The department recently welcomed back Justin Johnson as an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

University of Minnesota student Kegan Zimmerman selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholar

“Follow the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do your best to be honest and deal with others with a sense of integrity.” –Elmer Learn

The main responsibility of the State Economist to produce the twice-yearly economic and revenue forecasts for the state of Minnesota. These forecasts determine the size of the state’s biennial budget. So, in a year like this one, when the governor and legislature are constructing a budget for the next biennium,the forecast sets the starting point for that process.

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. 

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. 

Those with long memories will recall that Department Head Jim Houck, along with Patrice Morrow in Ecology, secured funding from the Fesler-Lampert endowment for an interdisciplinary chair in ecology and economics.  Steve Polasky was hired into this chair in 1999. In this interview, Steve reflects on his career at Minnesota. 

"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. 

With a record harvest of U.S. soybeans this year, but exports to China down drastically from a year ago, farmers are forced to sell in a market in crisis. ApEc researcher Ed Usset comments. 

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. 

Dennis and Victoria Johnson are the first CFANS donors to fully endow a scholarship in the Land Grant Legacy (LGLS) Scholarship Program. 

The falling price of pork is worrisome for pig farmers in Minnesota, one of the biggest swine-producing states in the U.S.

President Donald Trump touts his trade policy as long-overdue action to help America’s workers and industries, but some economists warn that tariffs he has placed or is threatening to place on China and Chinese retaliation to them could actually bolster other countries at the expense of the U.S.

 A Shifting Safety Net For Dairy Farmers Facing Uncertain Milk Prices

What Preceded And Led To The Margin Protection Program

Mexico is the latest to retaliate against U.S. steel fees with new tax on pork.  Dean Brian Buhr comments on the Trump administration  and how it has affected the export markets for the pork industry. 

The Minnesota state bird, the common loon, could soon get its own place for people to learn more about the bird, its habitat and the dangers the bird faces.   

Prices for farmland declined across Minnesota in 2017, another sign of a weak farm economy that's been plagued by low crop prices and reduced incomes for the past four years.  ApEc Professor Ward Nefstead comments.

Many are left with the impression that eating quinoa in the wealthy North was robbing food off the table in parts of the Global South. Professor Marc Bellemare explains why that's not quite so.

Communities outside of the Twin Cities look to capitalize on Super Bowl LII but Professor Mike Boland isn't so sure their expectations are realistic.

The case for junk food tax in America. Professor Marc Bellemare comments.

"Either do it or shut," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said about tax reform Tuesday at a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Uncertainty has delayed investment." Professor and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis comments.

Economists are a lot like doctors. They'll never say an economy is fully healed, just that we are in recovery — even though the regional prognosis is pretty strong. Professor and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis comments. 

The optimal amount of waste is not zero. Professor Marc Bellemare explains why.

The mall says 3 million people visit each year. How do they determine that number? Professor Bill Gartner weighs in.

Applied Economics alum, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, just named as Wisconsin's 70th Alice in Dairyland! Crystal earned her degree in Agricultural and Food Business Management with a minor in marketing in 2017. She has interned with Sassy Cow Creamery, FLM + Advertising Agency, and Land O' Lakes Inc. 

Sometimes you really can cry over spilled milk. Why we're on the verge of a trade war with Canada over milk. Marin Bozic featured. 

The merger of three major agricultural lenders in the Upper Midwest is raising questions about how big is too big when it comes to the Farm Credit System. Some also are worried the consolidated companies will ignore small and beginning farmers and siphon business away from commercial banks.

We are living in the midst of an unparalleled human migration from the farm to the city, one that is so massive, it may be hard to see. Dr. Phil Pardey discusses the trend in National Geographic.

Professor Marc Bellemare discusses how the spread of exotic grains is proof that globalisation works.

Congratulations to all of our students who were placed on the Dean's List for 2016 Fall Semester!

Professor Lazarus Tracks Trends in the Minnesota Farmland Market

The 10 percent of disadvantaged children in Vietnam do better than the average American child. The very strong performance by Vietnamese teens, including those from low-income families, in a recent global education survey has left experts worldwide scratching their heads. Professor Paul Glewwe comments.

The Randolph-based dairy farm was awarded "Minnesota Producer of the Year."

Genetically engineered Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and Roundup Ready soybean were made commercially available in the United States in 1996. Nearly two decades later it is now evident how this new technology disrupted developments in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and precision agriculture with something that increasingly looks like what IPM and precision agriculture were conceived to replace—one-size-fits-all, prophylactic crop management. - See more at:

The Margin Protection Program for dairy producers has endured a rough first two years in existence.

Dairy economist Marin Bozic broke down the disappointment surrounding the program and ideas for adjusting it Nov. 30 at the Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo in St. Cloud.

Even with expected surplus, Minnesota should proceed with fiscal caution. Size of new budget forecast puts damper on spending and tax-relief ideas.

Assistant or Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Farm Management,Department of Applied Economics

Applied Economics alum Erik Nelson, now applied economist at Bowdoin College, and lead author find surprising results when studying globalization and it's impact on what we grow and eat. Professor Steve Polasky comments.

Bayer Buys In to Monsanto’s Vision of High-Tech Agriculture. Will the proposed deal help feed the world, or will it just cut investment in farm R&D?

Quoted, Prof Phil Pardey

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.  Assistant Professor Jason Kerwin comments in an interview with Shankar Vedantam.

The University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences just had quite the harvest. The CHS Foundation, the charitable arm of CHS Inc., recently announced it's awarding the school a $3.44 million grant — the largest ever by the foundation.

Applied Economics alum, Klaus W. Deininger was named as one of four Fellows in 2016 by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

The U.S. is sitting on a cheese mountain. Stockpiles are at a record. Marin Bozic comments in this article on Bloomberg. 

Reports are circulating that America’s avocado obsession is driving deforestation in Mexico. But are food trends in rich countries really a threat to the developing world? Research by Marc Bellemare is highlighted and discussed.

A nearly $5 million state investment in agricultural productivity at the University of Minnesota will be used this year to hire scientists and improve infrastructure across seven areas of collaboration spanning three U of M colleges and at research and outreach and Extension sites across the state.

Applied Economics alumni, Shefali Mehta, has been named Vice Chair of Pheasants Forever and Quails Forever National Board

CIFAP Call for Proposals

Phil Pardey, Professor in Applied Economics and Director of the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center (InSTePP) named one of 2015 AAAS Fellows.

Applied Economics Students Make the Dean's List

Applied Economics alumnus Michael V. Martin will receive the U of M's prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award

ApEc alumnus Robert Johannson recently named Chief Economist for the USDA

Bellemare succeeded Terry Roe as Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) on July 1st.