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

Earlier this month, I was in San Diego interviewing candidates for our open position in environmental and natural resource economics, when I opened my email to learn that two of our alumni were named Fellows by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the association’s most prestigious honor. This summer, we will gather in Kansas City to celebrate their induction as Fellows.

Brooke Bahner took Jay Coggins' class, "Environmental and Natural Resource Economics," in the spring of 2019. Read to find out how she feels this class, in particular, prepared her for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. 

The Easter Family Scholarship, established in 2018 by Professor Emeritus K. William (Bill) Easter and his wife Carolyn, was created to support our undergraduates studying Applied Economics with a preference for students interested in natural resource economics.

The 2018 Farm Bill renewed a program designed to help promote the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income neighborhoods. This year's group of students participating in the National Grocers Association examined how the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) encourages Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, direct marketing, and retailers who buy such products directly from farmers. 

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.


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