The newly formed Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness combines the expertise of many different disciplines within the College of Agriculture, joins two distinct, yet closely related social science disciplines in common purpose. Strengthened by the individual and collaborative contributions of economists and agribusiness expertise, the department excels in research, teaching and outreach focusing in four interrelated areas: agriculture and food; environment and natural resources; community, regional and international development; and population processes and change.
Our vision describes how we should adjust our programs to respond to future challenges and maintain a high standard of excellence, strives to be a premier source of education, research, and leadership development in agricultural economics and agribusiness.
The Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness engages people in the use of economic analysis for making decisions involving agribusinesses, natural resources, and communities through the pursuit of learning, leadership, diversity, professional development and excellence.
- Respond highly to priority issues facing society in agribusiness (including food and fiber production, supplying inputs, processing products, and marketing), natural resources, eon mental quality and communities.
- Teach students how to use economic and business principles and develop their leadership and communication skills to prepare them for employment and to continue life-long learning.
- Conduct applied research programs to analyze business and public policy issues and respond to high-priority societal needs.
- Enhance the use of economic principles and research methods in solving economic problems through disciplinary research and graduate education.
- Develop targeted extension and outreach educational programs to deliver relevant information and teach the use of economic and business principles in making decisions.