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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.

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Ag Econ Contacts

Matthew Holt
Department Head 

Mike Ellerbrock 
Undergraduate Director

Klaus Moeltner
Gradaute Director

John Bovay
Extension Coordinator

Katie White
Undergraduate Advisor

Normand Adams
Graduate Coordinator

Jennifer Shelton
Program Support

Jillian Broadwell
Communications Specialist

AAEC Student Ambassadors

More Ag Econ contacts

AAEC: By the Numbers

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