In the News

OSU's Department of Applied Economics has been named one of the top 10 online economics degrees for 2021 by Best Value Schools!!

Professor Bill Jaeger, an expert on environmental, resource and agricultural policy issues, has been featured recently discussing the current water crisis in Oregon's Klamath Basin. 

KGW, Portland's NBC affiliate, and KTVL, Medford's CBS affiliate, both recently interviewed Professor Jeff Reimer on his research on the increase in lumber prices happening now nationwide. ⁠

We are highlighting our graduate students in the Graduate Student Spotlight series. Today you can meet Nathaniel Trull, a fourth-year student in the Applied Economics Ph.D. program originally from Brazil, Indiana. 

We are highlighting some of our graduate students in a series we call Graduate Student Spotlight. Next up is Rusty Dame, a third-year student in the Applied Economics Ph.D. program originally from West Palm Beach, FL. 

Professor Steve Dundas was on the American Shoreline Podcast to talk about his use of applied economics to model the potential future armoring of private property on the Oregon coast. Steve discusses the current armoring situation on the Oregon...

Professor Kassahun Melesse recently (11/19/20) wrote an article for Foreign Policy magazine entitled "Tigray’s War Against Ethiopia Isn’t About Autonomy. It’s About Economic Power."⁠

AEC PhD student Thamanna Vasan recently led a team of interns from Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University as a Data Science for the Public Good graduate fellow and mentor. ⁠

James Sterns has just been selected to receive the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Choices Article Award for “Is the Emerging U.S. Hemp Industry Yet Another Boom–Bust Market for U.S. Farmers?”!⁠

Oregon Farm

Forbes Magazine has an article about a new paper on digital agriculture by Professor John Antle, along with Bruno Basso from Michigan State University, that was recently published in the journal Nature Sustainability. ⁠

The Applied Economics Graduate Program at Oregon State University invites applications from African and African American students for its Laurels Graduate Research Assistantship. The successful applicant will be awarded a Graduate Research...

Oregon River

We are recruiting a M.S. student for a Graduate Assistant position for a project focused on advancing sustainable groundwater use and evaluating tradeoffs where groundwater resources are being depleted. A challenging obstacle to sustainable...

Congratulations to Kourtney Lehman, an agricultural business management major in our department, who was just elected national secretary at the National FFA Convention & Expo held in Indianapolis, IN.


We are proud to announce that our Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) major and our graduate Applied Economics program were both named STEM designated degree programs this week!⁠

Another casualty of climate change will likely be shoreline recreational fishing, according to new research from Assistant Professor Steve Dundas in Applied Economics at OSU, along with colleagues at...

Marion Berries

As of July 2019, the undergraduate ABM (Agricultural Business Management) major is now known as the AFBM (Agricultural and Food Business Management) major!

The Department of Applied Economics held its annual Undergraduate Recognition Luncheon on May 3, 2019 to bestow awards and scholarships to our current undergraduate students. 

The following students were recognized:

The Intro to Food Systems course (AGRI 411/511) offered through OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences received the nationally-recognized Quality Matters Certification Mark for meeting course design standards in an Official Quality Matters peer revie

A number of our current and former Ph.D. students (Jason Beasley, An Li, Yukiko Hashida, and Dan Bigelow) have recently accepted faculty teaching positions.

The Agricultural Law course (AEC 388) offered through OSU’s Department of Applied Economics received the nationally-recognized Quality Matters Certification Mark for meeting course design standards in an Official Quality Matters peer review.

Associate Professor James Sterns was recently featured in an Extension Service video about his work with the Oregon Wine Research Institute.

Shea Booster, an agricultural business management major at Oregon State University, was elected western region vice president at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Booster, a graduate of Mountain View High School in Bend, was pre

OSU Applied Economics Department Head Jennifer Alix-Garcia, along with Emily Sellars from Yale University, recently published “Labor scarcity, land tenure, and historical legacy: Evidence from Mexico” in the Journal of Development Economics.

Do you find coffee too bitter, and red wines unpleasant? You might be a supertaster! In an example of experimental research, Assistant Professor in Applied Economics department Nadia A. Streletskaya and co-authors investigate how supertasters...

REAL OREGON is a leadership program that brings future leaders from agriculture, fishing, and forestry together to learn leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of Oregon through a series of statewide s

IIFET’s Executive Committee has named Dr. Rebecca Lent to receive the Distinguished Service Award at its upcoming conference, IIFET 2018 Seattle, where she will present a keynote address. Dr.

NOAA has recently awarded OSU and the Pacific Shellfish Institute a federal grant to assess the vulnerability of shellfish growers, consumers and other stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest to ocean acidification (OA) using a multidisciplinary...

Secota Douglas, a native of Guyana who earned a B.S.

We are saddened to pass along the news that Emeritus Professor Emery N. Castle passed away on October 31, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Professor Bill Jaeger, along with Professor Christian Langpap, former PhD student Dan Bigelow, and former faculty member Andrew Plantinga and others, recently published a study titled “Finding Water Scarcity Amid Abundance Using Human-Natural...

At this year’s annual meeting of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, Dr.

The College of Agricultural Sciences annually acknowledges the significant contributions of our distinguished alumni through the Legacy Award.

One of the most prestigious awards given by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences is the Hall of Fame Award.

Opportunity Blvd meets Career Dr
On October 12, at 2:00 pm in Ballard 200C, our esteemed alumni, Mary Ahearn (ERS), Rebecca Lent (Marine Mammal Commission), and Sharon Kelly, join us for a conversation about life in Applied Economics after AEC. All are welcome!

The College of Agricultural Sciences annually honors people whose lifetime contributions to agriculture, natural resources, and the people of Oregon and/or Oregon State University have been significant.

Jen Alix-Garcia

The department welcomed our new Head today--Jennifer Alix-Garcia. She comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The new University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Tim Cross spent 11 years at Oregon State University as assistant professor of agricultural and resources economics and as an instructor. He left in 1994.

Larry Lev

The Cascadia Grains Conference held in Olympia, WA brought together farmers, processors and end‐users, as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington...

Congratulations to Cassie Finer, Yukiko Hashida, and Roshan Adhikari, AEC graduate students who this year have successfully competed for external funding for their dissertation research.

We would like to congratulate the recipients of the AY2017-18 AEC graduate scholarships and fellowships!

AY2016-2017 AEC graduate scholarships

Students are, from left to right,  Bennett Wahl, Andrew Miles, Tess O’Leary, Rich Manuli, Elaine Jordan and Roz Patrick

Six undergraduate students from the Department of Applied Economics recently attended the national meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  Bennett Wahl, Andrew Miles, Tess O’Leary, Rich Manuli, Elaine Jordan and Roz...

Mallory Rahe

Mallory Rahe enjoys thinking about how to build wealth in rural communities. The traditional approach to rural economic development has focused on what the community is lacking and developing financial capital.

Corvallis is the most alternative-transportation friendly community in the State and the percent of Corvallis residents that have health insurance is above the state average, according to NerdWallet.

OSU makes top 10 Ag & Forestry university list according to QS World University Rankings of approximately 200 top institutions for agriculture and forestry worldwide.

Laurie Houston, Susan Capalbo & John Antle discuss Using Big Data to Inform Agricultural Decisions on the AGree Transforming Food and Ag Policy blog.