in the Mississippi River Basin.” American Water Resources Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, November 2008.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs of Louisiana’s Working Wetlands.” Partners in Flight Annual Conference, Lafayette LA, July 2008.

Westra, J. and A. Matekole. “Biophysical Economic Analysis of Drainage Management Systems in the Mississippi River Basin.” Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association and Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, Annual Meeting, Quebec PQ Canada, July 2008.

Chintawar, S., J. Westra and L. Kennedy. “US-EU Corn Trade Sector: Trade and Welfare Implications of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Regulations and the 'Agenda 2000' Reforms.” Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association and Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, Pre-Conference Workshop on Agricultural Policy at Annual Meeting, Quebec PQ Canada, June 2008.

Detre, J., S. Chintawar, T. Mark and J. Westra. “Assessing the Impacts of the Demand for Corn by the Biofuels Industry on Hog Production: Does Location Matter?” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Dallas TX, February 2008.

Westra, J., R. Johansson and M. Livingston. “Economic and Environmental Effects of an Invasive Species: Asian Soybean Rust Nationally and in the Southern U.S.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Dallas TX, February 2008.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Louisiana’ Agricultural Wetlands: Potential Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs.” Coastal Zone 07 (CZ 07) Conference, Portland OR, July 2007.

Hall, L., K. Paudel, W. Gauthier and J. Westra. “Decision to Adopt and Exit Best Management Practices by Dairy Farmers.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Portland OR, July 2007.

Westra, J. “Nitrogen Leakiness in Agriculture: Potential for Recoupling Human and Natural Systems.” 2nd Annual Ecology / Environment Brevia, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, April 2007.

Westra, J. and P. Welle. “Economic Costs and Benefits Associated with Improved Environmental Quality in Two Agricultural Watersheds.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Environmental Quality, Kansas City MO, October 2006.

Kim, S., J. Westra, and J. Gillespie. “The Adoption of Russian Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Long Beach CA, July 2006.

Westra, J. and R. Johansson. “Pollution Credit Trading: A Means to Mitigate Uncertainty.” American Water Resources Association, Adaptive Management of Water Resources, Missoula MT, June 2006.

Kim, S., J. Westra, and J. Gillespie. “Factors Influencing the Adoption of Russian Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Orlando FL, February 2006.

Gauthier, W., K. Paudel, L. Hall, and J. Westra. “Willingness to Accept Payment to Participate in Dairy Programs to Reduce Manure Related Problems in Louisiana’s Major Dairy Production Region.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Orlando FL, February 2006.

Hall, L., K. Paudel, W. Gauthier, J. Westra, and H. Niu. “Determination of BMP Effectiveness in the Louisiana Dairy Production Region.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Orlando FL, February 2006.

Johansson, R., M. Livingston, J. Westra and K. Guidry. “Preliminary Estimates of U.S. Economic and Environmental Effects of Treating and Adjusting to Asian Soybean Rust.” Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Workshop on Invasive Species, Annapolis MD, June 2005.

Hall, L., K. Paudel, W. Gauthier and J. Westra. “Integrating Survey Information and GIS Modeling Approach to Develop an Optimal Decision Making Tool for Controlling Water Pollution in the Louisiana Dairy Production Region.” Southern Natural Resource Economics Committee (SERA 30), Annual Meeting, Tallahassee FL, May 2005.

Gauthier, W., K. Paudel, J. Westra and L. Hall. “Influence of Cost Share and EQIP Payments on Adoption of Best Management Practices.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Little Rock AR, February 2005.

Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. “Economic and Fisheries Effects of Select Conservation Programs of the 2002 Farm Act.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Annual Conference, Saint Paul MN, July 2004.

Gauthier, W., K. Paudel and J. Westra. “Economic Issues Associated with Disposal of Dairy Manure in a Watershed.” Academy of Economics and Finance, Annual Conference, Biloxi MS, February 2004.

Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. “Potential Economic and Environmental Benefits of Conservation Security Program Practices.” Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Annual Meeting and Workshop, Portsmouth NH, June 2003.

Westra, J., J. Zimmerman and B. Vondracek. “Economic and Environmental Benefits of Mandated Agricultural Best Management Practices.” American Water Resources Association, Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality Conference, Kansas City MO, May 2003.

Vondracek, B., J. Zimmerman and J. Westra. “Setting an Effective TMDL for Suspended Sediment.” American Water Resources Association, Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality Conference, Kansas City MO, May 2003.

Westra, J. “Effects on Farm Income and the Environment from Targeting Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs).” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Mobile AL, February 2003.

Westra, J. “Estimated Impact on Farm Income and Greenhouse Gas Levels from Changing Agricultural Practices.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Mobile AL, February 2003.

Westra, J. “Encouraging Farmers to Produce Environmental Benefits from Agriculture.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Long Beach CA, July 2002.

Zimmerman, J., B. Vondracek and J. Westra. “Effects of Agricultural Practices on Two Minnesota Watersheds.” Minnesota Water 2002 and Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Conference, St. Cloud MN, May 2002.

Zimmerman, J., B. Vondracek and J. Westra. “Effects of Agricultural Practices on Fish Communities in Two Minnesota Watersheds.” American Fisheries Society, Minnesota Chapter, Annual Meeting, Duluth MN, May 2002.

Westra, J. “Enviro-Economic Analysis of Phosphorus Nonpoint Pollution.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, August 2001.

Henry, J., B. Vondracek and J. Westra. “Effects of Agriculture on Fish Communities.” American Fisheries Society, Joint Meeting of the Dakota, Minnesota, and Southeast Ontario Chapters, Fargo ND, June 2001.

Westra, J., K. Easter and K. Olson. “Targeting Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: Phosphorus in the Minnesota River Basin.” Integrated Decision-Making for Watershed Management Symposium: Processes and Tools, Chevy Chase MD, January 2001.

Westra, J. “Economic Gains from Targeting Nonpoint Phosphorus Pollution.” The Soil and Water Conservation Society, The Watershed Approach to Improving Water Quality: Fact or Fantasy, La Crosse WI, March 2000.

Westra, J. “Agricultural Phosphorus Nonpoint Source Pollution in the Minnesota River.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Nashville TN, August 1999.

Westra, J. and K. Olson. “Farmers' Decisions Regarding Management and Technology Choices.” Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Farmer-Led Watershed Initiatives Conference, Mankato MN, February 1997.

Westra, J. and K. Olson. “Non-Financial Factors of Farm Performance.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX, July 1996.


Invited Seminars

Westra, J. “Multifunctional Agriculture in the United States: Case Studies from Two Watersheds.” Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium at Iowa State University, Ames IA, April 2007.

Westra, J. “Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of Selected Conservation Programs (CSP and CRP).” USDA, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Washington DC, June 2005.

Westra, J. “Multiple Benefits of Agriculture: An Integrated Analysis of Two Watersheds in Minnesota.” School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE, May 2005.

Westra, J. “Policies for Reducing Nonpoint Pollution: Theoretical and Practical Considerations.” School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE, May 2005.


Professional Symposia Organized

Paudel, K. and J. Westra. “Economics of Invasive Species in the Southeastern United States” at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Dallas TX, February 2008.


Posters Presented at Professional Meetings

Westra, J. and H. Niu. “Louisiana Agriculture Production through Space and Time.” 27th Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop, New Orleans LA, May 2011.

Westra, J., R. Hinson, B. Clark, and T. Cooper. “Louisiana’s Seafood Industry Recovery: Potential Economic Impacts of MarketMaker.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Corpus Christi TX, February 2011.

Matekole, A. and J. Westra. “Economic Analysis of Tillage and Nutrient Best Management Practices in the Ouachita River Basin, Louisiana.” Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy: 3rd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, New Orleans LA, May 2010.

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.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Science to Solutions: Reducing Nutrient Export to the Gulf of Mexico Workshop, Des Moines IA, December 2009.

Westra, J., A. Matekole and T. Appelboom. “Economic Analysis of Tillage and Nutrient Best Management Practices in the Ouachita River Basin, Louisiana.” Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Milwaukee WI, July 2009.

Westra, J., A. Matekole and T. Appelboom. “Economic Analysis of Tillage and Nutrient Best Management Practices in a Louisiana Subwatershed.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Annual Meeting, Dearborn MI, July 2009.

Chintawar, S. and J. Westra. “Energy Cost Estimation of Sugar Ethanol: A Comparative Analysis with Corn Ethanol Production in the United States.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Orlando FL, July 2008.

Westra, J., R. Hinson, C. Motsenbocker and R.W. Harrison. “Integrating Production and Marketing of Asian Vegetables: A Case Study of a Central American Firm's Strategy to Export into the North American Market.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, Annual Conference, Monterey CA, June 2008.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs of Louisiana’s Working Wetlands.” Partners in Flight, 4th International Conference, McAllen TX, February 2008.

Westra, J. and S. Kim. “Estimation of the Economic Impact of Russian Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Orlando FL, February 2006.

Westra, J., B. Vondracek, J. Zimmerman, G. Boody and P. Welle. “Multiple Benefits of Agricultural Practices: Economic and Environmental Effects in Two Watersheds.” 2006 USDA-CSREES National Water Conference, San Antonio TX, February 2006.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “Working Lands Programs: Potential Tools for Conserving Agricultural Wetlands.” Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Little Rock AR, February 2005.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “Economic and Environmental Implications of Potential Policies to Address Agricultural Wetlands Loss.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Annual Conference, Saint Paul MN, July 2004.

Westra, J. and K. Olson. “Factors Affecting Conservation Tillage Adoption.” American Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City UT, August 1998.

Westra, J. “Economic Evaluation of Targeted and Nontargeted Phosphorus Pollution Abatement Programs.” Minnesota Water Resources Center, Minnesota Water '98: Protecting Minnesota's Water Supplies, Minneapolis MN, May 1998.

Westra, J. and K. Olson. “Farmers' Decision Processes and Adoption of Conservation Tillage.” International Association of Agricultural Economists, Annual Conference, Sacramento CA, August 1997.

Westra, J. and K. Olson. “Farmers' Decision Processes and Adoption of Conservation Tillage.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Annual Meeting, Toronto Ontario, July 1997.

Westra, J. and K. Olson. “Farmers' Decision Processes and Adoption of Conservation Tillage.” Soil and Water Conservation Society, Cover Crops, Soil Quality, and Ecosystems, Sacramento CA, March 1997.


LSU AgCenter Publications

Westra, J. 2011. “Conservation Programs” in 2011 Outlook For Louisiana’s Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Publication No. 3048, pp 48 - 51.

Westra, J. 2010. “Conservation Programs” in 2010 Outlook For Louisiana’s Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Publication No. 3048, pp 48 - 51.

Westra, J. 2009. “Conservation Programs” in 2009 Outlook For Louisiana’s Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Publication No. 3048, pp 46 - 50.

Westra, J. 2008. “Conservation Programs” in 2008 Outlook For Louisiana’s Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Publication No. 3048, pp 47 - 51.

Kim, S., J. Westra, and K. Guidry. 2007. “An Overview of Louisiana Crop Insurance.” Risk Management Education Series Fact Sheet 1. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU AgCenter.

Kim, S., J. Westra, and K. Guidry. 2007. “Types of Crop Insurance Policies.” Risk Management Education Series Fact Sheet 2. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU AgCenter.

Westra, J. 2006. Ag Summary Enterprise Descriptions. LSU AgCenter.

Tootle, D., R. Hinson and J. Westra. 2004. Brave New Communities: Biotechnology as a Rural Development Strategy. Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter. Staff Paper SP2004-02.


Mass Media

Recorded presentation at Baton Rouge Press Club about findings from the 2010 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Television broadcast statewide in Louisiana in March 2011.

Interviewed about information in the 2010 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by Louisiana Network News and local National Public Radio affiliate. Radio broadcast statewide in Louisiana in March 2011.

Interviewed about information in the 2010 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by several newspapers. Published articles internationally, nationally, statewide and locally in print and online newspapers in March – April 2011.

Interviewed about the nationally, award-winning Food MarketMaker Program by several newspapers in Louisiana. Published articles statewide in Louisiana in major and minor newspapers in October - December 2010.

Recorded interview at local television stations about the Louisiana MarketMaker Program. Television broadcast locally in Baton Rouge LA on various local television stations in September - October 2010.

Recorded interview at LSU AgCenter about the Louisiana MarketMaker Program. Television broadcast statewide in Louisiana on various local television stations in August - October 2010.

Recorded interview for Louisiana Farm Bureau about the Louisiana MarketMaker Program for their program “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.” Television broadcast statewide in Louisiana in August 2010.

Recorded interview at Louisiana Public Broadcasting about value-added agriculture and overall economic impact of agriculture in Louisiana for the Louisiana Town Square program by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Television broadcast statewide in Louisiana in July 2010.

Recorded presentation at Baton Rouge Press Club about findings from the 2009 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Television broadcast statewide in Louisiana in March 2010.

Interviewed about information in the 2009 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by Louisiana Network News and local National Public Radio affiliate. Radio broadcast statewide in Louisiana in March 2010.

Interviewed about information in the 2009 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by several newspapers. Published articles nationwide and statewide in Louisiana in major and minor newspapers in March 2010.

Interviewed about information in the 2008 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by Louisiana Network News and LSU AgCenter Communications. Radio broadcast statewide in Louisiana in April 2009.

Interviewed about information in the 2008 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources by Associated Press. Article distributed nationwide by their news network in April 2009.

Interviewed about findings from 2007 Farm Bill survey of Louisiana producers by Louisiana Farm Bureau television program – “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.” Broadcast statewide in Louisiana in January 2007.

Interviewed about findings from 2007 Farm Bill survey of Louisiana producers broadcast by Louisiana Network News radio program. Broadcast statewide in Louisiana in January 2007.


Cooperation with Faculty – Conferences and Workshops Organized/Assisted

“CNREP 2010: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy, 3rd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems”, Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP), LSU AgCenter, New Orleans LA, May 2010.

Southern Extension Farm Management Committee, Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, June 2008.

“Economics of Water” Workshop, Federal Reserve Bank – New Orleans, New Orleans LA, June 2008.

Southern Natural Resource Economics Committee (SERA 30), Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 2008.

Southern Extension Farm Management Committee, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX, June 2007.

“Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy: 2nd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems”, Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP), LSU AgCenter, New Orleans LA, May 2007.

Southern Natural Resource Economics Committee (SERA 30), Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, May 2007.


Invited or Principal Oral Presentations – Extension

Westra, J. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program and Direct Marketing in Louisiana.” Address to the Louisiana Young Ag Producers Program Summer Institute, Baton Rouge LA, July 2011.

Westra, J. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program and Local Food Systems.” Keynote address at Sustainable Local Food Roundtable, Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Port Allen LA, March 2011.

Westra, J. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program: Linking Agricultural and Seafood Markets.” Keynote address at Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Lafayette LA, February 2011.

Westra, J. “Response to Gulf Seafood Marketing Crisis with Louisiana MarketMaker,” at an Organized Symposium on the Gulf Oil Spill, at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Corpus Christi TX, February 2011.

Westra, J. and M. Fannin “Economic Impacts of Louisiana Agriculture: Summary of Valuation Methods and Estimates.” Invited presentation at LSU AgCenter Agriculture Leadership Program, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge LA, October 2010.

Westra, J. “An Introduction to the Louisiana MarketMaker Program and Overview of Registration for Producers.” Invited presentation at Louisiana Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute, Southern University AgCenter, Baton Rouge LA, October 2010.

Westra, J. “An Introduction and Overview of the Louisiana MarketMaker Program.” Invited presentation at Louisiana Sustainable Local Food Policy Council, Quarterly Meeting, Baton Rouge LA, September 2010.

Westra, J. “Highlights of the State of Louisiana Agriculture from 2009 Summary of Louisiana Agriculture.” Invited presentation at Baton Rouge Press Club, Baton Rouge LA, March 2010.

Westra, J. and K. Guidry. “The 2007 Farm Bill: Louisiana Producer Preferences.” Invited presentation at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 2007 Agricultural Outlook Conference, Baton Rouge LA, January 2007.


Oral Presentations – Extension

Westra, J. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program: An Overview and Introduction to Registration.” Trade Adjustment Assistance training program for shrimp and aquaculture producers, various locations LA, November 2010 - February 2011.

Westra, J. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program: Overview.” Louisiana Sweet Potato Producers Association, Annual Meeting, Mansura LA, January 2011.

Westra, J. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program: Overview and Update on Recent Activities.” LCES Watershed Agents, Quarterly Meeting, Baton Rouge LA, September 2010.

Westra, J. “Ecosystem Services and Agricultural Lands.” A Conversation about Working Wetlands. Louisiana Rice Research Station, Rayne LA, January 2009.

Westra, J. “Floriculture and Nursery Crop Situation and Outlook.” Southern Region Agricultural Outlook Conference. Atlanta GA, September 2007.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs of Louisiana’s Working Wetlands.” Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Fall Symposium – Recent Natural Resources Research in Louisiana: Ecological Impacts of Natural Resource Management. Lafayette LA, August 2007.

Westra, J. “Methodology and Data for Fisheries Information in the LSU Ag Summary.” LCES Watershed Agents Quarterly Meeting, Baton Rouge LA, August 2007.

Broussard, W. and J. Westra. “Agricultural Policy, Land Management, and Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin: An Economic Temporal and Spatial Analysis." Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy: 2nd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, New Orleans LA, May 2007.

Boody, G., C. van Schaik, J. Westra and P. Gowda. “Multiple Benefits and Diversified Agriculture.” Sandusky River Partnership, Sandusky OH, May 2007.

Westra, J., R. Johansson and M. Livingston. “Asian Soybean Rust: Simulated Economic and Environmental Impacts Nationally and the Southern U.S.” Southern Natural Resource Economics Committee (SERA 30), Annual Meeting, Auburn AL, May 2006.

Westra, J. and K. Guidry. “Economic Considerations: Management and Marketing.” Soybean Rust Risk Management Workshop, Winnsboro LA, March 2006.

Westra, J. “Policies for Reducing Nitrogen Leakiness in Agriculture: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects on Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia.” Coastal Zone 05, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, New Orleans LA, July 2005.

Westra, J. “The Conservation Security Program: Economic and Environmental Benefits.” Southern Natural Resource Economics Committee (SERA 30), Annual Meeting, Tallahassee FL, May 2005.

Westra, J. “Calculating the Costs of BMPs.” LCES Watershed Agents Quarterly Meeting, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge LA, September 2004.

Westra, J. and S. Greenhalgh. “Potential Economic, Agricultural and Fisheries Impacts from Policies for Reducing Gulf Hypoxia.” Challenges of Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems: Valuation, Analysis, and Policy Development, Conference of the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Baton Rouge LA, May 2004.

Zimmerman, J., B. Vondracek and J. Westra. “Setting an Effective TMDL: Sediment Loading and Effects of Suspended Sediment on Fish.” American Fisheries Society, Annual Meeting, Quebec PQ Canada, August 2003.

Tootle, D., R. Hinson and J. Westra. “Brave New Communities: Biotechnology as a Rural Development Strategy?” Rural Sociology Society, Annual Meeting, Montreal PQ Canada, July 2003.

Westra, J. “Opportunities in Agriculture to Diversify?” Abbeville LA, January 2003.


Poster Presentations – Extension

Westra, J., R. Hinson, P. Hodson and D. Hatch. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program.” Gulf Alive, New Orleans LA, April 2011.

Westra, J., B. Clark and R. Hinson. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program.” Sweet Potato Research Station Field Days, Chase LA, August 2010.

Clark, B., J. Westra and R. Hinson. “Louisiana MarketMaker Program.” Rice Research Station Field Days, Crowley LA, July 2010.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “Economic Value of Ecosystem Benefits from Crawfish Pond Habitat in Coastal Louisiana.” Coastal Zone 2009 (CZ 09), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boston MA, July 2009.

Caffey, R., J. Westra and C. Aust. “Examining the Efficiency of Coastal Restoration in Louisiana.” Coastal Zone 2009 (CZ 09), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boston MA, July 2009.

Caffey, R., R. Bourriaque and J. Westra. “Spatial Economics of Wetland Mitigation Banking.” Coastal Zone 2009 (CZ 09), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boston MA, July 2009.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs of Louisiana’s Working Wetlands.” Rice Research Station Field Days, Crowley LA, July 2008.

Ibendahl, G., K. Guidry, J. Westra and R. Hogan. “An Analysis of Why a Share Lease or Cash Lease is used in Farmland Rental Arrangements." Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Annual Conference, Dallas TX, February 2008.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Costs of Louisiana’s Working Wetlands.” Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists, Annual Meeting, Lafayette LA, October 2007.

Chintawar, S. and J. Westra. “An Energy Cost Estimation of Sugar-Ethanol: A Comparative Analysis with Corn Ethanol Production in the United States." Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy: 2nd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, New Orleans LA, May 2007.

Henderson, J., M. Dunn, J. Westra and K. Guidry. “Investigating the Potential of Fee-Based Recreational Cooperatives in the Lower Mississippi River Delta.” 2006 Economic Assistantship Showcase, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, September 2006.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Louisiana’s Agricultural Wetlands as Waterbird Habitat: Potential Benefits and Costs.” North American Duck Symposium and Workshop, 4th Annual Conference, Bismarck ND, August 2006.

Henderson, J., M. Dunn, J. Fannin and J. Westra. “Landowner Recreational Entrepreneurial Cooperatives in the Lower Mississippi River Delta: A Feasibility Study.” 2005 Economic Assistantship Showcase, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, September 2005.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Working Lands Programs: Potential Economic and Potential Benefits of Agricultural Wetlands.” Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists, Annual Conference, Lafayette LA, August 2005.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “Economic and Environmental Benefits to Waterbirds of Louisiana Agricultural Wetlands Habitat.” Coastal Zone 05, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, New Orleans LA, July 2005.

Westra, J., J. Huner and R. Caffey. “Working Lands Programs: Potential Economic and Environmental Benefits of Agricultural Wetlands.” Rice Research Station Field Days, Crowley LA, July 2005.

Henderson, J., M. Dunn and J. Westra. “Landowner Recreational Entrepreneurial Cooperatives: An Economic Analysis.” 2004 Economic Assistantship Showcase, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, September 2004.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “Economic and Environmental Implications of Potential Policies to Address Agricultural Wetlands Loss." Challenges of Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems: Valuation, Analysis, and Policy Development, Conference of the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Baton Rouge LA, May 2004.

Henderson, J., M. Dunn and J. Westra. “Landowner Recreational Entrepreneurial Cooperatives: An Economic Analysis." Challenges of Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems: Valuation, Analysis, and Policy Development, Conference of the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Baton Rouge LA, May 2004.

Westra, J., R. Caffey and J. Huner. “The Economic and Environmental Significance of Louisiana’s Agricultural Wetlands as Waterbird Habitat: Status and Challenges." International Association of Astacology, Annual Symposium, London England, April 2004.

Huner, J., J. Westra and R. Caffey. “The Economic and Environmental Significance of Louisiana’s Agricultural Wetlands as Waterbird Habitat: Status and Challenges." Society of Wetlands Scientists, Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, June 2003.
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