Russell Tronstad

Professor and Extension Specialist; Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1989; Agricultural Marketing and Operations Research Methods
(520) 621-2425
Professor and Extension Specialist

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Tronstad’s research interests include agricultural marketing, risk management, international trade, and operations research methods. Fruit and vegetable commodities, range livestock, and field crops are a part of his research and extension activities. Much of his work focuses on decision tools and aids that jointly consider production, marketing, and risk factors. He is a past co-editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Awards and Honors

University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Professor
Extension Faculty of the Year, University of Arizona
President-Elect, President, Past President, and Vice-President, WAEA
Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Group Award, AAEA
Distinguished Extension Program Award, AAEA
Distinguished Extension Project Award, WAEA (twice)
Outstanding Extension Project Group Award, WAEA
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Outstanding Journal Article Award
Southwest Indian Agricultural Association, Tribal Agricultural Education Appreciation Award

Selected Publications

Sall, I., R. Tronstad, and S. Aradhyula. 2019. “Beef Production Alliance Preferences for Vertical Integration: A Bivariate Nested Panel Probit Approach.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics44(1):165–179.

Kubota C., C. Meng, S. Masoud, Y.J. Son, and R. Tronstad. 2018. “Advanced Technologies for Large-Scale Plant Factories – Integration of Industrial and Systems Engineering Approach in Controlled Environment Crop Production.” In Plant Factory Using Artificial Light, eds. M. Anpo, H. FukudaTeruo Wada, Elsevier Publishing, pp. 354–362.

Masoud, S., Y.J. Son, C. Kubota, and R. Tronstad. 2018. “Evaluation of Simulation-Based Optimization in Grafting Labor Allocation” Applied Engineering in Agriculture34(3):479–489.

Tronstad, R., and M. Woods. 2018. “Cooperative Extension System: Value to Society.” In G.L. Cramer, K.P. Paudel, A. Schmitz, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Agricultural Economics, New York, Routledge Publishing, pp. 728–747.

Kubota C, C. Meng, Y-J. Son, M. Lewis, H. Spalholz, and R. Tronstad. 2017. “Horticultural, systems-engineering and economic evaluations of short-term plant storage techniques as a labor management tool for vegetable grafting nurseries,” PLoS ONE12(2): e0170614. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170614

Chieri Kubota, Myles Lewis, Russell Tronstad, and Young-Jun Son. 2014. “Scenario-based Cost Analysis for Vegetable Grafting Nurseries of Different Technology and Size.” HortScience, 49(7):9117–930.

Chao Meng, Dong Xu, Young-Jun Son, Chieri Kubota, Myles Lewis, and Russell Tronstad. 2014. “An Integrated Simulation and AHP Approach to Vegetable Grafting Operation Design.” Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 102:73–84.

Tronstad, Russell, “Double Check Ranch: Creativity and Grass-Fed Beef Marketing Facilitate Family’s Ranching Visions.” Western Farm & Ranch Transition Strategies, Utah State University, 2013, available online at

Tronstad, Russell, “Wong Farms:  Pioneer Railroad Worker to Modern Cotton Corporation.” Western Farm & Ranch Transition Strategies, Utah State University, 2013, available online at

Tronstad, Russell, “Unpleasant Lessons from the Settlement of the West: Implications for the WAEA and Other Professional Associations.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 36(3) 2011:242–256.

Timothy J. Richards, Peter Ellsworth, Russell Tronstad, and Steve Naranjo, “Market-Based Instruments for the Optimal Control of Invasive Insect Species: B. Tabaciin Arizona.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 35(3) 2010:349–367.

Thompson, Gary, Satheesh Aradhyula, George Frisvold, and Russell Tronstad, “Does Paying Referees Expedite Reviews? Results of a Natural Experiment.” Southern Economic Journal, 76(3), 2010: 678–692.

Tronstad, Russell. “Evaluating Market Size.” In Niche Markets: Assessment and Strategy Development for Agriculture, Kynda Curtis (ed.), University of Nevada, Reno, Technical Report UCED 2007/08–13, 2:1–8.

Tronstad, R., C. Kubota, M.A. McClure, and M. Olsen. A preliminary comparison of organic, grafted, and conventional cantaloupe production under subsurface drip irrigation. In Niche Markets: Assessment and Strategy Development for Agriculture, Kynda Curtis (ed.), University of Nevada, Reno, Technical Report UCED 2007/08–13, 9:1–9.

Dyer, J, D. Lamm, L. Oberholtzer, K. Pepinsky, N. Richman, and R. Tronstad. The Organic Market in the Four Corners States, Southwest Marketing Network and Colorado State University, 2008, 1–45.

Frisvold, George, Russell Tronstad, Robert L. Nichols, Mike Watson, and Eric Hequet. “Scope and Economic Impact of Sticky Cotton.” In Sticky Cotton, Causes, Effects, and Prevention, R. L. Nichols, E. Hequet (eds.), USDA/ARS Technical Bulletin #1915, June 2007: 5–30.

Frisvold, George, Jeanne M. Reeves, and Russell Tronstad. “Bt Cotton Adoption in the United States and China: International Trade and Welfare Effects.” AgBioForum, Vol. 9(2), 2006:69–78.

Frisvold, George, Russell Tronstad, and Jeanne M. Reeves. “International Impacts of Bt Cotton Adoption.” In International Trade and Policies for Genetically Modified Products, R.E. Evenson and V. Santaniello (eds.), International Trade and Policies for Genetically Modified Products. Oxfordshire,U.K.: CABI Publishing, 2006: 191–199.

Aradhyula, Satheesh, and Russell Tronstad. “Estimating Seasonality in the Mean and Variance.” In Essays in Honor of Stanley R. Johnson, M. Holt, and J. P. Chavas (eds.), Berkeley Electronic Press. Article 20. (September 2006): 1–23, available at http:/

Tronstad, Russell, Larry Lev, Stuart Nakamoto, DeeVon Bailey, Chris Bastian, Kynda Curtis, Ramiro Lobo, Wendy Umberger, and Ruby Ward. Certification and Labeling Considerations for Western Agricultural Producers, University of Arizona, Publication AZ1372, September 2005, pp. 1–52.

Tronstad, Russell, and James Unterschultz. “Looking Beyond Value-Based Pricing of Beef in North America.” Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol 10(3), 2005:214–222.

Tronstad, Russell, “Challenges of Animal Identification in the West.” In U.S. Livestock Identification Systems: Risk Management and Market Opportunities, W. Umberger and D. Bailey (eds.), Western Extension Marketing Committee, FS#10-04, Fall 2004, 10:1–8.

Tronstad, Russell, Trent Teegerstrom, and Dan Osgood. “The Role of Electronic Technologies for Reaching Underserved Audiences." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(August 2004):767–771.