Prabodh Illukpitiya 
Associate Professor
Academic Advisor & Focus Group Leader – Agribusiness Management 
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information: 
204 H Farrell Westbrook
Telephone: 615-963-1877

Research Areas: 
Production Efficiency, Benefit: Costs Modelling, Risk and Decision Analysis, Economic Impact Analysis

Illukpitiya, P., Ortiz, A and Tegegne, F. 2022. Ginseng based forest farming as sustainable income diversification opportunity for landowners, Sustainable Agriculture Research, 6(1): 25-33.

Adhikari, S and Illukpitiya, P. 2021. Small-scale biodiesel production for on-farm energy security: a sustainable income diversification opportunity for oilseed producers. Biofulels 12(6): 605-614.

Nwosis, S., Illukpitiya, P., Nandwani, D., Arebi, T and Nwosisis, O. 2021. Organic and Conventional sweet potato production in the southeastern of US. A comparative analysis. Agric & Food Secur 10, 27:1-9. 

Yuldashev, F., Illukpitiya, P., Tegegne, F., Ekanem, E. 2020. Techno-economic analysis of plantation biomass production and small-scale wood pellet processing for bioenergy market, International Wood Products Journal, 11: 173-188. 

Alegbeleye, I.D and Illukpitiya, P. 2019. Economic analysis of utilization of corn stover for bioenergy production: Towards diversifying income opportunities for small farmers. Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy, 8: 21-28.

Illukpitiya, P & deKoff, J.P. 2019. An economic assessment of nutrient removal from switchgrass production. Research in Applied Economics, 11(2). 26-38.

Illukpitiya, P., Reddy, C.K., Bansal, A. 2017. Modeling net energy balance of ethanol production from native warm season grasses. Energy Economics, 64:346-352.

Chen, B and Illukpitiya, P. 2017.  The factors influencing establishment of demonstration farmers’ cooperatives in China. International Journal of Cooperative Studies, 6(2): 25-32.

de Koff, JP., Ricketts, J.C., Robbins, C., Illukpitiya, P and Wade, A. 2017. Meeting stakeholder energy technology education needs using a mobile demonstration. Journal of Extension, 55(6): 1-12.

Jin, Y and Illukpitiya P. 2016. Cost minimization of supplying biomass for ethanol biorefineries. Energy, 96 (1): 209-214. 

Bansal, A., Illukpitiya, P., Tegegne, F and Singh, S.P. 2016. Energy efficiency of ethanol production from cellulosic feedstock, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 58 (1): 141-146.

Abimbola, A, Illukpitiya, P and De Koff, J.P. 2016. Economic analysis of small scale on-farm production of biodiesel and vegetable oil for industrial use from winter oilseed crops. Journal of Global Agriculture and Ecology, 5 (1): 19-29.

Illukpitiya, P and Gopalakrishnan, C. 2015. Rural households' decision-making in fuelwood collection. A case study of natural forest margins in the tropics. Journal of Natural Resources and Policy Research, 7 (2-3): 125-138. 

Adhikari, S and Illukpitiya, P. 2015. Utilization of oilseed crops for on-farm energy security, Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy, 4 (4): 113-119.

Abimbola, A., Illukpitiya, P., Ekanem, E. and Tegegne, F 2014. US consumers’ food consumption behavior and policy implications for changing diets, Journal of Nutritional Ecology and Food Research. 2: 1-9.

Ankit Bansal, Prabodh Illukpitiya, Surendra P. Singh, Fisseha Tegegne, 2013. Economic competitiveness of ethanol production from cellulosic feedstock in Tennessee. Renewable Energy (59): 53-57.

Illukpitiya, P, Yanagida, J.F Ogoshi, R and Uehara, G. 2013. Sugar-ethanol-electricity co-generation in Hawai’i: An application of linear programming (LP) for optimizing Strategies. Biomass and Bioenergy (48): 203-212.

Ho, T., Yangida, J.F. and Illukpitiya, P. 2013. Factors Affecting Technical Efficiency of Small-Holder Coffee Farming in the Krong Ana Watershed, Vietnam. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 3 (1). 37-49.

Surendra P. Singh, Prabodh Illukpitiya and Sammy Comer, 2013. Human Capital Development for the Evolving 21st Century Bio-based Economy in USA: Assessing Needs for Education, Skills and Capabilities by Agribusiness Enterprises. International Journal of Marketing Financial Services and Management Research 2 (6): 12-24.

Illukpitiya, P., Gopalakrishnan, C and Ratnayake, RMMB. 2012. Economic competitiveness of biofuel Production from underutilized ethanol feedstock. Journal of Natural Resources and Policy Research 4 (2): 91-102

Tran, N., Illukpitiya, P., Yanagida, J.F. and Ogoshi, R. 2011. Optimizing biofuel production: an economic analysis for selected biofuel feedstock production in Hawaii. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35: 1756-1764.

AGSC 2010: Agribusiness Economics
AGSC 2020: Agribusiness Management
AGSC 3030: Environmental Natural Resource Economics and Management
AGSC 4020: Quantitative Techniques in Decision Making
AGSC 4090: Community Development
AGSC 5080: Agribusiness Management and Market Analysis

Awards and Grants:
Outstanding Research Faculty, College of Agriculture - 2018
USDA-NIFA, USDA-AFRI, Department of Energy

PhD (Agricultural and Resource Economics), University of Hawai'i at Manoa
MS (Natural Resource Management), Norwegian University of Life Sciences
BS (Agriculture), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Date Joined staff: 2011

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