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 The University of Tennessee | Institute of Agriculture

Bio-Based Energy Analysis Group

James Larson

Education and Training

Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK., 1992
M.S.  Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND., 1987
B.S. Animal Science & Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND., 1979, 1985

Professional Experience

2011- present, Professor: Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, The University of Tennessee; Knoxville TN.
1998-2011 - Associate Professor: The University of  Tennessee; Knoxville TN.
1993-1998 - Assistant Professor:  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
1992-1993 - Agricultural Economist: Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.

Relevant Expertise

Production Economics, Farm Management, Risk Management, Farm and Agribusiness Finance, Economic Modeling, Technology Assessment.

Bioenergy Research Accomplishments

  • Lead developer of the Farm Level Agricultural Risk and Environmental Modeling Framework (FLARE). FLARE is a set of representative beef and crop farm feedstock simulation and mathematical programming models. The models have been used to evaluate the farm level impacts of producing bioenergy crops under alternative contracting arrangements and incentives on the expected value and variability (risk) of net farm income.
  • Co-developer of the Bio-Energy Site and Technology Assessment (BESTA) modeling framework. BESTA is a set of spatially-oriented, mixed-integer mathematical programming models of alternative feedstock supply chain configurations for a biorefinery. The models have been used to evaluate least-cost production, harvest, storage, and transportation systems, biorefinery locations, and satellite preprocessing facility locations in feedstock supply chain.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Griffith, A.P., J.A. Larson, B.C. English, and D. McLemore.  2012.  “Analysis of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Switchgrass as a Production Alternative on an East Tennessee Beef and Crop Farm.”  AgBioForum 15: Forthcoming.
  • Mooney, D.F., J.A. Larson, B.C. English, and D.D. Tyler.  2012.  “Effect of Dry Matter Loss on Profitability of Outdoor Storage of Switchgrass.”  Biomass and Bioenergy 44(2012):33-41.
  • Qualls, D.J., K.L. Jensen, C.D. Clark, B.C. English, J.A. Larson, and S.T. Yen.  2012.  “Analysis of Factors Affecting Willingness to Produce Switchgrass in the Southeastern United States.”  Biomass and Bioenergy 39(2012): 159-167.
  • Larson, J.A., B.C. English, D.G. De La Torre Ugarte, R.J. Menard, C.M. Hellwinckel, and T.O. West.  2010.  “Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Corn Grain Ethanol Industry on the United States Agricultural Sector.”  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 65(5): 267-279.
  • Larson, J.A., T.E. Yu, B.C. English, D.F. Mooney, and C. Wang.  2010.  “Cost Evaluation of Alternative Switchgrass Producing, Harvesting, Storing, and Transporting Systems and Their Logistics in the Southeastern USA.”  Agricultural Finance Review 70(2): 184-200.
    Mooney, D.F., R.K. Roberts, B.C. English, D.D. Tyler, and J.A. Larson. 2009. “Yield and Breakeven Price of  ‘Alamo’ Switchgrass for Biofuels in Tennessee” Agronomy Journal 101: 1234-1242.


James Larson

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

The University of Tennessee

302 Morgan Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4518
Phone: (865) 974-7231
Fax: (865) 974-7484