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Department of Agricultural Economics

Jason Bergtold

Professor, Director of Graduate Programs

307 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785.532.6925 | Fax

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Research Interests and Experience

Jason Bergtold’s research includes: the economics of adopting intensive conservation production practices and systems at the farm level; production of cellulosic and alternative feedstocks for biofuel production; the interaction between agricultural practices, conservation policy and the environment at the farm level; examination of economic, farm, policy and social factors influencing land-use and land cover change across agricultural landscapes; and applied econometrics in the areas of model specification issues and discrete choice modeling. Bergtold’s research includes both domestic and international projects. 


B.A., Economics, Colorado State University, 1999
M.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University, 2001
Ph.D., Economics, Virginia Tech University, 2004

Teaching responsibilities

AGEC 120 | Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness | Spring | On Campus
AGEC 501 | Data Analysis and Optimization | Fall | On Campus
AGEC 712 | Optimization Techniques for Agricultural Economists | Spring | On Campus
AGEC 750 | Discrete Choice Methods and Applications | Varies | On Campus
AGEC 761 | Optimization Techniques for Agribusiness | MAB Program | Distance
AGEC 936 | Quantitative Topics in Agricultural Economics | Spring | On-Campus

Areas of Specialization
Production Economics
Land Use
Land Cover Change
Applied Econometrics
Graduate Student Mentees

Elizabeth Canales
Graciela Andrango
Sheng Gong
Brian Lauer
Ana Claudia Sant’Anna

Key Publications

Fewell, J.E., J.S. Bergtold and J.R Williams. “Farmers’ Willingness to Contract Switchgrass as a Cellulosic Bioenergy Crop in Kansas.” Energy Economics, Forthcoming.

 Atems, B. and J. Bergtold. “Revisiting the Statistical Specification of Near-Multicollinearity in the Logistic Regression Model.” Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics (published online August 2015): doi: 10.1515/snde-2013-0052

Caldas, M.M., M.R. Sanderson, M. Mather, M.D. Daniels, J.S. Bergtold, J. Aistrup, J.L. Heier-Stamm, D. Haukos, K. Douglas-Mankin, A.Y. Sheshukov and D. Lopez-Carr. “Opinion: Endogenizing Culture in Sustainability Science and Research and Policy.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 112(27)(2015): 8157 – 8159.

Altman, I. J.S. Bergtold, D. Sanders and T. Johnson. “Willingness to Supply Biomass for Bioenergy Production: A Censored Tobit Analysis.” Energy Economics 47(2015): 1 – 10

 Bergtold, J.S., J.E. Fewell and J.R. Williams. “Farmers' Willingness to Produce Alternative Cellulosic Biofuel Feedstocks Under Contract in Kansas Using Stated Choice Experiments.” Bioenergy Research 7(2014): 876 – 884.

 Bergtold, J.S. and E. Onukwugha. “The Probabilistic Reduction Approach to Specifying Multinomial Logistic Regression Models in Health Outcomes Research.” Journal of Applied Statistics 41(2014): 2206 – 2221.

 Bergtold, J.S., P.A. Duffy, D. Hite and R.L. Raper. “Demographic and Management Factors Affecting the Adoption and Perceived Yield Benefit of Winter Cover Crops.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 44(1)(2012): 99 – 116.

 Odeh, O.O., A.M. Featherstone and J.S. Bergtold. “Reliability of Statistical Software.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 92(5)(2010): 1472 – 1489.

 Bergtold, J.S., A. Spanos and E. Onukwugha. “Bernoulli Regression Models: Revisiting the Specification of Statistical Models with Binary Dependent Variables.” Journal of Choice Modeling. 3(2010): 1-28.

Bergtold, J.S. and J.J. Molnar. “Limited Access to Conservation: Limited Resource Farmer Participation in the Conservation Security Program in the Southeast.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 42(2010): 211-227.