UW Extension State Specialist: Cropping Systems Economics

My Extension outreach program is focused broadly on crop economics for all Wisconsin farmers, including both commodity crops and specialty crops, from small diversified organic vegetable growers to large-scale commercial farms. Topics include agricultural policy, crop insurance, sustainability, precision agriculture, and pest and resistance management. I annually organize and host numerous outreach programs. I’ve been given multiple outreach awards, usually as parts of teams.

Ways to Reduce Borrowing on Your Farm (Dec 2023)

Marketing Assistance Loans – A Tool for Managing Interest Costs (Oct 2023)

Estimating 2023 Custom Rates for Wisconsin Farm Operations (Updated Sep 2023)

Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program (NOPP) and Crop Insurance (June 2023)

Resources for Making ARC and PLC Decisions for 2023

2020 Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide

2023 Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum: Climate Smart Dairy

Preliminary Assessment of the Potential Economic Impacts of Proposed Changes to NR 151 for Agricultural Operations

    UW Report         Presentation file        Presentation video

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

Recent Work

  • Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program (NOPP) and Crop Insurance, June 20, 2023  Blog Post
  • Estimating 2023 Custom Rates for Wisconsin Farm Operations, April 14, 2023  pdf
  • Crop Insurance Changes for 2023 (with Katie Wantoch), Feb 2023  Blog Post
  • Overview of Organic Agriculture: Production, Markets and Sales (AAE 367 lecture Feb 14&16, 2023)  pdf
  • Profit Margins Along the Fresh Potato Supply Chain, WPVGA-UWEX Annual Meeting (Stevens Point, Feb 7, 2023)  pdf
  • Fresh Market Vegetable Pricing and Future Trends, WI Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conf (Wisconsin Dells, Jan 30, 2023)  pdf
  • Farm Income Situation and Outlook, 2023 Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum (Madison, Jan 24, 2023)   page
  • Farm Policy: What’s coming from DC? WABA Agribusiness Classic (Madison, Jan 12, 2023)  pdf
  • Farming in an Age of Inflation, 2022 Badger Crops and Soils Update Meeting (Green Bay & La Crosse, Dec 13 & 15, 2022)  pdf
  • New Farm Bill and Crop Insurance Updates, Processing Crops Conf (Wisconsin Dells, Nov 29, 2022)  pdf
  • Situation and Outlook for the Wisconsin Farm Economy. WI DFI Division of Banking, Bank Examiner Conf (Madison, Nov 15, 2022)  pdf
  • What about Economics? Unpacking Conservation Agriculture, Pheasants Forever &UWEX (Dodgeville, Nov 14, 2022)  pdf

In The News

Commodity Programs and the Farm Bill

Crop Insurance


PowerPoint Presentations

Federal Disaster Assistance

Crop Economics

Potatoes and Vegetables



Insect and Weed Management


PowerPoint Presentations

Downloadable Spreadsheet Decision Aids

Cost of Production Materials