About the Department

The Department of Agricultural Economics has a rich tradition of services to agriculture and related fields, dating back more than 85 years. Throughout this period, the Department has developed a reputation of excellence in all three functions of its land-grant mission, teaching, research, and extension outreach. Today, the Department maintains large and diverse programs in undergraduate instruction and graduate instruction, as well as research and extension outreach.

Our undergraduate program in the Department of Agricultural Economics has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching, advising, and commitment to students. The department offers a B.S. in Agribusiness and a B.S. in Agriculture with a major in Agricultural Economics. Currently, over 250 students are enrolled in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics degrees. Our graduates enter the job market with a full set of skills that allow them to apply for jobs anywhere in the world. In 2009, more than 90% of our graduates were placed in jobs within the field and have average starting salaries of $38,750.



The Department of Agricultural Economics offers a Master of Agribusiness (MAB), Master of Agricultural Economics (MS) or Doctorate of Economics (Ph.D.). More than 90 graduate students are enrolled. The  2½-year MAB is the first distance education agribusiness master’s program in the U.S., allowing agribusiness professionals to pursue a graduate degree while maintaining full-time employment. The MAB program emphasizes the application of economic and agribusiness management concepts in food and agricultural business situations. The MS program stresses the application of economic theory and quantitative analysis in agriculturally related areas. Students may select from a variety of specialties and may complete either a thesis or non-thesis option. The Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct quantitative economic research and analysis of managerial and policy questions.


The Department of Agricultural Economics has an active research program which addresses a variety of topics. The diversity of agricultural economic, agribusiness, and rural economic development issues within the state of Kansas provides a wide array of research activities. Research programs in the Department are funded primarily through the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. External grants and contracts also provide a major source of research program support and are secured from state commodity commissions, state agencies, federal agencies, and private foundations.



The Department of Agricultural Economics conducts an active outreach program to provide information and education on issues of significance to agriculture and rural areas in Kansas. All of the Department’s extension and outreach information are housed at http://www.agmanager.info website. This easy-to-navigate system allows users to get the latest information and tools for their competitive businesses. The Department’s outreach program is one of the largest Agricultural Economics Extension programs in the U.S. and includes 12 state specialists, 2 area specialists, and 20 Kansas Farm Management Association Economists.


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