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Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer

Elizabeth Creak Chair in Agri-Tech Applied Economics

James is president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and co-editor of the journal Precision Agriculture. His research focuses on the economics and adoption of agricultural technology, including precision agriculture and crop robotics. He has published 89 articles in refereed journals, two books and six chapters in other books. Some key papers are listed below.


He serves on the British Standards committee BS 8646, Use of crop robots in agriculture and horticulture – Code of practice, and he is the UK representative on the International Standards Organization (ISO) Strategic Advisory Group on Smart Farming.


His research is informed by experience as a farmer and farm landlord in the USA.

Key papers

  • Lowenberg-DeBoer, James, Karl Behrendt, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Carl Dillon, Andreas Gabriel, Iona Huang, Ian Kumwenda, Tyler Mark, Andreas Meyer-Aurich, Gabor Milics, Kehinde Oluseyi Olgunju, Søren Marcus Pedersen, Jordan Shockley and David Rose. 2021. Lessons to be Learned in Adoption of Autonomous Equipment for Field Crops. Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy, DOI: 10.1002/aepp.13177. 

  • Lowenberg-DeBoer, J., Behrendt, K., Franklin, K. and R. Godwin. 2021. Economics of Autonomous Equipment for Arable Farms. Precision Agriculture.  

  • Lowenberg-DeBoer, James, and Bruce Erickson, “Setting the Record Straight on Precision Agriculture Adoption,” Agronomy Journal 111 (2019), p. 1552-1569. doi:10.2134/agronj2018.12.0779. 

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