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Public Universities and Region Growth:  Insights from the University of California.book cover
AIC researchers Jim Lapsley and Dan Sumner have just published a book chapter, "We Are Both Hosts," that highlights the synergistic interaction between Napa wine industry and the University of California, Davis. Their research appears as a chapter in the new book, Public Universities and Region Growth: Insights from the University of California, which was recently published by Stanford University Press. The chapter “We Are Both Hosts”, examines agricultural innovation by focusing on the interaction between Napa valley wineries and vineyards and the U.C. Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. Tracing the growth in the production of and market for quality wine, the chapter reviews the development and adoption of viticultural and enological innovations from the 1950s to the present and analyzes the effects of U.C. Davis outreach, teaching and research.

The Cost of Adopting IPM Treatments for Pest and Disease Control by The California Bedding and Color Container Plant Industry. William A. Matthews, March 2013

Economics of Carbon Credits from Voluntary Practices on Rice Farms in the Sacramento Valley
(May 2011, pdf, 360kb) Cloe Garnache, John Thomas Rosen-Molina and Daniel A. Sumner
This report provides an economic analysis of Green House Gas emissions from alternative rice production practices in the Sacramento Valley.

Public Funding for Research into Specialty Crops (pdf)
This paper considers public funding for R&D directed to specialty crops. Specific questions to be addressed include whether R&D for specialty crops has been underfunded, both in absolute terms and relative to other crops and agriculture more generally.
Authors: Julian M. Alston and Philip G. Pardey. May 2007

The Payoff to Public Investments in Pest-Management R&D: General Issues and a Case Study Emphasizing Integrated Pest Management in California
(December 2005, pdf) John D. Mullen, Julian M. Alston, Daniel A. Sumner, Marcia T. Kreith, and Nicolai V. Kuminoff.  Using California as a case study, this paper describes the post–World War II history of agricultural pest-management technology, documents the development and use of chemical pesticides, describes the role of public research, and measures the benefits and costs for five important commodities, emphasizing integrated pest management.

An Analysis of the Costs and Benefits to Consumers and Growers from the
Consumption of Recommended Amounts and Types of Fruits and Vegetables for Cancer Prevention
(pdf, html)
(Final Report  prepared for the California Department of Health Services Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section) by Karen M. Jetter, James A. Chalfant and Daniel A. Sumner, 2004.
This study examines the direct economic benefits and costs of Californian consumers adopting four alternative recommended diets: the very minimum 5-a-day recommendation for fruits and vegetables, the 5-a-day commodity sub-group recommendations for a cancer prevention diet, the 7-a-day minimum recommendation for men and active women, and the 7-a-day commodity sub-group recommendations for a cancer prevention diet.

An Alternative Natural Beef Production System (pdf)
A Differentiation Strategy for California Producers and Packers by Ricardo Verazza Paganini. ARE Update No. 8, Vol. 1, Sept./Oct. 2004. University of California Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Private Investment in Exotic Pest Control Technology: The Case of Silverleaf Whitefly in California, May 2001,(pdf)
Karen M. Jetter, Julian M. Alston, and Robert J. Farquharson examine the economic benefits from the development and adoption of the new pest management technology by several vegetable industries that are susceptible to the silverleaf whitefly. Specifically, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, head lettuce and leaf lettuce, and fresh tomatoes are analyzed.

Agriculture in an E-Commerce World
This site contains presentations and background material from the UC Executive Seminar "Agriculture in an E-Commerce World," held
December 4th, 2000 in Sacramento, California and co-hosted by the Agricultural Issues Center and the UC Center for Cooperatives.

Agricultural R&D, Technological Change, and Food Security (pdf)
Paper presented by Julian M. Alston at the International Association of Agricultural Economists Workshop on Food Security, Berlin, August, 2000. Also available in pdf format are slides from his presentation.

Trade Liberalization and China’s Food Economy in the 21st Century:
Implications to China’s National Food Security
Paper presented by Jikun Huang, Chunlai Chen, Scott Rozelle, and Francis Tuan at the meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington D.C., February, 2000.


AIC Associate Director, Julian M. Alston's University of California, Davis, Agricultural and Resource Economics Faculty Webpage

United States Department of Agriculture, Current Research Information System


Does 5-a-Day Pay? (no.27, Sept. 2004, pdf)
by Karen M. Jetter, James A. Chalfant and Daniel A. Sumner.
Study examines potential Gains to Growers from Increasing Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables to Recommended Levels in a Cancer Prevention Diet.

Potential Gains to Producers from New Uses for Whey (no. 20, 2003, pdf)
Fiona M. Hutchinson, Joseph V. Balagtas, John M. Krochta, Daniel A. Sumner present research and development (R&D) affecting the dairy industry with new uses for agricultural raw materials. This issues brief reports on the potential economic contributions of one set of such innovations.

Emergent E-Commerce in Agriculture (no. 14, 2000, pdf)
Rolf A.E. Mueller provides some background, some current facts, and some interpretation of the role of e-commerce in agriculture.

Science and Technology in California Agriculture (no. 4, 1998, html)
Julian M. Alston and David Zilberman review the role of technology in development of California agriculture.

(You may have to browse the Quarterly to find the indicated article.)

Volume 16, No. 2, 2002 (pdf)
Horticultural biotechnology issues aired at Monterey workshop

Volume 15, No. 4, 2001 (pdf)
Study investigates potential shifts in fruit and vegetable production
Biotechnology workshop set for March

Volume 14, No. 4, 2000 (pdf)
E-Commerce and Agriculture: Executive Seminar
New AIC Publication Views Ag E-Commerce
New Review of Ag R & D Payoff
Two Viewpoints on Biotechnology

Volume 14, No. 1, 2000 (pdf)
E-Commerce Poses Challenge to Ag

Volume 13, No. 1, 1999 (html)
Agriculture in the Digital Economy: More Information Needed

Volume 12, No. 1, 1998 (html)
Good Response to AIC Survey of Internet Use

Volume 11, No. 4, 1997 (html)
AIC to Survey Internet Use and Interest

Volume 11, No. 2, 1997 (html)
AIC Science and Technology Program

Volume 11, No. 1, 1997 (html)
Symposium Addresses Benefits of Public Policy Research


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