Faculty and students in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics study the production, distribution, and consumption of food, fiber, and energy in both well-developed and less-developed countries. To address these issues, the department emphasizes the development and application of rigorous economic theory and quantitative methods. Researchers strive to understand and improve government policy, market performance, environmental quality, the efficiency of natural resource use, and economic welfare. The department offers the popular Managerial Economics undergraduate major and top-rated Ph.D. and Masters programs in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

New ARE Job Placements: Derek Farnsworth, University of Florida

Derek Farnsworth will join the faculty in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida in fall 2014. Derek is an agricultural economist whose research interests include agricultural labor availability, pest management, and restrictive trade regulations. The goal of his dissertation, "Perspectives on California Berry Production," is to address production constraints faced by agricultural producers in an analytical framework. Derek's thesis committee includes Rachael Goodhue and Jeffrey Williams (co-chairs), and Frank Zalom (Department of Entomology).