2011 PREISM Workshop

The 2011 workshop of the Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species (PREISM) was May 17, 2011, at the ERS Waugh Auditorium, Washington, D.C.  A collaboration of the USDA Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, this workshop brought together researchers, program administrators, policy makers and other stakeholders concerned with the economics,
national decision making and prevention and management of agricultural invasive species to discuss the progress and findings of selected PREISM projects funded between 2006 and 2008.

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.

2011 PREISM Workshop
Opening Session
Mary Bohman, Economic Research Service, USDA
Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation

Invasive Species
Tariffs and the Risk of Invasive Pest Introductions
 Erick Lichtenberg, University of Maryland

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

Efficient Management Strategies for a Contagious Disease Outbreak: Probability Distributions of Economic Impacts from Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Dustin Pendell, Colorado State University

Discussant: Peyton Ferrier, Economic Research Service, USDA

Session 2:  Institutional Arrangements for Invasive Species Management
Efficient Institutions for Encouraging Private Sector Cooperation in Preventing Unintended Imports of Invasive Species in Agricultural Commodities
 Linda Fernandez, University of California-Riverside

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

Understanding the Relationship of Bio-Security and Production Performance in the Poultry Industry
 Keith Coble, Mississippi State University

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

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

Session 3: Spatial Analysis for Invasive Species Management
Bioinvasions as Spatial-dynamic Processes: Characteristics of Optimal Policies
James Wilen, University of California-Davis

Designing Optimal Strategies for Surveillance and Control of Invasive Forest Pests
 Frances Homans, University of Minnesota

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

Discussant: Andrew Muhammad, Economic Research Service. USDA


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