1. Staff

Jon Biermacher, Ph.D.

Senior Economist

Jon Biermacher generates useful economic information in the areas of forage-based beef production and marketing, pecan production and marketing, and specialty agriculture production and marketing. Examples of forage-based beef production systems being analyzed in the program include: economic feasibility of conservation tillage and forage establishment systems, economic feasibility of perennial cool-season forage systems (such as tall fescue and orchard grass), economic feasibility of byproduct supplementation programs for winter stocker cattle grazing systems, economic potential for using alternative practices for managing cull cows, and economic feasibility of using cover crops in cool-season cereal forage grazing systems. Biermacher's research also focuses on generating useful economic information for a number of alternative, value-added enterprises that a substantial number of agricultural producers have expressed interest in pursuing in the region. Examples of these enterprises include determining the economic potential for producing fruit and vegetable crop systems in passive solar greenhouses; the economic feasibility of pecan orchard establishment, management and marketing systems; and the economic feasibility of alternative retained ownership and nontraditional marketing of preconditioned beef calves.

Current Research

problem
The Problem

As new production and marketing systems are developed, agricultural producers will seek reliable, unbiased information about the economic benefits and costs associated with these new systems before they adopt them on their farms and ranches.

approach
The Approach

Utilizes economic models to evaluate the expected benefits and costs associated with newly developed, technologically enhanced production and marketing systems that are developed via on-farm research projects by researchers at the Noble Research Institute.

Current Projects

  • Economic evaluation of novel tall fescue grazing systems
  • Economic evaluation of alternative irrigation systems used to establish pecan orchards
  • Economic evaluation of vegetable production systems grown in high tunnel hoop houses
  • Economic evaluation of alternative cull cow management and marketing practices
  • Economic evaluation of yield and quality traits in bermudagrass cultivars
Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics (farm management and the economics of precision technology), Oklahoma State University, 2005
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Economics (rural and community economic development and farm management), Southern Illinois University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Economics, Southern Illinois University, 1997
Grants

Project Title: Adapting socio-ecological systems to increased climate variability
Source: National Science Foundation
Term: 2013 to 2018

Project Title: Sustainable feedstock production supply systems to support cellulosic biorefinery industries
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
Term: 2009 to 2012

Honors
  • Board of Directors, Extension Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association