Chuck Nicholson

Associate Professor




Office Location

Animal Sciences

1675 Observatory Drive, Office 444

Madison WI, 53706

My position is supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub.  My principal research responsibilities are economic analysis of dairy production, marketing and policy issues, often through development and application of quantitative simulation models.  I teach two courses, Agricultural & Applied Economics 422 Food Systems and Supply Chains and A&DS 370 Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development.  My research also includes the economics of livestock systems in low- and middle-income countries, systems modeling of food value chains and linkages to food security, and the economics and environmental impacts of controlled-environment agriculture (for example, vertical farms for vegetable production).

Nicholson, C. F. and E. C. Monterrosa.  2023.  Analyzing the Potential Impacts of Three Interventions on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Urban Kenya Using Participatory Systems Modeling.  Public Health Nutrition, doi:10.1017/S1368980023002033

Nicholson, C. F., M. Eaton, M. I. Gómez, N. S. Mattson.  2023.  Economic and Environmental Performance of Controlled-Environment Supply Chains for Leaf Lettuce. European Review of Agricultural Economics, doi:

Ayinde, T. B. C. F. Nicholson, B. Ahmed.  2023. Multiple‐year farm‐level assessments of trade‐offs between GHG emissions and income: case examples of two farming systems in Northern Nigeria.  Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Simões, A. R. P., C. F. Nicholson and G. Carvalho.  2023.  Components of farm milk price behavior in Brazil from 2005 to 2020.  Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia,

Nicholson, C. F.  2023.  Assessment of Milk Price Impacts and Transportation Cost Savings for an Extended Shelf Life Fluid Milk Plant in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Reported submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, April 2023.

Nicholson, C. F.  2022.  Assessment of the Potential for Participatory Systems Modeling to Improve Food and Nutrition Security Under Climate Change.  White Paper developed for the Workshop to Assess the Potential for Participatory Systems Modeling to Improve Food and Nutrition Security Under Climate Change, August.

Stephenson, M. W. and C. F. Nicholson.  2022.  Spatial Price Relationships in Class I Markets.  Report to National Milk Producers Federation, August.

Hawkins, J., A. M. Komarek, E. Kihoro, C. F. Nicholson, A. Omore, G.C. Schoneveld, G. Yesuf, P. J. Ericksen and M. C. Rufino.  2022.  Improved animal genetics deliver low emissions development for East Africa’s dairy sector. NatureFood,

Nicholson, C. F., K. C. McRoberts, B. Suleyman Öz, B. Kopainsky.  2022.  A Dynamic Systems Analysis of Factors Affecting Success of Identity-Preserved Products:  the Case of High-Oleic Soybeans.  International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, in press, DOI: 10.22434/IFAMR2021.0132

Nicholson, C. F. and M. I. Gómez.  2022.  “Market and Supply Chain Models for Analysis of Food Systems”, in C. Peters and D. Thilmany (eds.), Food Systems Modeling:  Tools for Assessing Sustainability in Food and Agriculture.  Elsevier / Academic Press.

Ayinde, T., B. Ahmed and C. F. Nicholson.  2021.  “Farm-Level Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Reductions for the Predominant Production Systems in Northern Nigeria.”  In W. L. Filho et al., eds., African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation.  Springer.

Nicholson, C. F., E. C. Stephens, B. Kopainsky, A. Jones, D. Parsons and J. L. Garrett. 2021. Food Security Outcomes in Agricultural Systems Models: Current Status and Recommended Improvements. Agricultural Systems188 103028

Nicholson, C. F., E. C. Stephens, A. Jones, B. Kopainsky, D. Parsons, J. L. Garrett and P.K. Thornton. 2021. Food Security Outcomes in Agricultural Systems Models: Case Examples and Priority Information Needs. Agricultural Systems, 188 103030

Weersink, A., M. von Massow, N. Bannon, J. Ilft, J.Maples, K. McEwen, M. McKendree, C. F. Nicholson, A.M. Novakovic, A. Rangarajan, T. Richards, B. Rickard, J. Rude, M. Schipanski, G. Schnitkey, L. Schultz, D. Schuurman, K. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, M. W. Stephenson, J.Thompson, K. Wood. 2021.  COVID-19 and the Agri-Food System in the United States and Canada.  Agricultural Systems,

Simões, A. R. P., C. F. Nicholson, J. D. dos Reis, R. M. Protil, A. L. J. Ferraz, and D. M. de Oliveira.  2021.  Determinants of the loyalty of farmers to dairy processors in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ciência Rural, Santa Maria, v.51:5, e20200340.

Nicholson, C. and M. Stephenson.  2021.  Analyses of Proposed Alternative Growth Management Programs for the US Dairy Industry.  Report for the Center for Integrated Agricultural System, University of Wisconsin, August.

Villena, V. H., C. F. Nicholson, A.M. Novakovic and M.W. Stephenson.  2021.  Management Lesson from the US Dairy Sector’s Pandemic Response.  Supply Chain Management Review. September/October 2021, pp. 24-31.

Simões, A.R. P., N. Paulo Bueno, F.M. de Souza Almeida, C. F. Nicholson, J.D. dos Reis, F. de Paula Leonel.  2020.  Public policies for enhancing diffusion of technology: a network analysis for a dairy farmer community in Minas Gerais Brazil.  Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia, 49:e20190207, 2020

Ayinde, T., C. F. Nicholson, B. Ahmed, A. Ayantunde, M. Akinola, O Yusuf.  2020.  Income and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Trade-offs in Smallholder Farms at Two Sites Northern Nigeria.  African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 15:325-355.

Nicholson, C. F., E. C. Stephens, A. Jones, B. Kopainsky, D. Parsons, J. L. Garrett and E. L. Phillips. 2020. Conceptual frameworks linking agriculture and food security.  NatureFood, 1:541-551

Nicholson, C. F., K. Harbick, N. M. Mattson and M. I. Gómez.  2020.  “An Economic and Environmental Comparison of Conventional and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Supply Chains for Leaf Lettuce to US Cities”, in E. Aktas and Michael. Bourlakis (eds.) Food Supply Chains in Cities: Modern Tools for Circularity and Sustainability.

Palgrave.Nicholson, C. F., E. Monterrosa, and J. L. Garrett.  2021.  Food value chain interventions and nutritional outcomes: A review of evidence and recommendations for future assessments.  Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2021, 70:61–67,

Steenhuis, T. S., S. A. Tilahun, A. S. Collick, F. A. Zimale, C. D. Guzman, M. Moges, C. F. Nicholson, T. Enku and A. N.Pell.  2020. Intricacies of an effective global “Rooted” collaboration in soil and water research.  Geoderma, 373:114301.

H.T. Kassahun, J. B. Jacobsen and C. F. Nicholson. 2020. Revisiting money and labor for valuing environmental goods and services in developing countries. Ecological Economics, 177:106771.

Rueda, B. I., K. C. McRoberts, R. W. Blake, C. F. Nicholson, E. C. M. Fernandes and J. F. Valentim.  2020.  Nutrient Status of Cattle Grazing Systems in the Western Brazilian Amazon.  Cogent Food and Agriculture, 6: 1722350

Simões, A. R. P., C. F. Nicholson, A. M. Novakovic and R. M. Protil.  2019.  Dynamic impacts of farm-level technology adoption on the Brazilian dairy supply chain.  International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 23(1) DOI: 10.22434/IFAMR2019.0033  DOI: 10.22434/IFAMR2019.0033.

June 2023-September 2024 – Expert Panel on Atypical Food Production Technologies for Canadian Food Security, Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

2023-present – Undergraduate Committee Animal and Dairy Sciences

2023-present – Curriculum Committee, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, UW-Madison

October 4th, 2023 – Testimony on Spatial Values of US Milk Prices, Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreements and Orders, Carmel, Indiana

August 2023 – External Program Reviewer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Food Systems Research Program

2022-present – Steering Committee, Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Madison

2022-present – Advisory Council, Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Madison

2022-present – Governance Council, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison

2022-present – Undergraduate Committee, Agricultural and Applied Economics

2006-2013, 2018-present – Editorial Advisory Board, Agricultural Systems (Elsevier)

2015 – Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award—Group, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)