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

Olivera Jankovska CALS Award 2018
AAEC Alumna Olivera Jankovska took home awards for Outstanding Recent Graduate Alumna at both the department and college level.

VT Ag Econ Contacts 

Matthew Holt
Department Head 

Mike Ellerbrock 
Undergraduate Director

Klaus Moeltner
Gradaute Director

Katie White
Undergraduate Advisor

Normand Adams
Graduate Coordinator

Jim Pease
Extension Program Leader 


AAEC: By the Numbers

  • Faculty: 29
  • Undergraduate Students: 280
  • Graduate Students: 39