Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Business

Welcome to Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

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One in five workers is employed in the food and fiber sector of the U.S. economy. A major in agricultural economics and agricultural business provides flexibility to students with diverse career interests. Our faculty is dedicated to providing knowledge and information and preparing students for the challenging world of increasingly global and information-driven agriculture, food companies and markets, and environmental and natural resource management agencies. AgEcon and AgBusiness majors are also in demand by companies and agencies outside the food and fiber sector. Our alumni have found excellent business, and academic career choices and competitive salaries.

Please explore our website to learn about the many talented people and the variety of academic, research, and extension programs that we have to offer.

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About Us

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business including Extension Economics (AEAB) has a long and proud history. Since 1925, the year when the Agricultural Economics Department was formed, faculty members have conducted various Research and Extension activities to address the different economic, environmental, social and technological issues in the agricultural sector and rural communities that enable or inhibit agricultural and agribusiness development. Many of the faculty members have international expertise and several have worked in agricultural sector development projects in the countries of South Western Asia and Middle East such as Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.

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The AEAB Department consists of 14 faculty members, 12 Co-op Extension Service members, and 5 staff members. Currently, the Department offers: 2 B.S. degrees, 4 M.S. degrees and 2 Doctoral degree programs: a Doctor of Economic Development and Doctor of Philosophy in Water Science & Management with several options within these degrees.

Many outstanding students from New Mexico, the surrounding states, across the country and around the world study here.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, 178 students were enrolled in the AgEcon and AgBusiness programs: 141 undergraduate students (including 21 freshman students) pursuing the Bachelor Degree Program, and 37 graduate students, including 15 students pursuing the Master Degree Program and 18 students pursuing the Doctoral Degree (DED) Program joint with Economics, Applied Statistics & International Business Department.

Our Mission

The 21st century presents many challenges and opportunities concerning our agricultural, natural, and human resources.

Enhancing the well being of the citizens of New Mexico, the nation, and the world through excellence in teaching, research, and extension programs, our mission includes the following cornerstones:

EDUCATION - We focus on students' futures by enhancing their capacity to reason analytically, critically, and creatively, and by preparing them to function as effective, ethical professionals;

RESEARCH - We design and conduct research that improves society's capacity to develop and manage its resources efficiently, fairly, and sustainably;

EXTENSION - We serve the public by providing objective, timely, and relevant information to address the broad interests of the community.

Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
Gerald Thomas Hall Room 387
MSC 3169 NMSU, P.O. Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-3215
Fax: 575-646-3808

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