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The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees, continuing a tradition of excellence started over 100 years ago. Students and faculty in the department:  

  • Develop policy solutions and extension/outreach programs for reducing poverty, hunger, and natural resource degradation
  • Manage food & resource businesses in a global setting
  • Partner with bio-physical and social scientists to evaluate new production and policy approaches
  • Add to the knowledge base of theory and methods.

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The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics offers bachelor’s degrees in: Agribusiness Management, Environmental Economics and Management, Food Industry Managment. We also offer minors in Agribusiness Management, Enivronmental Economics and Food Industry Management.

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The department offers internationally acclaimed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics as well as dual degree options. The Ph.D. fields of study are: Development Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Food & Agribusiness Management, and Food & Agribusiness Markets. M.S. students study courses in the same areas, but do not select a major field. There are also offerings in Regional Development and Policy, as well as other graduate specializations.

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  • MSU names Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics chairperson

    Titus O. Awokuse has been named chairperson of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University. His appointment was effective August 17.


  • MSU Case Study Team takes first at international competition

    The Michigan State University (MSU) Case Study Team took first place at this year’s International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) Global Student Case Competition. The competition is part of IFAMA’s Annual World Symposium and Forum. This year’s event took place in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 14‒17. The world’s top food and agribusiness graduate students representing 20 teams from across the globe were in attendance.


  • Seeking Specialist, Advisor for MSU Agricultural, Food, & Resource Economics

    Specialist, Advisor (Continuing System)

    Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, MI

  • AFRE professor emeritus authors book

    The FAO and the African Development Bank just released Agricultural Growth in West Africa: Market and Policy Drivers, a book by Frank Hollinger and John Staatz that analyzes the forces shaping agrifood system development in West Africa and their implications for agricultural and food policies, especially in the context of CAADP.


  • Undergraduate research opportunity takes CANR student to Malawi

    Claire Jordan wants to change the world. And this summer, she begins her journey to “leave the world a better place” starting in Malawi.


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