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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics


We create impact with our expertise in applied economics and agribusiness principles to help address the food, financial, health, development, policy, environmental, and social needs in Virginia and around the world.

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Nearly 100 years in education


Nearly 2,500 alumni


Ranked top 10%



Matt Holt Head Shot

We bid farewell to Matt Holt, as he transitions to his new role as dean of Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences on September 1, 2024.

Matt's impact as department head and professor will be dearly missed by faculty, staff, students, colleagues, the university, and the community.

Effective July 31, 2024, George Davis, currently an associate department head and professor, will step in as the interim department head.  

In the news

AAEC partners with Roanoke College. The newly formed partnership delivers a pathway for students to take advantage of an accelerated 4+1 undergraduate/graduate program in the department. > Press release

Upcoming events

  •  July 28-30, 2024: AAEA Annual Meeting
  • August 21 and 22, 2024 Extension event: Nelson County, two-day event with three farm tours and classroom-style presentations; primarily for Extension agents.
  • September 17: Alumni Brews & Business Happy Hour in Tysons, VA
  • October 1, 2024: CALS Fall Career Fair
  • December 8-10, 2024: International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC)