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What is agricultural economics?

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?

Studying agricultural economics will help you develop the business and economics skills to be a leader in agriculture or other related industries. You'll learn 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.

Career paths


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics


Student spotlight

ag econ major Kassidy B.

“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.

Fast fact

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.

Outstanding scholars

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.

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