Department of Agricultural Economics

Undergraduate GraduateResearch & Publications
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Hay Bales

Economics of Producing Forage on Cropland

This webinar discusses the economics of growing annual an perennial forages on cropland. Examples and spreadsheet tools are utilized to help producers evaluate the economics of producing forages in comparison to grain crops.

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“So You’ve Inherited a Farm, Now What?”

If you have inherited farmland or may do so in the future, this webinar is for you. Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek cover considerations for land including management, transition and succession planning.

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Larry Van Tassell

Meet our Department Head, Larry Van Tassell and learn what advice he has for students

Agricultural Economics Ambassadors


We offer three degree programs, each with several options that let you choose the best path to fit your needs and interests. 


  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics

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Our master's degree in agricultural economics is a flexible program that prepares students for careers in business, industry or a Ph.D. program.

The Ph.D. program prepares students to work on economic issues related to public and private decision making in agriculture, food and natural resources.

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Research and Publications

The research and outreach mission of the department is to improve decision making by public officials, producers and agribusinesses by providing them with them economic information, insights, analytical tools, and skills.

Topic areas include:

  • Agriculture profitability and sustainability
  • Behavioral and experimental economics
  • Industrial organization of the agri-food system
  • Natural resources
  • Rural innovation and development
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