Daniel Taylor




Ph.D. Washington State University, Agricultural Economics, 1982

M.S. University of Maine at Orono, Resource Utilization, 1978

B.S. Cornell University, Wildlife Science, 1975


My research is centered in two main areas:  production and resource economics at the farm level and agricultural policy analysis.  My domestic research has focused on integrated pest management, ground and surface water impacts of agricultural production practices, alternative and low‑input agricultural production practices, the productivity impacts of soil erosion, the potential for riparian irrigation expansion, the Virginia fruit industry, impacts of federal peanut policy, optimal fertilizer use, solid waste disposal,  the feasibility of forming a federation of vegetable cooperatives in the south, economic feasibility of consolidation/specialization of agricultural supply cooperatives, the agricultural potential of surface‑mined lands, potential of local food production to enhance the welfare of limited resource individuals in Appalachia, economics of recirculating aquaculture systems, and farming systems research on limited‑resource farms in southeast Virginia. 


Current Projects

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Collaborative Research Support Program. Research is being conducted on the economic impacts of IPM CRSP activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from the farm level to the regional level. Funded by the United Stated Agency for International Development.

IPM Impact assessment for the IPM CRSP.  This Global theme subproject works with all the regional sub-projects on the IPM CRSP to assess the economic impacts of their programs. Funded by the United Stated Agency for International Development.

Enhancing Food Security by Cultivating Resilient Food Systems and Communities: Place-Based Foodshed Analysis From Research To Community Practice.  This grant is evaluating how to increase food availability and decrease the number of food insecure individuals in the Appalachia regions of VA, NC and WV.

International Research

I have personally worked on research and outreach projects in The Gambia (training in farming systems research methods), Haiti (Title XII fellow – training in computer literacy and building production budgets), Mali (women in development, impact assessment, baseline surveys, technology adoption), Senegal (women in development, reforestation), Burkina Faso (health and nutrition), Albania (agricultural policy analysis, agricultural economics/agribusiness curriculum development, impact assessment, baseline surveys, technology adoption), Uganda (impact assessment, baseline surveys, technology adoption), Kenya (impact assessment, baseline surveys) and Tanzania (baseline surveys).   In addition, I have been the major professor of students who have conducted research in Zimbabwe (economies of scale in wheat production), Ethiopia (women in development; economies of scale in agricultural production), Sri Lanka (risk management in minor export crop production) and Bangladesh (impact assessment).  I have worked on projects as part of the Soil Management CRSP (Senegal and Mali), the Peanut CRSP (Uganda), the SANREM CRSP (Burkina Faso), and the IPM CRSP (Albania, Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania).  I was also a program associate of the Farming Systems Support Project, developing training materials and conducting training in Africa.


Current Courses Taught

  • AAEC 3004 – Agricultural Production and Consumption Economics
  • AAEC 4344 – Sustainable Development Economics
  • AAEC 5004 – Mathematics for Economists
  • AAEC 5024 -- Mathematical Programming for Economists

Former Courses Taught

  • AAEC 1005 – Economics of the Food and Fiber System
  • AAEC 2984 – Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation Seminar
  • AAEC 3204 – International Agricultural Development and Trade
  • AAEC  5025/ ECON 3114 – Applied Microeconomics
  • AAEC 5104 – Research Project Planning

Other Teaching and Advising 

  • Member of the department’s undergraduate committee, and advisor to the class of 2015.
  • Faculty counselor, undergraduate honor system.
  • Investigative, appeal and judicial panel member, graduate honor system.


  • Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, July 1994 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, July 1988 - June 1994
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, January 1982 - June 1988


Honorable Mention, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Land, Water and Environmental Economics Section Outstanding Poster Award, AAEA annual meeting, 2016



Selected Recent Publications: 

Kirinya Julian, Daniel B. Taylor, Samuel Kyamanywa, Jeninah Karungi, Mark Erbaugh, and Jackline  Bonabana-Wabbi. (2013). "Adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technologies in Uganda: Review of Economic Studies.”  International Journal of Advanced Research (1)6: 401-420.

Mugunola, Basil, Liesbet Vranken, Miet Maerten, Daniel B. Taylor, Jackline Bonabana-Wabbi, and Erik Mathijs. (2013).  “Soil and water conservation technologies and technical efficiency in banana production in upper Rwizi micro-catchment, Uganda,” African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, In press. 

Bonabana-Wabbi, Jackline, S. Ayo, Basil Mugunola, Daniel B. Taylor, Julian Kirinya and Moses Tenywa. (2013).  “The performance of potato markets in South Western Uganda,” Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 6(32): In press.

Harris, Leah M., George W. Norton, A.N.M. Rezaul Karim, Jeffrey Alwang, and Daniel B. Taylor (2013). “ Bridging the Information Gap with Cost-Effective Dissemination Strategies: The Case of Integrated Pest Management in Bangladesh.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 45(4):1–16.

Nguema, Abigail, George Norton, Jeffrey Alwang, Daniel B. Taylor, Victor Barerra and Michael Bertelsen.

(2013) “Farm Level Impacts of Conservation Agriculture in Ecuador,” Experimental Agriculture, 49(1): 134-147.

Bonabana-Wabbi, Jackline and Daniel B. Taylor. (2012) "A Limited Dependent Variable Analysis of Integrated

Pest Management Adoption in Uganda," Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, (A2):1162-1174.

Daku, Lefter, Rajinder Peshin, George Norton and Daniel B. Taylor. (2012) “Economic Impact Assessment of

Oilseed IPM Programs, Berlin, Springer: pp. 175-207 in Technological Innovations in Major World Oil Crops, V. 2, S.K. Gupta (ed.).

Daku, Lefter, George W. Norton, Daniel B. Taylor and Evis Qenani-Petrela. (2005) “Agricultural Extension in

South-Eastern Europe: Issues of Transition and Sustainability.” Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. 11(1-4 ):49-61.

Norton George W.,  Keith  Moore, David Quishpe, Victor Barrera, Thomas Debass, Sibusiso Moyo and Daniel

B. Taylor. (2005). “Evaluating Socio-Economic Impacts of IPM.” 338 pp.  Blackwell Publishing. Ames, Iowa. In: Globalizing Integrated Pest Management: A Participatory Research Process, George Norton, E.A. Henirichs, Greg Luthor, Michael Irwin, eds.

Mullen, Jeffrey D., Daniel B. Taylor, Makan Fofana, and Demba Kebe. 2003.  “A Bio- economic Model of

Long-Run Striga Control with an Application to Subsistence Farming in Mali.” International Journal of Pest Management (49): 251-264.