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.

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates!

Abagail Catania, ABM '19, was recognized as a notable graduate by UW, thanks to her work on a scholarship to help promote diverse representation in agricultural studies. Congratulations, Abbi! We're proud of you and all of our AAE grads.

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Spend your summer with AAE

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.

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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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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  • Department Seminar
    Friday, September 6, 2019
    Mark Borgschulte, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, September 20, 2019
    Cesi Cruz, University of British Columbia
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, September 27, 2019
    Morgan Hardy, NYU Abu Dhabi
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    Koichiro Ito, University of Chicago
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    Nathan Hendricks, Kansas State University
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, October 25, 2019
    Miri Stryjan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, November 1, 2019
    Priya Mukherjee, College of William and Mary
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

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