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2009 PREISM Workshop

The 2009 workshop of the Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species (PREISM) was Oct. 22-23, 2009, at the ERS Waugh Auditorium, Washington, D.C.  A collaboration of Farm Foundation and the USDA Economic Research Service, this workshop brought together researchers, program administrators, policy makers and other stakeholders concerned with invasive species management.

The workshop program included a panel discussion of the H1N1 influenza, and a presentation by Dr. Ravi Singh of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) on Ug99 wheat stem rust. The agenda is provided below, with speaker presentations posted as available.

In 2003, ERS established PREISM as a competitive awards program to address economic issues associated with invasive species management.  Since 2004, ERS and the Farm Foundation have annually sponsored a forum for dialogue on those issues.   These workshops are designed to highlight the progress of previous PREISM awardees, offer feedback to workshop presenters, and share information on research results and PREISM with the broader invasive species community.

Opening session
Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation
Christine Zakarka, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
Mary Bohman Economic Research Service, USDA

Panel Discussion: Pandemic Influenza and Agriculture
Influenza 101: The Virus and its Epidemiology in Swine
Juergen Richt, Kansas State University

Influenza Virus Threats to Swine Agriculture Workers: What Do We Know?
Gregory Gray, University of Iowa

Influenza Surveilance in Swine: Issues and Opportunities
John Korslund, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

Session 1
Cost-Sensitive Machine Learning Algorithms for Invasive Species Decision Support, Risk Analysis, and Policy: Genus Level Patterns
John Drake, University of Georgia

Strategic Agent Behavior with an Invasive Weed
Janie Chermak, University of New Mexico

Controlling Invasive Species in an Urban-Wildland Interface
George Frisvold, University of Arizona

Discussant: Marisa Zansler, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

Luncheon Speaker
Moderator: Kay Walker Simmons, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Current Status of Ug99 Stem Rust and Plans to Mitigate the Threat to Wheat Production Losses
Ravi Singh, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Session 2
Towards More Efficient Regulatory Design for Ecosystem Management in the Great Basin: Private Ranchers, Public Rangeland, and the Control of Invasive Weeds
Kimberly Rollins, University of Nevada-Reno

Weed Treatment Planner (WTP) – A Spatial Decision Support System for Invasive Weed Management
Woodam Chung, University of Montana and Greg Jones, U.S. Forest Service

Bioinvasions as Spatial-dynamic Processes: Characteristics of Optimal Policies
James Wilen and Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, University of California-Davis

Discussant: Anton Bekkerman, Montana State University

Session 3
Bioeconomics of the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion in Ohio and Michigan
Jon Bossenbroek, University of Toledo

Market-Based Instruments for the Optimal Control of Invasive Insect Species: B. Tabaci in Arizona
Tim Richards, Arizona State University

Efficient Management of White Pine Blister Rust in High Elevation Ecosystems
Craig Bond, Colorado State University

Discussant: Trang Vo, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

Session 4
The Effectiveness of Government Indemnification in Encouraging Poultry Integrators to Contract with Bio-secure Producers
Keith Coble and Andrew Muhammad, Mississippi State University

Economic Impacts of Foot and Mouth Disease on North America and Australia
Tom Marsh, Washington State University

Risk Factors for Invasive Pest Introductions in Commodity Imports
Erik Lichtenberg, University of Maryland

Discussant: Ben Gramig, Purdue University

Session 5
Integrated Epidemic-Economic Modeling and Analysis of Preparedness and Response to Hypothetical Avian Influenza Outbreak in Texas
Aklesso Egbendewe-Mondzozo, Texas A&M and  Levan Elbakidze, University of Idaho

Incentives for Individual and Cooperative Management of a Mobile Pest: The Olive Fruit Fly in California
Rachael Goodhue, University of California-Davis and Kelly Cobourn, Boise State University

A Bioeconomic Model to Predict Livestock Disease Movement
Chris Wolf, Michigan State University

Discussant: Mark Eiswerth, University of Northern Colorado

Panel Discussion: Experiences of PREISM Project Collaborators and Users
Twists and Turns in Mapping Emerald Ash Borer in Ohio
T. Davis Sydnor, Ohio State University

How an Economist Manages an Invasive Entomologist, My Experience
Frank Zalom, University of California-Davis

Providing Economic Impact Estimates for Livestock Disease Outbreaks
Ann Seitzinger, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

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