Welcome to Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
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.
The AEAB Department consists of 14 faculty members, 12 Co-op Extension Service members, and 3 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.
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 the Middle East such as Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.
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.
Do you want to...
Take classes with award-winning faculty?
Compete in national agri-marketing competitions?
Develop entrepreneurial skills related to agricultural business?
Return to production agriculture with enhanced farm/ranch management skills?
These and many other career and learning opportunities await you!
Departmental Student Services Center
Students are also invited to visit the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Student Services Center that maintains copies of all undergraduate student records and is located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 379. The administrative assistant in the Departmental Student Services Center and full-time staff member, Irma Marshall, handles correspondence, files, checks degrees, and all relevant items for undergraduate and graduate students. The Center provides students with a central place to get help without having to make an appointment.