The major objective of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is to develop and maintain recognized programs which create and transmit knowledge to students, farm and resource managers, other agribusiness managers, policy-makers, rural community leaders, and citizens who make decisions about the efficient uses of resources in agriculture; its related industries and the effects of those resource allocations on the well-being of society.

The specific objectives of the department are:

•    To provide students with a broad educational background which, in addition to emphasizing agricultural and social sciences, gives an appreciation of agriculture’s role in generating economic growth and development and improving society.
•    To prepare domestic and international students for careers as professional agricultural and resource economists in research, teaching, extension, agricultural businesses, industries related to agriculture, and public agencies.
•    To prepare people enrolled in agricultural and resource economics courses to contribute to public policy formulation through their own personal development as informed citizens.