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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Ph.D. student, Elizabeth Chishimba-Musonda is part of an interdisciplinary research team working on a bee-friendly beef project.

The objectives are to create biodiverse grazing systems by integrating wildflowers and/or native grasses into tall fescue-dominated grazing systems. Elizabeth is also studying consumers' willingness to pay for beef with pollinator-friendly attributes.

Bees in a wildflower field

In the spotlight

student at a career fair

AAEC hosts Career Fair on October 26, 2022!

Open to all students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Meet employers interested in hiring for internships, part-time opportunities, and/or full-time positions. Employers and students learn more

Apply or schedule a visit

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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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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