AEC/AFRE History

The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics enjoys a rich history at Michigan State University.  Faculty at MSU began publishing on topics related to the discipline in 1898, and the first course was offered in 1906. Agricultural Economics faculty initially worked in a section of the Economics Department. In 1949 the standalone Department of Agricultural Economics (AEC) was formed through the joining of faculty from the Economics Department section with those in the Farm Management Unit in the College of Agriculture.  In 2008 the AEC Department modified its name to the present form, Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) to more fully reflect the breadth of topics addressed in its work. View profiles/online information about AEC/AFRE Emeritus and Former faculty and related pages about the Departmental role in historical international leadership at MSU and important AEC/AFRE historical publications series.

2015 AFRE Historical Reviews - The AFRE annual faculty meeting on May 15, 2015 served as kick-off discussion point for a series of Departmental mini historical reviews:

Additional Historical Resources – Read more about some of AEC/AFRE’s early developments and people in the following downloadable resources:

Other Insightful Documents and Websites Focused on MSU and East Lansing History