Food and Resource Economics Research

The Food and Resource Economics Department reflects the diversity of Florida's agriculture which has more than 50 major commodities. The Department has 41 faculty members involved in a full range of research, extension, and teaching programs including Agricultural Marketing and Policy, Production/Farm Management, International Trade and Development, Marine Economics, Natural Resources, Community/Regional Development, and Labor Economics. In addition to 33 faculty members located at the main campus in Gainesville, eight faculty are found at research and education centers located throughout the state.

Dr. Edward "Gilly" Evans' applied agricultural economic program at TREC explores the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture and agricultural trade-related policy analysis. A major component of the program involves conducting analyses of economic impacts of invasive species (foreign pests and diseases) on agricultural profitability and sustainability, and the likely costs and benefits associated with alternative management options. Other aspects of the research include working with colleagues to generate economically viable and environmentally friendly technologies, practices, and production and marketing systems, such as generating knowledge to conserve and improve the quality of water at the watershed level; finding suitable, cost-effective, and environmentally sound alternatives to methyl bromide (soil fumigrant) that are suited to Miami-Dade County's soil structure and topography; and conducting detailed market analysis of new and existing tropical horticultural commodities.

Refereed Articles (41)
1.     Warsanga, W., and E.A. Evans. 2018. Welfare Impact of Wheat Farmers Participation in the Value Chain in Tanzania. Modern Economy. Vol. 9 No. 4 (Accepted).
2.     Mills, D., J. Mendel, B. Kallifatidis, C. Burns, K. Furton, J. Crane, and E. Evans. 2017. Agri-dogs: Using canines for earlier detection of laurel wilt disease affecting avocado trees (Persea americana) in south Florida. HortTechnology (Accepted).
3.     Evans, E.A., F.H. Ballen, B. De Oleo, and J.H. Crane. 2017. Willingness of south Florida fruit growers to adopt genetically modified papaya: An ex-ante evaluation. AgBioForum 20(2):156-162. 
4.     Ploetz, R.C., M.A. Hughes, P.E. Kendra, S.W. Fraedrich, D. Carrillo, L.L. Stelinski, J. Hulcr, A.E. Mayfield III, T.L. Dreaden, J.H. Crane, E.A. Evans, B.A. Schaffer, and J. Rollins. 2017. Recovery plan for laurel wilt of avocado, caused by Raffaelea lauricola.Plant Health Progress 18:51-77. Doi:10.1094/PHP-12-16-0070-RP.
5.     Warsanga, W., E.A. Evans, Z. Gao, and P. Useche. 2017. A framework for determining the impact of value chain participation on smallholder farm efficiency. Theoretical Economics Letters 7(3):517-542. Doi:10.4236/tel.2017.73039.
6.     Nguyen, T., K.W. Migliaccio, E.A. Evans, C.J. Martinez, J.J. Sansalone, and M.W. Clark. 2016. Coupling hydrologic and economic modeling for wetland management in Tram Chim National Park, Vietnam. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60:842-861.
7.     Evans, E.A. and F.H. Ballen&. 2015. Testing for oligopsony power in the US green skin avocado market. Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization. (Accepted)
8.     Evans, E.A. and S. Garciag. 2015. Assessing the profitability of guava production in south Florida under risk and uncertainty.Journal of Extension 54 (1):20-31.
9.     Evans, E.A. and F.H. Ballen. 2015. Competitive behavior in the US green skin avocado export market. Journal of Food Distribution Research 46(3):20-31
10.  Ploetz R. and E.A. Evans. 2015. Export and subsistence bananas: Future production issues. Horticultural Reviews 43:311-345
11.  Evans, E.A. and F.H. Ballen. 2015. An econometric demand model for Florida green-skin avocados. HortTechnology 25(3):405-411
12.  Liug, K. and E.A. Evans. 2015. Economic benefit from adopting GM papaya in southern Florida: An ex ante evaluation.International Journal of Innovation Science and Research 4(5):189-193.
13.  Mosquerag, M., E.A. Evans, and R. Ploetz. 2015. Assessing the profitability of avocado production in south Florida in the presence of laurel wilt. Theoretical Economics Letters 5(1):343-356
14.  Nguyeng, T., E.A. Evans, and K. Migliaccio. 2015. Modeling decision-making regarding wetland services for wetland management in Tram Chim National Park, Vietnam. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 10:1-22
15.  Evans, E.A. and F.H. Ballen&. 2014. Assessing the intensity of market competition in the US papaya import market. Journal of Food Distribution Research 45(2):213-225
16.  Evans, E.A., F.H. Ballen&, and C.H. Crane. 2014. Economic potential of producing Tahiti limes in southern Florida in the presence of citrus canker and citrus greening. HortTechnology 24(1):99-106.
17.  Mosquera, M., E.A., Evans, K.A. Grogan, and C.A. Fontanilla. 2014. Un modelo de simulación discreto para determinar la edad óptima de replantación en presencia de la Pudrición del cogollo (A discrete simulation model to determine the optimal age of replanting in the presence of bud rot). Revista Palmas 35(1):17-30
18.  Mosquera, M., E.A. Evans, L. Walters, and T.H. Spreen. 2013. The US Food Safety and Modernization Act: Implications for Caribbean exporters. Social and Economic Studies 62:151-176
19.  Mosquera, M., K.A. GroganE.A. Evans, and T.H. Spreen. 2013. A framework for determining the period when a perennial crop is no longer profitable after a disease outbreak, Theoretical Economics Letters 3(3):171-181. Doi:10.4236/tel.2013.33029.
20.  Spreen, T., M. Mosquerag, K.A. Grogan, and E.A. Evans2013. Análisis económico de las enfermedades en plantas perennes (Economic analysis of disease in perennial plants)Revista Palmas 34:135-145
21.  Evans, E.A. and J. Huntleyg. 2011. Economics of establishing and producing pitaya in southern Florida: A stochastic budget analysis. HortTechnology 21(2):246-251.
22.  Ploetz, R., J.M. Pérez-Martínez, E.A. Evans, and S.A. Inch. 2011. Toward fungicidal management of laurel wilt of avocado. Plant Disease 95(8):977-982.
23.  Schaffer, B., J.H. Crane, C. Li, Y.C. Li, and E.A. Evans. 2011. Re-greening of lychee (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) leaves with foliar applications of iron sulfate and weak acids. Journal of Plant Nutrition 34:1341-1359.
24.  Evans, E.A., J. Crane, A. Hodges, and J. Osborne. 2010. Potential economic impact of laurel wilt disease on the Florida avocado industry. HortTechnology 20(1):234-238.
25.  Wang, Q., W. Klassen, E.A. Evans, Y. Li, and M. Codallo. 2010. Combination of organic and plastic mulches to improve the yield and quality of winter fresh market bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). HortScience 45(4):701-706.
26.  Evans, E.A. and S. Nalampang. 2009. Forecasting price trends in the US avocado (Persea americana Mill.) market. Journal of Food Distribution Research 40(2):80-102.
27.  Evans, E.A. and S. Nalampang. 2009. An analysis of the US market for avocados (Persea Americana Mill.). Acta Horticulturae831:247-254.
28.  Migliaccio, K.W., B. Schaffer, Y.C. Li, E. A. Evans, J.H. Crane, and R. Muñoz-Carpena. 2008. Assessing benefits of irrigation and nutrient management practices on a southeast Florida royal palm (Roystonea elata) field nursery. Irrigation Science 27:57-66.
29.  Spreen, T.H., E.A. Evans, S. Nalampang, and D.N. Corrie-Kordas. 2008. The continuing saga of the EU banana debate: An analysis of possible refinements to the 2006 EU banana trade regime. Tropical Agriculture 85(1):103-116.
30.  Alamo, C., E.A. Evans, and A. Brugueras. 2007. Economic impact and trade implications of the introduction of Black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) to Puerto Rico. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 39:5-18.
31.  Ranjan, R., and E.A. Evans. 2007. Private responses to public incentives for invasive species management. Farm and Business, the Journal of the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society 7(2):80-102.
32.  Evans, E. 2006. Discussion of bio-security, diseases, and invasive species: Implications of bioterrorism for agriculture. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 38(2):283-285.
33.  Evans, E. and J. VanSickle. 2004. The dilemma of safer and freer trade: The case of the US nursery industry. Choices (First Quarter).
34.  Evans, E. 2003. Bridging the communication gap between economists and biological scientists in the management of invasive species. Proceedings of the Caribbean Food Crops Society 39(1):69-76.
35.  Evans, E. 2003. Economic dimensions of invasive species. Choices (Second Quarter).
36.  Evans, E. and L. Rankine. 2003. The US Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002: Implications for CARICOM sugar producers. Farm and Business, Journal of the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society 6:51-72.
37.  VanSickle, J., E. Evans, and R. Emerson. 2003. US–Canadian tomato wars: An economist tries to make sense out of recent anti-dumping suits. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 35(2):283-296.
38.  Evans, E., S. NaLampang, and J. VanSickle. 2002. Near-term prospects for the US sugar industry. International Sugar Journal104(1238):68-81.
39.  Singh, R., E. Evans, and S. Roberts. 2002. Non-trade concerns and special and differential treatment. Journal of Farm and Business 5(2):1-20.
40.  Evans, E. and C. Davis. 2000. Recent developments in the US sugar and sweeteners markets: Implications for CARICOM tariff rate quota holders. Social and Economic Studies 49(4):1-36.
41.  Evans, E. and C. Davis. 2000. Policy options for the poultry (broiler) industry in Trinidad and Tobago under a liberalized trade regime. Journal of Farm and Business 4(1):1-11.
Book Chapters (7)
1.     Evans E.A., F.H. Ballen, and M. Siddiq. 2017. Mango production, global trade, consumption trends, and postharvest processing and nutrition. In Handbook of Mango Fruit: Production, Postharvest Science, Processing Technology and Nutrition, edited by M. Siddiq, J. Brecht, and J. Shihu, 1-16. New York: Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781119014362.
2.     Evans, E.A., G. Seepersad, A. Iton, J. Churaman, N. Felixg, V. Misir, and S. Moonsammy. 2014. Socioeconomic assessment of the impact of an invasive alien species on the beekeeping industry in Trinidad and Tobago: The case of Varroa Jacobsoni or Varroa mite. In Economic Impact of IAS in The Caribbean: Case Studies, edited by A. Daigneault, A., P. Brown, and N. Ramnanan, 80-88. Port of Spain, Trinidad: CABI Publishing.
3.     Evans, E. A. and F. Ballen. 2011. World mango production and trade with focus on US mango market. In Mango, edited by G. Thottappilly and J.N. Govil, 1-19. New Delhi, India: Stadium Press.
4.     Evans, E.A. and O. Mendoza. 2009. World mango trade and the economics of mango production. In The Mango: Botany, Production, and Uses, edited by R.E. Litz, 606-628. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.
5.     Evans, E.A. 2004. Invasive species: Trade and socio-economic perspective. In Facilitating Safer US-Caribbean Trade: Invasive Species Issues Workshop, edited by W. Klassen, C. Davis, E. Evans, B. Lauckner, H. Adams, and M. Kairo, 19-28. Gainesville, FL: Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.
6.     Evans, E. and C. Davis. 2002. Dynamics of the US high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) market. In Sugar and Related Sweeteners Markets: International Perspectives, edited by A. Schmitz, T. Spreen, W. Messina, and C. Moss. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.
7.     Davis, C., Ballayram, E. Evans, and C.Y. Thomas. 2001. Trade liberalization and small economies: The case of the Caribbean community. In Agricultural Globalization, Trade, and the Environment, edited by C. Moss, G. Rausser, A. Schmitz, T. Taylor and D. Zilberman. Northwell, MA: Kluwer Publishers.