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Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural economics applies the principles of economics to the production of crops, livestock and other agricultural areas. It focuses on creating a business mindset, while providing students with hands on and real world experiences. Students gain valuable management skills that they can apply to a variety of areas within the agricultural industry.

According to the USDA, nearly half of job opportunities through the year 2020 for graduates in agriculture, food, natural resources and the environment will be positions in management and business (source). Majoring in agricultural business, agricultural studies and agricultural marketing communications will help students capitalize on those opportunities.

The department is the academic home of three majors:


Brenda BoetelWelcome and thank you for visiting the Agricultural Economics Department where we have a strong tradition of rigorous, dedicated teaching that extends back decades. The following are a few of our faculty accomplishments:

  • Four have been honored as UWRF distinguished teachers.
  • Two have been selected as the academic adviser of the year.
  • One was the recipient of the first Wurtz Teaching Excellence award, which recognizes innovation in the classroom.
  • One was a Regent’s Teaching Professor, the highest award for teaching in the University of Wisconsin System.

When you combine great teaching with talented students, the results are impressive. Each year the campus selects a distinguished alumnus. Since 2003, four of these individuals have been graduates of our program and three have been Chancellor’s Award recipients. If you are a student considering a degree in agricultural business, agricultural studies, or agricultural marketing communications at UW-River Falls, I can assure you that you will get a great education with a unique opportunity to stand out amongst your peers.

Our curriculum offers hands on experience and our faculty are very helpful in connecting students with internship and employment opportunities. With hard work and initiative, you will become a productive and highly valued employee upon graduation.

If you have any questions about the department or would like a tour, please feel free to contact me or our departmental office. We look forward to assisting you and we wish you well in your educational endeavors.


Dr. Brenda Boetel

101 Agricultural Science

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Agricultural Economics
171 Ag Engineering Annex
611 S. 3rd Street
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