Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC)

Inspired by the land-grant mission to teach, conduct research, and share findings, the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics exemplifies the University's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Actively pursuing these tenants, faculty and students serve each other, Virginia industry and government, as well as the global community. We invite you to join AAEC as we solve today's economic problems and champion tomorrow's leaders.

Experientially-focused undergraduate program and graduate program with both M.S. and Ph.D. tracks that emphasize solving world-relevant issues.

Undergraduate and graduate research that tackles today's agribusiness, environmental, food and health, development, and trade challenges.

Extension programs that help meet economic, infrastructural, and educational needs of Virginia residents through education and collaboration.

AAEC Undergraduate Program


AAEC Graduate Program


Six elementary students eat breakfast in a school cafeteria.
Insufficient student breakfast time makes it hard for many low income students to eat a healthy breakfast, but adding 10 minutes to breakfast time can significantly increase student breakfast consumption. Photo credit: USDA

Ag Econ Contacts

Matthew Holt
Department Head 
540-231-2609

Mike Ellerbrock 
Undergraduate Director

Klaus Moeltner
Gradaute Director

Katie White
Undergraduate Advisor
540-231-6846
katiewhite@vt.edu

Normand Adams
Graduate Coordinator
nadams10@vt.edu

Jim Pease
Extension Program Leader 
540-231-5850
peasej@vt.edu

Other people of Ag Econ

AAEC: By the Numbers

  • Faculty: 29
  • Undergraduate Students: 250
  • Graduate Students: 34