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The ​Wicked Problem of Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Special Choices Magazine theme takes in-depth look at problem and possible solutions      

Farmers are experiencing increasing numbers of herbicide resistant weeds across most areas of the ​U.S. and in other areas of the world​.  Left unchecked, this pattern threatens crop yields, farm profit, community cohesion, and environmental quality. Current public and private efforts to stem the tide of weed resistance for the most part have failed. Papers in this issue examine factors leading ​up ​to weed resistance, socio-economic barriers to ​improved ​resistance management, and ​innovative policy options moving forward.

It’s all part of a special edition of Choices Magazine. The theme, entitled “Herbicide Resistance Management” features the following papers:

  • Herbicide Use Trends: A Backgrounder” by Craig D. Osteen and Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo
  • “Farmers’ Perspectives on Management Options for Herbicide-Resistant Weeds” by Raymond Jussaume and Katherine Dentzman
  • “Shock and Awe Pest Management: Time for Change” by Terrance M. Hurley
  • Are Community-Based Approaches to Manage Herbicide Resistance Wisdom or Folly?” by David Ervin and George B. Frisvold

You can read each of the articles online at If you are interested in setting up an interview with any of the authors, please contact Jay Saunders ( in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

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