Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Tom Nordblom

Dr Tom Nordblom

BSc (Cal -Poly, San Luis Obispo, California), MSc, PhD (Oregon State)

Tom Nordblom's post-graduate research in agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University focussed on issues of integrated livestock grazing and cropping in the Oregon Desert (MSc 1971) and the bio-economic processes perpetuating the historic 10-year cycles of US cattle inventories and prices (PhD 1981).

Over the following 17 years Dr Nordblom served as Farming Systems Economist in the Nile Valley, West Asia / North Africa and Central Asia regions with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based at Aleppo, Syria; then a place of peace.

In 1998 he accepted an invitation to serve as Senior Research Fellow (agricultural economist) for the Weeds CRC at Charles Sturt University. Three years later in 2002 he joined NSW DPI, continuing with the Weeds CRC and the Salinity CRC, on a number of collaborative research projects.

He served as Principal Investigator on the research project 'Developing Environmental Service Policy for Salinity' supported by NSW DPI and funded by RIRDC and MDBC as well as the Salinity and Future Farming Industries CRCs, Victoria DPI and University of Western Australia. He completed a number of further economic research studies in the Strategy and Policy group of NSW DPI through March 2016.

Dr Nordblom presently serves as Adjunct Associate Prof at the Graham Centre with the School of Ag & Wine Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

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  • Managing farm financial risks of weather and price variations and debt
  • Economics of water management at farm and catchment levels
  • Trade-offs balancing economic efficiency, social equity & environment
  • Sustainably managed natural resources for current & future prosperity

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  • Nordblom, T.L., Hutchings, T.R, Hayes, R.C., Li, G.D., Finlayson, J.D. (2017). Does establishing lucerne under a cover crop increase farm financial risk?  Crop & Pasture Science 68 (12): 1149–1157 https://doi.org/10.1071/CP16379
  • Nordblom, T.L., Hume, I.H., Finlayson, J.D., Pannell, D.J., Holland, J.E., McClintock, A.J.  2015. Distributional consequences of upstream tree plantations on downstream water users in a public-private benefit framework. Agricultural Systems 139: 271–281.    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2015.07.008
  • Nordblom, T.L., Hutchings, T.R., Hayes, R.C., Li, G.D. 2015. A Framework for Modelling Whole Farm Financial Risk. Selected Paper, Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society, 59th Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand.  http://purl.umn.edu/202581  (paper);  http://purl.umn.edu/202986  (slides)
  • Nordblom, T.L., Finlayson, J.D., Hume, I.H.  2012. Upstream demand for water use by new tree plantations imposes externalities on downstream irrigated agriculture and wetlands. The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 56 (4): 455-474   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8489.2012.00593.x
  • Finlayson, J.D., Real, D., Nordblom, T., Revell, C., Ewing, M., Kingwell, R.  2012. Farm level assessments of a novel drought tolerant forage: Tedera (Bituminaria bituminosa C.H.Stirtvar. albomarginata). Agricultural Systems 112: 38-47 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2012.06.001
  • Hutchings, T.R. and Nordblom, T.L.  2011. A financial analysis of the effect of the mix of crop and sheep enterprises on the risk profile of dryland farms in south-eastern Australia.  AFBM (Australian Farm Business Management) Journal.  8 (1): 19-42.   http://www.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/178852/AFBM_Journal_Vol8_No1_03.pdf
  • Nordblom, T.L., Reeson, A., Finlayson, J., Hume, I., Whitten, S., Kelly, J.  2011.  Price discovery and distribution of water rights linking upstream tree plantations to downstream water markets: experimental results. Water Policy 13: 810-827.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wp.2011.085
  • Nordblom, T.L., Christy, B., Finlayson, J., Roberts, A., Kelly, J. 2010. Least-cost land use changes for targeted salt-load and water-yield impacts in south-eastern Australia. Agricultural Water Management. 97 (6): 811-823.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2009.12.015
  • Nordblom, T., Hume, I., Bathgate, A., Reynolds, M. 2006.  Mathematical optimisation of drainage and economic land-use for target water and salt yields. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 50 (3): 381-402.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8489.2006.00356.x
  • Brennan, J.P., Aw-Hassan, A., Nordblom, T.L. 2003. Influence of spillovers to Australia on impacts of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.  Food Policy 28 (5-6): 471-485.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2003.08.001
  • Nordblom, T.  2003. Putting biological reality into economic assessments of biocontrol.  In: Spafford-Jacob, H., Briese, D. (eds). 2003. Improving the selection, testing and evaluation of weed biocontrol agents. Proc., Biological Control of Weeds Symp. and Workshop, University of WA, Perth, 13 Sept 2002. CRC for Australian Weed Mgmt., Tech Series No. 7. pp. 75-85.   http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/64168/20080620-0000/www.weeds.crc.org.au/documents/tech_series_7.pdf
  • Nordblom, T.L., Jones, R.E., Medd, R.W.  2003.  Economics of factor-adjusted herbicide doses: a simulation analysis of best efficacy-targeting strategies (BETS). Agricultural Systems, 76 (3): 863-882. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0308-521X(02)00036-7
  • Nordblom, T., Smyth, M., Swirepik, A., Sheppard, A., Briese, D.  2002. Spatial economics of biological control: investing in new releases of insects for earlier limitation of Paterson’s curse in Australia.  Agricultural Economics, 27 (3): 403-424 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-0862.2002.tb00128.x

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