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Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED)

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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


FRE Welcomes Derek Farnsworth


The Food and Resource Economics Department welcomes our newest Assistant Professor, Derek Farnsworth to the department. Derek received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis with a specialty in Agricultural Economics and joined FRE on July 1st. He will be teaching courses in agribusiness marketing, finance, or management and developing an extension program in the area of agribusiness marketing/management.

Welcome aboard, Derek!

Derek Farnsworth 1109 McCarty B

Dr. Kelly Grogan Receives Early Career Professional Leadership Award


The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) is pleased that Kelly Grogan, Assistant Professor in FRE, has been selected to receive the C-FARE/AAEA 2014 Early Career Professional Leadership Award. The C-FARE Board of Directors’ selection was made based on her merit and interest in learning more about federal granting programs. The Council is also pleased with the sentiments she expressed about communicating the importance of agriculture and applied economics to policymakers. Dr. Grogan will attend a two-day program that will take place in Washington, DC on June 19-20, 2014. The program will expose her to federal funding programs while also training her to be an excellent science policy communicator. The C-FARE Board of Directors and AAEA Trust see the award as a wonderful opportunity for early career members of AAEA to enhance their network and ability to perform outreach.

Ag Econ Club Named CALS Club of the Year!


On April 16th the Agricultural Economics Club (Ag Econ) received, for the 2nd year in a row, the Agricultural and Life Sciences College Council Club of the Year. Congratulations to all the club members and their advisor, Jennifer Clark.

For more information on the club visit the Ag Econ Club site or like them on Facebook

Final Resutls for FRE NAMA Team Announced!


Congratulations to our own FRE NAMA team!

The 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference, held in Jacksonville, FL, this week had students from around the country competing for top honors. Here is how our great NAMA team performed:
- Third place John Deere
- Won "Best Chapter"
- Third place "Outstanding Student Chapter"
- Fifth place "Marketing Competition"

Congratulations to all team members, support students and Jennifer Clark, Faculty Sponsor and coach!

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