The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is a dynamic group of faculty that excel in teaching, research, and outreach activities that positively impact the lives of students, professional colleagues, citizens of the state and the nation, and society. We use state-of-the-art tools and techniques as we work on some of the most important problems facing people all over the world. We collaborate with faculty across our campus and with scientists in varied institutions across the country and in every corner of the globe. As a result, our students get a global perspective of how to solve economic problems of any scale.
We are known as great teachers that enjoy working with students. Our award-winning faculty members believe in experiential learning and provide all of our students with opportunities to “learn by doing” beyond the classroom. This approach enhances the learning process, but it also blends in research activities that enable our students, undergraduate and graduate, to apply the knowledge and skills they are acquiring to real problems of real firms and organizations throughout their college years.
The research interests of our faculty include projects aimed at decision-making at the household, firm, local, regional, national, and international levels. These research efforts are supported by grant funding from varied sources, thus enabling us to support the research activities of our graduate students.
Our department’s education and research programs support our outreach efforts conducted through the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and Virginia Tech’s Agricultural Experiment Station. As the main Land Grant university for the state, Virginia Tech has diverse programs designed to improve the lives and well-being of citizens and society as a whole, and our department plays an important role in those programs by adding economic and policy expertise.
We invite you to join us as we “invent the future.”
Department Head and Professor
Kurt Stephenson, Undergraduate Director
Contact: Undergraduate Coordinator
Frenda Haynie 540-231-6846
George Davis, Graduate Director
Contact: Graduate Coordinator
Ashley Clark 540-231-0913