facebook pixel Staff Directory - Professor Karl Behrendt | Harper Adams University
Skip to main content
Staff Directory

Professor Karl Behrendt

BRurSc GradDipAgEcon PhD

Elizabeth Creak Chair in Agri-Tech Economic Modelling

Research Focus

My research focuses on applying an interdisciplinary systems approach to economic analysis and modelling to inform decision making across multiple levels. This is being achieved by working with industry, government and other research institutions to provide economic intelligence and agri-tech solutions for UK and global agriculture and value chains. The objectives of my research are to develop approaches that link economics and science to provide greater insights into how agricultural systems work and how they can be manipulated to achieve the objectives of stakeholders and society. This includes the analysis of the impact of technology, climate change and management on economic, environmental and social outcomes.

Currently I am undertaking research in Mongolia and China to help identify better policies for increasing herder livelihoods, grassland productivity and to reduce the incidence of dust storms. I also currently manage and coordinate the Australian network that collates production and economic data for comparative analysis under the global beef and sheep agri benchmark network. I have also recently completed research on the cost of compliance of exporters to the EU; the impact of technology, water policy, market instruments and climate change on irrigated and dryland mixed farming businesses in both the rice and cotton industries; identifying best management practice for the management of perennial weeds in mixed farming and grazing systems; and the economic analysis of RD&KT investment in agriculture.

Research Interests

  • Economics of technology adoption in farming and value chains
  • Precision Livestock Farming technologies and their application in the value chain
  • Impact of technology on agricultural and environmental systems management and policies
  • Bioeconomic modelling of agricultural and ecological systems
  • Development of software and decision support systems for agriculture and value chains
  • Agricultural risk and investment analysis
  • Agribusiness planning
  • Efficiency and productivity analysis

Postgraduate Supervision

Currently co-supervising five postgraduate students: Gustavo Martigone (HAU PhD: An examination of the Asymmetric Price Transmission in Soybean-A case study in the world market); Bashir Ahmed (HAU PhD: Examining the relationship between global trade liberalization, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the economic growth of Bangladesh); Jane Kelly (CSU PhD: Impact of weed seeds on carcase quality in sheep meat enterprises); Martin Amidy (ANU PhD: Grazing systems and whole farm financial performance).

Professional Memberships

Academic Department: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management

Tel: +44 (0) 1952 815 303

Twitter: @AgriTechEcon

Office: AC20 Aspire Centre

Research profile: ORCID

Research profile: ResearcherID.com

Publications

Loading publication details from CREST...

CREST Collections is a joint repository for research outputs designed to capture the work of individuals and institutions who are Members of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training.

Other publications

Additional Information
  • Director of the Global Institute for Agri-Tech Economics
  • National Centre for Precision Farming member
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Agricultural Management
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics
  • Research Centre Member, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (an alliance between CSU & NSW Department of Primary Industries), Australia

Recently completed research projects

  • AgriBenchmark 2016-18 project: Beef and Sheep networks (2016-2018). Behrendt, K. Collaborators: Meat & Livestock Australia, Graham Centre, International agri benchmark network, private consultants/extension personnel. Funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (D.IIS.1610).
  • Sustainable Livestock Grazing Systems on Chinese Temperate Grasslands (2012-2017). Kemp, D.; Badgery, W.; Behrendt, K.; Michalk, D.; Takahashi, T. Collaborators: China Agricultural University; Gansu Academy of Agricultural Science, Gansu Agricultural University; Gansu Grassland Ecological Research Institute, Lanzhou University; Inner Mongolia Agricultural University; Institute for Grassland Research, Chinese Academy Agricultural Science. Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR LPS/2008/048)
  • Improving adoption of management strategies for summer perennial weeds through effective engagement processes (2015-2017). Wu, H. (NSW DPI), Herbert, K.; Behrendt, K.; Bowden, P.; Higgins, V. Funded by Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.
  • Climate change adaptation in southern NSW-lower rainfall agriculture: A biophysical and economic assessment of farm performance at three irrigated Murray Valley mixed farm sites, under a projected climate and irrigation allocation scenario, factoring in water market instruments (2017). Behrendt, K. in collaboration with NSW Department of Primary Industries Cashen, M.; Broadfoot, K.; Clark, A.; Graham, P. Funded by Murray LLS.
  • Development of FarmEcon analysis module for economic assessment of mixed farm biophysical simulations (2015-2017). Behrendt, K. in collaboration with NSW Department of Primary Industries Cashen, M.; Broadfoot, K.; Clark, A.; Graham, P. Funded by Murray LLS.
  • Developing a mixed farming system R,D&A program (2016-2018). Friend, M.A.; Robertson, S.M.; McGrath, S.R.; Behrendt, K. Collaborators: CSIRO; DEDJT&R (Vic); Nicon Rural Services; NSW Department of Primary Industries; DAFWA (WA). Funded by Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.
  • Determining the value of ground cover to limit serrated tussock invasion (2014-2016). Behrendt, K. in collaboration with Badgery, W.B.; Millar, G.; Simmons, A.; Simpson, M.  Funded by NSW Weeds Action Program.
  • AgriBenchmark: Australian beef and sheep agri benchmark network (2013, 2014 & 2015). Behrendt, K. Funded by Meat & Livestock Australia Limited
  • Assessing Farmers' Costs of Compliance with EU Legislation in the Fields of Environment, Animal Welfare and Food Safety (2012-2013). Behrendt, K.; Davies, L. in collaboration with Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali SpA (PI); agri benchmark. Funded by EU Commission.

Earlier publications

  • Mason, J.; Behrendt, K. (2009) Producers dealing with problem pasture species that cause seed contamination and production losses in lamb production systems, In: D. Brouwer; N. Griffiths and I. Blackwood (eds), Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW Inc., 5-6 August, The Grassland Society of NSW Inc., pp. 94-96.
  • Mason, J.; Behrendt, K.; Toohey, E.; White, A. (2008) Using Bioclip™ to manage the impact of grass seed contamination on lamb production, In: S. Hatcher and J.S. Richards (eds) NSW DPI Sheep & Beef Conference 2008 – Coping with a changing environment: environmental, technological, social and economic, 2-4 September, Orange Agricultural Institute. NSW Department of Primary Industries, pp. 237-238.
  • Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.M.; Jones, R. (2006) Methodology for assessing optimal rates of pasture improvement in the high rainfall temperate pasture zone, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 46(6 & 7), 845-849.
  • Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.; Jones, R. (2006) Pasture improvement: Optimal strategies for the New England, In: P.B. Cronje and D. Maxwell (eds) Wool meets Meat – Tools for a modern sheep enterprise. Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Sheep Industry CRC conference, Orange, Australia, pp256-257.
  • Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.M. (2006) Optimisation of Pasture Improvement, In 'The Cicerone Farms: Coming to Conclusions, Proceedings of 2006 Symposium'. Armidale, NSW. (Ed. JM Scott) pp. 39-41. (The Cicerone Project Inc. and The Centre for Sustainable Farming Systems, University of New England).
  • Behrendt, K. (2005) Pasture productivity and persistence: Optimal strategies for different livestock production systems. In 'The Cicerone Farms: Under the microscope, Proceedings of 2005 Symposium'. Armidale, NSW. (Ed. JM Scott) pp. 48-51. (The Cicerone Project Inc. and The Centre for Sustainable Farming Systems, University of New England).
  • Behrendt, K. (2005) Grazing management and pasture innovations: what’s best for your farming system?, In: H. Lloyd Davies (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Grasslands Society of NSW Inc., Orange pp 69-73.
  • Behrendt, K.; Stefanski, A.; Salmon, E.M. (2000) Fine tuning the time of lambing in spring: is it profitable?, In: W. McDonald 9 (eds) Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference Grassland Society of NSW Inc., Armidale, pp. 127-129.
  • Davies, L; Behrendt, K. (1995) Economics of using silage and hay for increasing beef turn off weights, In: AA. Charry and M. McKerchar (eds) ‘Keys to farm business success’, Proceedings of the 21st Australian Farm Management Society Conference. Orange, NSW.

Books, chapters & other publications

  • Friend, M.; Nicholson, C.; Behrendt, K. (2018) Investment Plan. L.LSM.006 Final Report Appendix 3. Meat & Livestock Australia Limited, North Sydney. 100 pages.
  • Cashen, M.; Broadfoot, K.; Behrendt, K.; Graham, P.; Clark, A. (2017) Climate change adaptation in Southern NSW low rainfall zone –irrigation component addition. Final Report MY00894. NSW Department of Primary Industries. Commissioned by Murray Local Land Services (National Landcare Program). 101 pages.
  • Proceedings of the 30th Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW Inc. (2017) Eds K Behrendt, H Burns, B Hackney, D Harbison (Grassland Society of NSW Inc., Orange). 112 pages. (ISBN 978-0-9943749-2-9)
  • Cashen, M.; Broadfoot, K.; Behrendt, K.; Graham, P.; Clark, A. (2016) Climate change adaptation in Southern NSW lower rainfall agriculture. Final Report MY00108. NSW Department of Primary Industries. Commissioned by Murray Local Land Services (National Landcare Program). 83 pages.
  • Millar, G.; Simmons, A.; Behrendt, K.; Simpson, M.; Badgery, W.B. (2016) Determining the value of pasture to limit serrated tussock invasion. Final Report. NSW Department of Primary Industries. Commissioned by NSW Weeds Action Program. 100 pages.
  • Guisard, Y., Hyde, S., Mills, P., Hicks, K., Love, C., Behrendt, K., Parissi, C. (2016) Online problem-based learning as a strategy to enhance learner-learner engagement in distance education. u!magine Distance Education Innovation Grant Scheme 2015-2016 Final Report.
  • Behrendt, K.; Davies, L.; Anderton, L. (2015) AgriBenchmark 2015. Meat & Livestock Australia, North Sydney. 62 pages.
  • Godfrey, S.S.; Behrendt, K.; Ramsay, G.; Wynn, P.C.; Nordblom, T. (2013) Identifying producer, middlemen, retailer and consumer issues from a pro-poor value chain perspective: A dairy case study from Punjab of Pakistan. Proceedings of the 57th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Sydney. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 5-8 February.
  • Godfrey, S.; Behrendt, K.; Nordblom, T.; Wynn, P. (2012) Dairy enterprise and whole farm performance in mixed farming systems: Punjab, Pakistan, Proceedings of the 56th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Freemantle. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 7-10 February, 18 pages.
  • Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.M.; Jones, R. (2009) Bioeconomic analysis of fertiliser input costs on pasture resource management under climatic uncertainty, Proceedings of the 53rd Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Cairns. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 27 pages.
Contact

Enquiry

Cookies on the Harper Adams University website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time.