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Dr. Jay Parsons


Special Assistant Professor

Ph.D.: Colorado State University

Location: B333 Clark Bldg.

Telephone: (970) 491-6949


Research Interests:
The research program of Jay Parsons spans the fields of production economics, operations research, and risk management and decision analysis. Current projects include the development of the Ag Survivor simulation software scenarios for the RightRisk educational program, a unique and innovative risk management education program designed to provide experiential learning opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

Past projects have involved research in the area of livestock identification systems, livestock production and disease management, risk and uncertainty in livestock production, integrated systems modeling for Colorado ranches, and the development of multi-criteria decision support systems for agricultural land use decisions, for the personal computer manufacturing industry, and for the automobile manufacturing industry.


AREC 505 – Agricultural Production Economics

Selected Publications, Presentations and Projects:

Selected Publications

Parsons, J. and A. Sprague. “Maximin: A RightRiskTM Lesson Guide with EWS Farms.” A RightRisk Lesson Guide #LG-06-07. RightRisk Education Team, Fort Collins, CO. April 2007.

Parsons, J., D. Hoag, and J. Tranel. “The Wheatfields.” A RightRisk Scenario Guide #SG-02-04. RightRisk Education Team, Fort Collins, CO. August 2006.

Parsons, J. “Getting a Grip on Disease.” Global IDentification. Vol. 27. July, 2006.

Parsons, J. and D. Hoag. “The Lazy U Ranch.” Scenario Guide #SG-04-05. RightRisk Education Team, Fort Collins, CO. August, 2005.

Parsons, Jay. Agland Decision Tool: A Multicriteria Decision Support System for Agricultural Property. In Integrated Assessment and Decision Support proceedings of the 1st biennial meeting of the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society. Vol. 3. (2002) pp. 181-186.

Selected Presentations

Parsons, J. “Insurance and Risk Management.” Invited two-hour presentation at the Colorado Wool Growers Association Annual Convention. Frisco, CO. July 21, 2007.

Parsons, J. and D. Hoag. “Using Simulations to Teach Risk Management to Farmers and Ranchers.” Invited presentation at the INFORMS International Conference. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. July 9, 2007.

Parsons, J. “Ag Survivor Simulation – The Lazy U Ranch.” Presented at the Risk Management Conference for Women in Agriculture. Steamboat Springs, CO. June 21, 2007.

Parsons, J., D. Hoag, and J. Hewlett. “RightRisk: Ag Survivor and Strategic Risk Management.” Selected presentation at the 2007 National Extension Risk Management Education Conference. Phoenix, AZ. April 18, 2007.

Parsons, J., C. Kimberling, G. Parsons, W. Cunningham. “Colorado Sheep ID Project: Sheep RFID Trials 2004-2005.” Invited presentation at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture ID Expo 2005. Chicago, IL. September 27, 2005.

Parsons, J., C. Kimberling, G. Parsons, and S. LeValley. “Colorado Sheep ID Project: Using RFID for Tracking Sheep.” Invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science Western Section meeting Extension Symposium. Las Cruces, NM. June 23, 2005.

Parsons, Jay. “RightRisk Development and Use in Risk Management Education.” Panel session presentation at the 2005 National Extension Risk Management Education Conference. Kansas City, MO. April 7, 2005.

Parsons, Jay and Cleon Kimberling. “Colorado Sheep ID Project – Performance of Electronic ID In Sheep.” Invited presentation to the Committee on Sheep and Goats at the United States Animal Health Association, 108th Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC. October 24, 2004.

Parsons, Jay R. and Dana L. Hoag. “Variable Productivity Within Groups and the Jensen Effect.” Accepted paper at the Western Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meetings. Honolulu, HI. June 30 – July 2, 2004.

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