Jason Beddow

Program Focus

Pest & Disease Modeling, Economic & Spatial Analysis



Jason Beddow's research interests are focused on the spatial aspects of agriculture, and how we might better use spatial data to understand agricultural systems. He has a particular focus on the ways in which research investment patterns and natural environments (including pests, diseases, climate and weather) affect agricultural production and productivity, the spatial dynamics of production, and bridging the divide between biology and economics (bio-economics). Beddow has worked for InSTePP since 2006, and holds a B.S. degree from Texas Tech University, a M.Sc. degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on the economics of agricultural pests and diseases, international research and development spillover potential, measuring the effects of weather on production, and the effects of location on productivity.

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Banking on Food Security


"One decade and three academic degrees later, Beddow has found a perfect niche at the University of Minnesota. Today, he’s an assistant professor of international agriculture, a MnDRIVE fellow, and an applied economist who’s working to find cost-effective solutions to global food challenges."


Global Research to Control Stem Rust Disease Prevents Huge Losses

Article on page 12 of newsletter

Recent study published in Science by scientists from the University of Minnesota, CSIRO, University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, CIMMYT is highlighted during Philip Pardey and Jason Beddow's visit to University of Pretoria to work with Frikkie Liebenberg.

The GRDC Backs Global Rust Funding Call

May, 2013
Source: Ground Cover

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) back findings published in the Science article "Agriculture: Right-Sizing Stem-Rust Research" co-authored with HarvestChoice personnel.

Global Food Security Symposium: Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade, and Business to End Hunger and Poverty: A New Agenda for Food Security

May 21, 2013
Convened by: Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Global Agricultural Development Initiative
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC

57th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)

Feb 4, 2013 - Feb 8, 2013
Convened by: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
Location: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour, New South Wales

Conference web site

Philip Pardey and Jason Beddow participate in the pre-meeting workshop Impact Assessment Analysis to Support International Agricultural Research Funding Decisions convened by ICRISAT.

Jason Beddow presents a contributed paper “Moving Matters: The Effect of Location on Crop Production.”