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#Agricultural OR Special Issues

Agricultural OR

Journal Special Issues

  • Methods and Applications in Natural Resources Management Annals of Operations Research, Volume 219, Issue 1 – Springer Volume 219, Issue 1, August 2014 Methods and Applications in Natural Resources Management ISSN: 0254-5330 (Print) 1572-9338 (Online) Curated from Methods and Applications in Natural Resources Management  
  • Operations Research in Agriculture and Forest Management Operations Research in Agriculture and Forest Management Annals of Operations Research, Volume 190, Issue 1 – Springer Issue Editors: L.M. Pla-Aragones, B. Vizvári ISSN: 0254-5330 (Print) 1572-9338 (Online) Curated from Operations Research in Agriculture and Forest Management  

#Special Interest Groups

Agricultural Operational Research Groups

  • EURO Working Group – OR in Agriculture and Forest Management As declared by the EURO Council, the main purpose of the EWG’s is to encourage communication and research between small groups of members specialising in particular topics. The WG is open to people with different backgrounds (like industry, university, etc) and who are interested on OR methods and its application in Agriculture and Forest Management ...
  • Method: extinction of social groups (such as agricultural OR) Interesting article on social group dynamics using a non-linear dynamics model. The interesting thing is can the para,meters be managed to prevent small groups fading away.  Is there a critical mass? Nonlinear dynamics is invoked to explain a wide range of physical phenomena in which a number of factors play a part. One of the ...

#Agricultural OR Papers

Operational Research in Agriculture

Review and Position papers, Viewpoints, and Editorials

  • Application of operations research in agriculture decision making – Springer Z. Zhang and C. Wang, Cluster analysis and optimization model of the structural distribution of aquatic industry in Huantai county, J. Qufu Teacher’s University 1(1986).   Z. Zhang, Present situations and prospects on the structure of agriculture and animal husbandry optimized by system engineering, J. Qufu Teacher’s University 4(1986).   A survey is given of applications of operations research ...
  • Operations Research Models and the Management of Agricultural and Forestry Resources: A Review and Comparison Operations Research Models and the Management of Agricultural and Forestry Resources: A Review and Comparison Andrés Weintraub, Carlos Romero, Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad de Chile, Avenida República 701, Santiago, Chile Departamento de Economía y Gestión Forestal, ETS Ingenieros de Montes, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Avenida Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain Published Online: October 1, 2006 Page Range: 446 ...
  • A perspective on operational research prospects for agriculture : Journal of the Operational Research Society : Palgrave Macmillan #JOURNAL OF THE OPERATIONAL #RESEARCH #SOCIETY | GENERAL PAPER A perspective on operational research prospects for agriculture Lluís M Plà Daniel L Sandars Andrew J Higgins Affiliations Corresponding author This paper discusses the future of operational research (OR) for the agricultural industries in a broad sense, including horticulture and viticulture during a period of increased pressure on natural resources. The authors use ...
  • The Impact of Operational Research on Agriculture The Impact of Operational Research on Agriculture E. D. Sargent The Journal of the Operational Research Society Vol. 31, No. 6 (Jun., 1980), pp. 477-483 Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Journals on behalf of theOperational Research Society DOI: 10.2307/2580821 Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2580821 Page Count: 7 Abstract The paper shows that agriculture is one of the United Kingdom’s largest industries. It would therefore be expected that ...
  • 50 Years of Applying OR to Agriculture in Britain I helped my boss Eric Audsley produce this paper (link) for the OR Society 50 conference in York 2008.  Luis Pla and I also wrote a related paper on the future prospects that made it to press at the second attempt with help from Andrew Higgins.
  • An engineering approach for sustainable systems This #seminal #review paper summed up much of the thinking and research that I had been involved with for around a decade as a research scientist at the former Silsoe Research Institute at #Wrest Park Bedfordshire. (Wrest Park is a fabulous Stately home and was a gorgeous setting for UKs public sector agricultural engineering institute) In many ...

#Agriculture OR Books

Operational Research in Agriculture

Prominent Text Books

  • Farm Planning and Control | Industrial Economics | Cambridge University Press A comprehensive treatment of farm business and control, with many examples drawn from farming practice. Although there are many motives for farming, the achievement of a worthwhile financial return, coupled with a good standard of living, ranks high among them. This implies the need for sound business organisation – the more so as holdings become larger, ...
  • Handbook of Operations Research in Natural Resources | Andres Weintraub | Springer Natural resources has been an application in numerous Operations Research papers; however, there have been few, if any, books that organizes and discusses the OR models in this area   Andrés Weintraub is the very top person in Natural Resource research. Moreover, he has an international reputation in OR and a former president of the International Federation ...
  • Handbook of Operations Research in Agriculture and the Agri Food Industry| Lluis M. Plà-Aragonés This book is intended to collect in one volume high quality chapters on Methods and Applications in #Agriculture and #Agri-food industry considering both theoretical issues and application results. Methods applied to problems in agriculture and the agri-food industry include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:   Each chapter includes some standard and traditional methodology but ...

#This Is OR Videos

A collection of videos that give insights into practices and the profession.

Operational Research Society – Learn About O.R.


In a nutshell, operational research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.
The six individual sector clips are below.

1) OR in Supply Chains

2) OR in Sport

3) OR in Government

4) OR in Manufacturing (Tata Steel)

5) OR in Manufacturing (Crown Paints)

6) OR Education as a career

7) OR in Supply Chain – (Waverley TSB)

8) OR in transport

Operational Research Society – The Science of Better


Winner of ‘Best Corporate Film of 2009’ at the IOV awards. The brief for this recruitment film was literally ‘Make Maths look sexy’… so that’s exactly what we did!
“The fact that our video won the ‘Best Corporate Video 2009’ award says all you need to know about the creative expertise and technical capability of BMS. But what also needs to be said is that they are an enthusiastic team, fun to work with and keen to do all they can to make sure you are a satisfied client. Thoroughly recommended!” — Graham Sharp, Marketing Consultant, The OR Society.

A New View of Analytics and


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About OR

This blog-site pulls together my professional interests in the application of Operational [Operations] Research to agriculture, forestry and related industries and extends to include their natural resources and chains or webs of secondary industries.

Operational Research is the scientific approach to better, specifically to better decision making.

Operational Research - conceptualised
Operational Research – conceptualized
Operational Research
Operational Research

If you favour UK English the discipline is known as Operational Research, but if you favour US English it is Operations Research. In any case it became recognised as its own discipline in the UK during WWII and does not specifically aim to help surgeons research their operations.