Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer

Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Dr. Lowenberg-DeBoer has 30 years of worldwide experience in agricultural research, teaching, outreach and administration. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology. He has published 82 articles in refereed journals, two books and chapters in seven other books. He is a pioneer in the use of spatial regression in analysis of crop sensor data with published work in this area from the U.S., Argentina and South Africa. He is PI for the Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

In 2012 he was made a Chevalier of the National Order by the government of Burkina Faso for his work improving food security in the country in PICS. From 1997 to 2007 he was West Africa facilitator for the USAID Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) working to build multidisciplinary teams and supervising CRSP social science research and outreach in that region. From 1988 to 1992 he served as economist and team leader of a USAID funded institution building project in Niger. From 1992 to 1994 he was campus coordinator for the Agricultural Research and Training Support (ARTS) project in Burkina Faso. He brings to his research, teaching, outreach and administration a perspective gained through private sector experience as a farmer and journalist.


Yield of Dreams: How Precision Agriculture Will Help Feed the Planet

Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer
KNOWLEDGE + Purpose: SUMMER 2017