"3TG minerals" are common inputs in popular products (in fact, you are most likely reading this on a piece of technology using these so-called 'conflict minerals'), such as mobile phones, laptops, medical equipment and jewelry. The extraction of these minerals, however, serve as key sources of revenue for armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other surrounding countries. In his research, Jeff Bloem estimates the impact of legislation set forth to regulate the international trade of these minerals. 

Planet Earth faces an extinction crisis...what does this mean for human civilization? ApEc Professor Stephen Polasky talks more on what the differing production of resources and materials can mean for humanity.

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new online tool aimed at showing families’ access to child care and early childhood education services across Minnesota.

Joleen Hadrich aims to help dairy farms survive and thrive through current financial pressures. 

Leon Geyer, professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Geyer received his PhD in Applied Economics in 1985, under the advising of Jerry Hammond. 

Professor Bellemare Featured in US News

Environment and animal rights groups have praised Chipotle for its sustainable and humane practices, but its recent food poisoning outbreaks illustrate the challenges that can come with living up to this image....Professor Bellemare comments.

Near-Perfect Grain Conditions Cause Price Changes

Commodity prices on the whole, not just for grain, are on their way down, including for natural gas, minerals and other commodities, said Ed Usset.


For more departmental happenings, check out Marginal Memos and Minnesota Applied Economist.


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