The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Wisconsin
was the first established in the United States. Farm management,
marketing, and land economics were early areas of concentration. An international
dimension evolved in the 1920s, when faculty organized regular seminars
on international land tenure problems.
Today, the department boasts many contributions to the profession. Among
its alumni is the largest group of Fellows elected by the American Agricultural
Economics Association. Its faculty are regularly called upon to assist
with major public policy decisions, such as the 1996 Farm Bill. Through
the University of Wisconsin Extension service, the faculty work on applied
problems as various as school finance reform, the impact of trade agreements
on local economies, and milk pricing and dairy policy. Grants from the
National Science Foundation, USDA, the MacArthur and Ford Foundations,
the World Bank, the United States Forest Service, the Sea Grant Institute
and USAID have supported faculty research in recent years, often with
graduate student collaboration.