Jayson K. Harper

  • Interim Director of the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
Jayson K. Harper
208-B Armsby Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-8638

Areas of Expertise

  • Farm Management
  • Risk Management
  • Production Economics


  1. B.A., Economics and Business, University of Northern Colorado, 1981
  2. M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas, 1983
  3. Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 1988

Extension and Research Interests

My extension and research interests are in the area of risk management and crop production economics. Work on horticultural crops has included crop insurance, invasive species, economic evaluation of plum pox virus, high tunnel production systems, alternative apple and peach production systems, irrigation, mechanical harvesters, hydroponic vegetable production, fruit quality, alternative vegetable production systems, and tree fruit IPM. Work on agronomic crops has included evaluation of crop insurance options, organic production systems, crop rotations, herbicide selection criteria, conservation tillage systems, machinery sizing and replacement, and crop harvest and storage systems.  I am also responsible for maintaining cost of production estimates for various crop and livestock enterprises; they are published in three production guides and the numerous publications of the Agricultural Alternatives series.