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James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Professor at Harper Adams University, UK


Prof. Lowenberg-DeBoer holds the Elizabeth Creak Chair in Agri-Tech Applied Economics at Harper Adams University. He is the president elect of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and co-editor of the journal Precision Agriculture. He has over 30 years of worldwide experience in agricultural research, teaching and outreach. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology, especially precision agriculture and agricultural robotics. He has published 85 articles in refereed journals, two books and chapters in six 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 was director of the Site-Specific Management Center (SSMC) at Purdue University from 2000 to 2006, with research and extension activities focused on practical and profitable applications of precision agriculture technology. From 2004 to 2015 he served as the Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) at Purdue University, coordinating all international programs for the Purdue College of Agriculture. From 1985 to 2017 he rose through the faculty ranks at Purdue University becoming Professor of Excellence in International Entrepreneurship in 2015. His work has taken him to over 60 countries worldwide. He is the editor and co-author of the Precision Farming Profitability textbook. Lowenberg-DeBoer’s research and extension work is founded in hands-on experience in agriculture. He grew up on a corn, soybean and cattle farm in Iowa. He ran his own farming operation in Iowa in the 1970s, producing mainly lamb, wool, alfalfa and other forages. Since 1993 he has owned and managed 200 hectares of Iowa corn and soybean land.

Agenda Sessions

  • Keynote: The adoption and state of play of Precision Agriculture in Europe