Project Team

Darin Saul,

UI Sustainability Director and Director of the UI Sustainability Center, has completed two GHG inventories for regional beef companies.  These include a cow-calf operation, two feedlot operations and a beef processing facility (Saul & Nagawiecki, 2010; Saul & Nagawiecki, 2010; Saul, 2010; Saul & Griffith, 2010).  He is also the primary author of the University of Idaho Greenhouse Gas Inventory (Saul & Nagawiecki, 2008) and the University of Idaho Climate Action Plan (Saul, 2010).  

Steve Peterson,

has been a research economist and instructor with the UI since 1993, and in that time has conducted over 50 economic impact studies. A significant number of these studies involve natural resource and sustainability issues:  these  include the economics and economic impacts of salmon recovery; the effect of the decline in timber harvest on rural Idaho communities; wind energy; geothermal energy; small modular nuclear plants; sustainable information technology certification; free-range chicken production; agriculture production of wheat, livestock, and other products; the effects of urban growth on agricultural viability in Canyon County; and Idaho plant and seed nurseries.  His report on the value of agriculture and agriculture-related products in Canyon County, Idaho, indicated that more than 85% of dollars related to local livestock production and processing remain within the county, resulting in increased prosperity for farmers and local communities (Peterson & Rodriguez, 2009).  Mr. Peterson was recently a guest commentator on the program “Economic Trends 2010,” on Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue (2010). Mr. Peterson will lead the economic base assessment research for this project, and will evaluate the economic impact of regional and local livestock-based food systems.

Tracie Lee,

a full-time Operations Management faculty member in the UI’s College of Business and Economics, has 13 years of industry experience in supply chain management and project management.  Ms. Lee will develop a model to capture the economic and environmental costs and benefits of the livestock production, processing, and marketing options identified through project research.  Ms. Lee also will lead the research on distribution channels for livestock and livestock products.  Ms. Lee has taught Project Management as a service-learning course for the last 2 years at the University of Idaho, and has organized student teams to collaborate on multiple projects with Dr. Saul and the UI Sustainability Center.  The results of their collaborations included a feasibility study to implement milk processing at the UI Dairy.

Stephen Devadoss,

a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics since 1992, has expertise in domestic and international marketing.  He has extensive research experience in estimating demand for food items such as meat products, potatoes, wheat, corn, and rice.  He has published numerous articles based on economic modeling and demand systems.  His expertise in demand systems will be used in this project to develop a market assessment of demand for locally or regionally-produced livestock products.

Nick Sanyal,

a professor of Conservation Social Sciences and Bioregional Planning, has 28 years of research experience in the human dimensions of conservation planning and in formulating conservation plans.   He has worked for a variety of international, national, state and local governments and the private and non-profit sectors, helping them identify and solve problems, develop research, and understand public needs. Dr. Sanyal will co-lead the supplier assessment portion of the research, focusing on producer surveys. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes that deal with conservation management and planning and social research methods and analysis.

Dev Shrestha,

is a professor of Bioenergy in the UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  His primary research area since 2004 is in LCA of bioenergy production systems.  He has published a study which finds that the fossil energy ratio for soybean biodiesel is 4.56, which is now nationally used as a reference (Pradhan A. , et al., 2009).  His prior work includes process evaluation and optimization, modeling and computer programming.  This project will build upon his work with modeling to develop an LCA of livestock food system configurations.