University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED)

FREDWe appreciate your interest in our department. If you are a student interested in pursuing a degree from the Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED), please feel free to browse our Graduate and Undergraduate information. Need information about a FRED faculty or staff member? The FRED directory can provide assistance.

FRED is a part of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) and one of 21 departments in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) located at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Our interim chair is Dr. Rod Clouser.

FRED departmental programs reflect the diversity of Florida's agriculture which has more than 50 major commodities. The Department has 32 faculty members involved in a full range of research, extension, and teaching programs. More...

News and Events




The Food and Resource Economics Department present the 2014-2015 Seminar Series.

Friday, October 10, 2014
10:00-11:00 AM
Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University
"Am I getting a Good Deal? Reference-Dependent Decision Making when the Reference Price is Uncertain"
Click HERE for announcement

Friday, November 14, 2014
9:45-10:45 AM
1151 McCarty A
Wuhang Hu, University of Kentucky
Title: "Has the Time Arrived for Online Consumer Surveys: A Comparison of an Online Survey to a Traditional Mailed Survey"
Click HERE for announcement.

Friday March 13, 2015
10:00-11:00 AM
Kelly Cobourn, Virginia Tech University
Topic: TBA

Friday November 7, 2014
10:00-11:00 AM
Barry Goodwin, North Carolina State University



The Food and Resource Economics Department is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-15 FRE Scholarships. Twenty-three students from our graduate and undergraduate programs were selected to receive scholarships from twelve available funds and totaled over $59,000.00. We are proud to work with and support these outstanding scholars and our donors make these scholarships possible. For full list of winners please click HERE

FRE Welcomes Ariel Singerman


The Food and Resource Economics Department welcomes Ariel Singerman to the department as an Assistant Professor, Citrus and Specialty Crops Extension Economist. He will be stationed at the Citrus Research Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida. Dr. Singerman holds a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University and his fields of interest include Agricultural Economics and Applied Econometrics, with expertise in farm and risk management, policy analysis and crop insurance. You can reach Dr. Singerman at:

700 Experiment Station Rd.
Citrus Research Education Center
Lake Alfred, FL 32850

FRE QUIZ Bowl Earns 3rd and 4th Place at AAEA


Congratulations to the 2014 Quiz Bowl team who have earned 3rd and 4th place honors at the National Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Quiz Bowl completion in Minneapolis! As you know, these students practice throughout the year, including summers. They and their faculty coaches, Dr. Lisa House and Dr. Maria Bampasidou, are to be commended for giving their all. It takes a lot of energy, determination, perseverance and butterflies in the stomach to compete in this prestigious tournament. Our students were excellent representatives of FRE, CALS and the University of Florida.

If you are on Facebook, check out these two pages for pics of the team:
Food and Resource Economics Dept. at UF-Undergraduate page
Florida National Agri-Marketing Association Chapter