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Despite Congress reaching an agreement this week to end the federal shutdown, the agricultural industry in Texas is still feeling its effects. The suspension of some $3 billion worth of federal loans due to the U.S. government shutdown forced some cotton farmers to turn to commercial banks for aid, boosting costs and further complicating the [...]
A longtime expert in agricultural finance, natural resource economics and farm management has been named the chairman of Texas Tech University’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Phillip Johnson, a professor and director of the university’s Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute, stepped into his new post on Sept. 1, officials report. “It is an honor to [...]
After a 20-year career in real estate, Texas Tech University alumna Andrea Hance had a change of heart. A 1992 graduate of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Hance and her husband started a shrimp business in 2008. Four years later, she recently was named executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association. “My husband’s [...]
U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs, according to a report in USA Today. Agribusinesses have been working for years to shed their stodgy and outdated [...]
Founded in 1927, the Department Of Agricultural And Applied Economics delivers an integrated program of teaching, research, and service that considers state, national, and international dimensions. We're concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of both agricultural and non-agricultural goods and services. Agricultural and applied economists are decision-makers in businesses that supply agricultural inputs, credit, services, and process and distribute agricultural products to final consumers.
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The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is a community of more than 400 individuals, all of whom share a common passion. We have 23 faculty members among our ranks, 39 graduate students, 350 undergraduate students. Among our goals is to develop your ability to think independently and to learn how to apply economic principles in their decisions. Led by a talented departmental faculty, coursework encompasses practical applications of economics, business management, accounting, mathematics, technical writing, public speaking, statistics, and agribusiness systems, among other subjects.