In the News

Orchard View Farms produces cherries and pears in The Dalles in the Columbia River Gorge. (Oregon Department of Agriculture)

The estimated value of Oregon farmland increased by $10.7 billion between 2017 and 2022, according to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture

People who leave meat processing jobs are turning to work with lower paychecks, said Timothy Delbridge, OSU assistant professor of applied economics.

Following a comprehensive search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Dr. Lauren Gwin as its new Director of the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems (SFCFS).

Trout and a pile of money on fire
The research, led by William Jaeger from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, analyzed 50 years of data.

Samuel Bell

Following an exhaustive internal search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Dr. Samuel Bell as the Director of the Sustainability Program.

Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Steve Dundas, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

The findings, published in Land Economics, counter a common news media refrain that geotagged posts on social media are “ruining the great outdoors,” said Steve Dundas and Ashley Lowe Mackenzie of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Our colleague worked as a Professor in our department since 1983. Please enjoy this tribute from his many friends, co-workers, and students.

Congratulations to Professor Steve Dundas, part of a transdisciplinary team that recently won an OSU Team Engagement Award of Excellence at the OSU Engagement Conference. ⁠ ⁠

Work from our faculty members Steve Dundas and Dave Lewis and recent PhD alums Jason Beasley and Yukiko Hashida are cited in the 2023 Economic Report of the President. ⁠

Responding to an industry need, Oregon State University Extension Service welcomed two new agricultural economists in 2022.

A paper from Professor Nadia Streletskaya (and others) was just published in the journal Food Quality and Preference. ⁠The paper, entitled "How information leads consumers to select specialty foods when tasting is not an option," evaluated how...

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University named Dr. Jeff Reimer as the interim department head for Applied Economics, effective September 1, 2022.

Dave Lewis

Professor Dave Lewis was just named as the second holder of the Emery Castle Chair in Resource and Rural Economics! Congratulations to Dave!!

Professor Steve Dundas was interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio regarding the economic benefits associate with tidal wetland restoration in Tillamook Bay.

Our PhD student Alejandro Abarca has just gotten a grant to study the effects of police interventions on crime in Costa Rica. 

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. 

Rusty Dame

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?”!⁠

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...

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...

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

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

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 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.