Paul Mitchell
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
427 Lorch Street, Taylor Hall
Madison  Wisconsin  53706-1503
United States
Ph (608) 265-6514
Fx (608) 262-4376


Paul Mitchell’s research program focuses on the economics of crop production, emphasizing pest management and risk management for commodity crops and specialty crop economics. His published papers examine insect and weed management, including transgenic crops, invasive insects, management of pest resistance, and estimation of pest damage functions. More specifically, his work has focused on corn and soybeans, the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) and corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp.), the herbicides glyphosate and atrazine, with a new project examining the economics of neonicotinoid insecticides. His work concerning risk management has focused on crop insurance and federal commodity programs to manage farm income risk, as well as farmer attitudes and beliefs regarding climate change and their likely responses. His research on economic issues in specialty crop production has examined changes in potato demand due to the growing importance of organics, a new method to estimate how plant spacing and tillage affect the size distribution of harvested potato tubers, and quality of life and profitability tradeoffs faced by small organic vegetable growers and the impacts of market channel choices. His current projects include improving conventional potato breeding to reduce acrylamide, developing sustainability metrics for grower groups to document their current sustainability status and to develop a plan for improving, and economic analysis of the benefits of methods to address citrus greening (Huanglongbing disease) in the U.S. He is actively involved with the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program, and Co-Director of the Nutrient and Pest Management Program in the University of Wisconsin Extension. He also maintains an active outreach program as an Extension state specialist in crop production and environmental management.