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  • New York State Integrated Pest Management
  • Applied Economics
New York State Integrated Pest Management Director Alejandro Calixto has announced the appointment of Allan Pinto. Ph.D., as the Program’s first economist.

Pinto, a postdoctoral research associate, began working with Cornell University Professor Miguel Gomez, Ph.D., in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management last year, where he contributed to an economic analysis of on-farm integration of organic management of spotted-wing drosophila in fruit crops and analyzed the economic benefits of replacing tillage in organic grain crop production with new technologies.

Calixto cited the synergy between Pinto’s previous work and the work he will perform for NYSIPM, where he will study the economic benefits of adopting alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides being developed at Cornell University and examine the economic impact of the invasive spotted lanternfly in agricultural systems, with a focus on grape production.

“Allan’s unique background and expertise promise to bring a fresh perspective to NYSIPM,” Calixto said. “He will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to our Program’s goals and help us to make informed decisions to benefit New York’s farmers and growers.”

A native of Honduras, Pinto earned his bachelor’s degree from Escuela Agricola Panamericana, Zamorano, before journeying to the United States, where he pursued a master’s and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and Kansas State University, respectively.

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