Economics for the real world

Deep historical roots.

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was the first such specialized department in the world. Growing from its original focus on issues of land, forests and farm management, the department is continually evolving to address the needs of students, the state of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

Ready for the future.

With research, teaching, and outreach focused on environmental and resource economics, agricultural economics, international development, and community economic development, our faculty’s work addresses some of the world’s most pressing current problems. As one of the top departments in the country, the future of AAE is brighter than ever.

Help us honor AAE legends

Consider a gift to our newly launched Truman Graf/Frank Groves Memorial Fund. The first $2000 in donations will be matched, so it's time to stretch your dollars. This fund will support important infrastructure for the department.

The Decline of Family Farms

AAE Professor Paul Mitchell was recently interviewed by NBC Nightly News about the decline of family farms in the dairy industry. A long period of low prices, combined with high production, is driving many small farmers out of the business for good.

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Spend your summer with AAE

We promise, summer is coming! The terrace chairs will be back soon, but now is the perfect time to register for AAE summer courses. We are offering a variety of courses, so make your summer count by earning a few credits.

Giving back before she even leaves

ABM major Abagail Catania won't be getting her diploma until May, but she is already supporting students of color in the major through the Abagail Catania Agricultural and Applied Economics/Agricultural Business Management Diversity Scholarship.

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REDA accepting applications for Fall 2019

Interested in gaining data analysis skills that will prepare you for a career in the energy industry? Then the Master's in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis is for you. Apply by January 15 for scholarship consideration.

AAE offers new Professional Master's Degree option

We are now accepting applications for Fall '19 admission to our new professional master's program. The program prepares students to enter the workforce in both the US and abroad in data-intensive and quantitatively focused jobs.

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