Darrell Bosch




Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota, 1984

M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Tennessee, 1980

B.A., Political Science, Central College, 1971


My research focuses on cost-effective ways to reduce non-point source pollution from agriculture and other sources. Recent areas where I have applied my research include climate change and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, recycling of irrigation water by horticultural operations, and improvements to water infrastructure. 


Role of Graduate Students

Graduate students play an important role in planning and carrying out research in which I am involved. Their research involvement is a very important part in their graduate education.

Current Projects

  • Irrigation water management, disease, and economic risks and returns to horticultural operations
  • Effects of climate change on water quality protection costs in Chesapeake Bay Watershed 
  • Decision tools to assist stakeholders in prioritizing goals and strategies for watershed management

International Research

Conservation Agriculture as a Potential Pathway to Better Resource Management, Higher Productivity, and Improved Socio-Economic Conditions in the Andean Region.

Future Research

  • Effects of land use change on water quality protection costs in Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • Consumer, producer, and social benefits of irrigation water recycling in horticulture

Current teaching

  • AAEC 3014 Analytical Methods in Applied Economics
  • AAEC 5104 Research Project Planning
  • ALS/NR 4614/5614 Watershed Assessment, Management, and Policy

Other Teaching and Advising

I serve as major/co-major advisor to graduate students. I mentor my students so they will develop their independence, creativity, and organizational skills in carrying out research.  

With Alwang and Norton, I have led several groups of undergraduate students in six-week research internships in Ecuador. These trips provide students with the opportunity to gain first hand research experience and proficiency in Spanish as well as expose them to Ecuadorian culture and institutions. In addition, I have also advised undergraduates on other research topics dealing with environmental economics and agriculture.


  • Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 1999 - Present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 1990-1999.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 1984-1990.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 1980-1984.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Society, University of Tennessee, 1978-1980.


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

Co-Editor, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (2010-2013)

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review Outstanding Journal Article, 2007

Visiting Scholar at LAMETA (Institute of Applied and Theoretical Economics), Montpellier, France, Jan-Jul, 2008.

Selected recent publications

Virginia Tech Professor Darrell Bosch

Professor Darrell Bosch headshot
  • 540-231-5265
  • bosch@vt.edu
  • 308 Hutcheson Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061