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Tara Wade

Assistant Professor

Tara Wade is an agricultural resource economist in the Food and Resource Economics Department and the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. She specializes in determining the economic factors that affect choices to adopt environmentally benign agricultural practices. Tara’s research interests are in costs of ecosystem services, conservation policy design, and climate change adaptation. Dr. Wade’s extension and research programs focus on helping farmers to reach their conservation and environmental goals in economically efficient ways.

Dissertation

“Using Expectation Methods to Estimate a Discrete Choice Model When Individual Choices Are Not Observable: Methodology and Applications to Tillage Choice.”

Committee: Lyubov Kurkalova (Advisor, NCA&TSU), Keith Schimmel (NCA&TSU), Mark Burkey (NCA&TSU), Stephen Holland (UNCG), Christopher A. Swann (UNCG)

Publications

Wade, T. & Claassen, R. (2017) Modeling no-tillage adoption by corn and soybean producers: insights into sustained adoption. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 1-25.

Wade, T., Kurkalova, L. & Secchi, S. (2016) Modeling field-level conservation tillage adoption with aggregate choice data. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 41(2): 266-285.

Wade, T., Claassen, R., & Wallander, S. (2015) Conservation-practice adoption rates vary widely by crop and region. EIB-147, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.

Edwards, J., Wade, T., Burkey, M. & Pumphrey, R.G. (2014) Forecasting the public's acceptability of municipal water regulation and price rationing for communities on the Ogallala Aquifer. Journal of Economics 40(1): 1-30.

Kurkalova, L. & Wade, T. (2013) Aggregated choice data and logit models: application to environmentally benign practices of conservation tillage by farmers in the United States. Applied Econometrics and International Development 13(2): 119-128.

Claassen, R., Bowman, M., Breneman, V., Wade, T., Williams, R., Fooks, J., Hansen, L., Iovanna, R., & Loesch, C. (2017) Conservation compliance: how farmer incentives are changing in the crop insurance era. ERR-234, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July. Available at https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/84457/err-234.pdf?v=42942

Other Publications

Borisova, T. & Wade, T. (2017) Water quality credit trading: general principles. EDIS-824, Food and Resource Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL. Available at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe824

Borisova, T. & Wade, T. (2017) Florida’s water resources. EDIS-757, Food and Resource Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL. Available at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe757

Wade, T., Claassen, R., & Kassel, K. (Apr. 22, 2016) Major crop producers apply most nitrogen fertilizer in the spring and after planting. ERS Charts of Note. USDA, Economic Research Service, Washington, DC. Available at http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/charts-of-note.aspx

Wade, T. & Claassen, R. (2016) No-till or strip-till use varies by region. ERS Amber Waves Finding. USDA, Economic Research Service, Washington, DC. Available at http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2016-januaryfebruary/no-till-or-strip-till-use-varies-by-region.aspx#.VzSQgYQrLRY

Wade, T. & Claassen, R. (Dec. 5, 2014) No-till used over a 4-year period for corn, soybean, and wheat fields, 2009-2012. ERS Charts of Note. USDA, Economic Research Service, Washington, DC. Available at http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/charts-of-note.aspx