Agricultural economics is an applied social science showing how firms allocate scarce
resources to produce food, fiber and other products, and distribute them over time,
place and form.
Why agricultural economics at OSU?
A major in agricultural economics will help you develop the business and economics
skills you need to be a leader in agriculture or in many other related industries.
You can gain an understanding of how to analyze the big-picture issues related to
agricultural, food or natural resource policies; rural or community development; or
environmental and natural resource economics.
annually awarded by the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics
“Before coming to OSU, I had a clear path determined of what I thought I
wanted to do. But once I got here, I realized my passions and found my home in the
Department of Agricultural Economics … When I came on a visit, it just felt like home…
Everyone was a family and I felt so welcome.”
- Kassidy Bliss Halstead, Kansas
Students receive a hands-on education including job shadowing, development of economic
models, interviews with department alumni and real-world project experience such as
farm real estate appraisal and marketing feasibility of products for a real firm.
Agricultural Economics partnered with China Agricultural University (CAU) in 2011
to provide students the opportunity to study and benefit from the academic and cultural
environment of both institutions. CAU students may obtain a degree from both institutions.
From students who represent us nationally as Truman Scholars, to those who are recognized
at the university level as Top Freshmen Men and Women, OSU Seniors of Significance
and Outstanding Seniors and CASNR Seniors of Distinction, the accomplishments of our
students are known beyond the department.