Gabriella Sorg was the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding M.S. thesis award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. 

Anuar Bechara Bitar received the department’s outstanding dissertation award for 2019. His dissertation, advised by Professor Joe Ritter, focused on the impacts of three economic and social policies in Mexico.

A hearty congratulations to our three outstanding award winners, Gretta Hanson, Taro Nagashima, and Mike Swanson. 

Although it was less than a year ago, when we learned of the impending retirements of some of our faculty, the world was a different place. 

This year we hosted our annual Outstanding Alumni Award event and forum on October 4. 

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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  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Trade and Development