University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED)

FREDFRED departmental programs reflect the diversity of Florida's agriculture which has more than 50 major commodities. The Department has 41 faculty members involved in a full range of research, extension, and teaching programs.

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 chair is Dr. Spiro Stefanou. More...

News and Events



Congratulations to Damian Adams on receiving the UF Office of the Provost Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

Dr. Adams' appointment is in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and is an affiliate faculty member in the Food and Resource Economics Department. His work focuses on understanding how people value ecosystem goods and services.




NACTA Educator Awards

Congratulations to Jane Bachelor on receiving the 2015 NACTA Educator Award at the 61st Annual Conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in Athens Georgia.  The NACTA mission is to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences. One of the central purposes of NACTA is to recognize those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education and seek to inspire the highest levels of excellence.  Congratulation, Jane, on receiving this distinguished award.

Jane Bachelor, IRREC and Food and Resource Economics

FRE Announces the 2015-2016 Scholarship Winners

FRE is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015-16 FRE scholarship.   Funding was available for twelve scholarship and applications were received from 26 students.  20 of these outstanding FRE students were selected to receive awards in amounts ranging from $500 to $13,500.  Congratulations to all!

Graduate Student Awardees

Xuqi Chen Allison Family Endowment
Chenyi He Allison Family Endowment
Marup Hossian Cecil N. and Cecile G. Smith Scholarship
Meng Shen Harold B. Clark Award
Manhong Zhu Harold B. Clark Award
Kelly Davidson J. E. Ross International Travel Award
Maria Diaz Mr. and Mrs. John V. D'Albora, Jr. Scholarship in Honor of J. Wayne Reitz and R. Holt Howard Endowed Scholarship
Yuan Jiang Phillip L. Herndon Endowment in Economics
Keri Cornman Werner and Margaret C. Husmann Scholarship

Undergraduate Student Awardees

David Pauzauskie Don Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund
Caleb Dahl Hal W. Lively Memorial Scholarship Fund 
Morgan Carlton Hal W. Lively Memorial Scholarship Fund 
Michael Mantoya Hal W. Lively Memorial Scholarship Fund 
Illan Sweitzer Hal W. Lively Memorial Scholarship Fund 
Charles Strippoli Hal W. Lively Memorial Scholarship Fund and
Robert G. Stubbs and Henry G. Hamilton Scholarship Fund
Amberlyn Beers Robert G. Stubbs and Henry G. Hamilton Scholarship Fund
Clark Futch Robert G. Stubbs and Henry G. Hamilton Scholarship Fund
Natalie Miaoulis W. W. McPherson Memorial Endowment
Kelvin Dominguez W. W. McPherson Memorial Endowment
Yal Ulrick Adegbola Werner and Margaret C. Husmann Scholarship 


UF Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series

This information is also available via the Range Cattle Research and Education Center’s Economics page:

Join us for a webinar beginning on Jun 24, 2015 at 6:30 PM EDT. Register now! Southeast beef cattle producers are encouraged to tune-in to the upcoming UF Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series. The event is hosted by the Range Cattle Research and Education Center and the South Florida Beef-Forage Program. The webinar series is being conducted to discuss ways to increase your herd's production, performance, and profitability. Cattle producers saw record feeder calf prices and profits in 2014 that changed the dynamics of the cow-calf industry. The goal of this webinar series is to provide timely production and economic information that can help producers operate in this volatile marketplace.

This series of presentations will take place on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:00 pm (EST) during June and July. The following lists all the scheduled webinars:

June 24th, 2015 Beef Cattle Market Outlook
July 1st, 2015 Marketing Opportunities for Feeder Calves
July 15th, 2015 2015 UF Beef Cow-Calf Budget
July 22nd, 2015 Projecting 2015 Cow-Calf Profitability
July 29th, 2015 Replacement Heifer Economics

Participants will be able to interact with the presenter by submitting questions and comments, and will be able to make recommendations for topics at future webinar sessions. Each program can be viewed on your individual personal computer with access to the internet. Registration is open and free to all, but is limited to the first 100 participants. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series