Student presenting in a New Marketing Agricultural Economics class.

In the field or in public service, agricultural economists apply economic concepts and problem-solving skills to effectively and efficiently manage farm, environmental and commercial decisions.  Agricultural Economics is for students interested in improving food production and processing, developing agricultural policy, helping rural communities preserve and develop their economic strengths, or protecting our natural resources.  The solid foundation of economic skills and agricultural knowledge acquired prepared students for any number of careers, including Policy Analysis, Farm and Ranch Management, Resource Economics and Management, and Business.  In Policy Analysis, Agricultural economists often are employed by environmental groups, government agencies, commodity organizations and media to interpret how agricultural policies affect various interest groups.  These policies include all aspects of agriculture, from water and soil use to technology adoption to international trade patterns.  Such policies affect all of us through food and energy prices, the quality of our water and air, product development, and international trade and negotiations.  

Photo by Kyle Spradley, CAFNR Marketing and Communications