James Pease



Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1986
M.A., Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980
B.Sc., Political Science, Iowa State University, 1971


I conduct Extension and Outreach programs in the fields of natural resources (water quality), regional economic development, and farm policy. My research has long been focused on water quality protection, and has, more recently, emphasized the economics of irrigation recycling in the horticulture industry. I assist in the AAEC teaching mission by teaching an undergraduate course in Food and Agricultural Policy.

Program Focus

Government policies affecting agricultural production

Extension Program

Stronger Economies Together (2015-2016) - Partner with Martha Walker in leading the SET Program for Southern Region Rural Development Center and USDA Rural Development.

Farm Bill Programs - Latest was the 2015 educational workshops related to the 2014 Farm Bill

Science and Technical Advisory Committee, Chesapeak Bay Program (2005-2013) - Executive Board and Committee member. Contributed economic expertise and organized related conferences.


Program Focus

Economic and environmental policies affecting agricultural production 

Current Projects

Economics of Nursery Irrigation and Disease Management 

Courses Taught:

  • AAEC 4204: Food and Agricultural Policy



  • Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech (2005-Present)
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech (1994-2005)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech (1988-1994)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University (1986-1988)


Partnership Award with Martha Walker for "Strengthening Economies Together," USDA-NIFA, 2015


Selected recent publications

Xiang Cao, Darrell J. Bosch, and James W. Pease. 2017. Recycling Irrigation Water on Ornamental Nursery Operations: Will Consumer Premiums Compensate for Growers’ Costs? HortScience. Forthcoming.

Ferraro, Nathaniel, Darrell J. Bosch, James W. Pease, and James S. Owen. 2017. Costs of Capturing and Recycling Irrigation Water in Container Nurseries. HortScience.

Cultice, A., Bosch, D.J., Pease, J.W., Boyle, K.J. And Xu, W. (2016) ‘Horticultural Growers’ Willingness to Adopt Recycling of Irrigation Water’, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 48(1), pp. 99–118. doi: 10.1017/aae.2016.2.

Lubben, B. and J. Pease (2014). Conservation and the Agricultural Act of 2014. Choices 2nd Quarter 2014 • 29(2).

Bosch, D., J. Pease, R. Wieland, and D. Parker (2013). Perverse Incentives with Pay for Performance: Cover Crops in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 42(3): 491-507. 

Bosch D., J. Pease, R. Wieland, D. Parker. “Paying for Performance: Using Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 42:3 (December 2013): 491-507.

Bosch D., J. Pease, M. Wolfe, C. Zobel, J. Osorio Leyton, T. Denckla-Cobb, G. Evanylo. 2012. "Community DECISIONS: Stakeholder Focused Watershed Planning", Journal of Environmental Management.112: 226-232.

Arnette, A., C. Zobel, D. Bosch, J. Pease, T. Metcalfe. 2010. “Stakeholder ranking of watershed goals with the vector analytic hierarchy process: Effects of participant grouping scenarios”. Environmental Modeling & Software 25(11):1459-1469

James Pease
  • 540-231-4178
  • peasej@vt.edu
  • 250 Drillfield Dr.
    301C Hutcheson Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061