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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

The only student-managed commodity fund of its kind in the United States celebrates 10 years

Under the direction of Olga Isengildina Massa, AAEC professor, the group has grown to over 40 members, increased its portfolio to over $1.2 million, and includes three faculty advisors, 14 commodities, and a quantitative research division. Recently Massa was named the John B. and Kristi L. Rowsell Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The professorship is established by John and Kristi Rowsell, both alumni of the department, to support faculty leadership of the program.

Adeline Douglas (Addie Guthrie), ‘17, pictured left is with Sara Wynkoop, sugar analyst. Photo courtesy of Katie McGroddy ’21.

Adeline Douglas (Addie Guthrie), ‘17, pictured left is with Sara Wynkoop, sugar analyst. Photo courtesy of Katie McGroddy ’21.

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Learn about our undergraduate and graduate programs: Our faculty and graduates have expertise in applied economics and agribusiness principles that address the food, financial, health, development, policy, environmental, and social needs in Virginia and beyond. Our graduates are sought after and see real earnings after graduating!

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WHAT CAN I STUDY IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS?

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Student Ambassadors

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, our ambassadors take on this role to serve! From answering questions about AAEC classes, inquiries about campus, and hosting prospective students and families visiting campus for the department. These students help students feel reassured and welcomed and assist faculty and staff with student body needs. 

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