University of Minnesota Applied Economics grad student, Vanee Dusoruth, along with other researchers, will spend the next six weeks digging through more than 120 residential trash bins to examine the food-waste and organics disposal habits of Maplewood residents. 

Applied Economics Department Head Frances Homans describes the upcoming unveiling of artwork commemorating Vernon Ruttan's life and career, sketched by his daughter Lore Ruttan. 

Applied Economics Associate Professor Joleen Hadrich shares ways to improve the efficiency of farm management decisions. 

The department said farewell to three of its staff members this past Spring: Diane McAfee, Ellen Carlson, and Sue Pohlod. 

We are excited to introduce Christina Olson, Principal Office and Administrative Specialist, who has now joined our department. 

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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