Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED)
FRED 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. Ray Huffaker. More...
News and Events
Dr. Andrew Schmitz Presented with UF/IFAS International Fellow Award
Please join us in congratulating Professor Andrew Schmitz for his outstanding international efforts. This is a great distinction and honor that reflects the global stature of his career accomplishments, and the high esteem in which he is held not only here in IFAS but also worldwide.
Professor Andrew Schmitz developed the first general equilibrium analysis of world trade in major agricultural products, and has extended this work for the International Tariff Commission, The World Bank, FAPRI, and the Purdue Modeling Group. His focus on international trade continues, and is communicated partly through the bi-annual International Trade Consortium Meetings (he is one of the original founding members). Professor Schmitz has given keynote addresses in over 30 countries and has published on a wide range of international trade subjects, including work with graduate students (300+ refereed papers, books, and book-chapters). His international work specifically impacts Florida agriculture through sugar policy analysis (e.g., sugar book); Everglades restoration (e.g., published papers); NAFTA (e.g., his papers formed the basis for the US–Mexico tomato suspension agreement); biofuel analysis (e.g., impact of Brazilian subsidies, and the negative and positive gains from biofuel policies); and environmental issues. A forthcoming book on agricultural privatization in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine is the first major work on this topic. He has also contributed to health economics, including both negative externalities associated with smoking (e.g., upcoming 2014 British Columbia Health Conference) and positive externalities in agriculture. Financial support for his research has come from the World Bank and several other international organizations.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING, HEARING OR WORKSHOP
The University of Florida F.R.E.D. Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting, hearing, or workshop.
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Place: 1163 McCarty Hall A
Purpose: Search & Screen Committee Discussion, Position # 0001-3050, Associate/Assistant Professor
A copy of the agenda, if any, may be obtained by writing to University of Florida, Food & Resource Economics Department at P.O. Box 110240, Gainesville, Fl. 32611 or by calling Candy Kaswinkel at (352) 294-7669.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop, hearing, or meeting is asked to advise the University of Florida at least 72 hours before the workshop/hearing/meeting by contacting Candy Kaswinkel at (352) 294-7669. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the University by calling 352-846-1046 (TDD).
Any person who wishes to appeal a decision made by the University of Florida Food & Resource Economics Department with respect to any matter considered at this public meeting, hearing, or workshop, will need a record of the proceedings. For such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
Ag-Econ Club News and Events
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Ag-Econ Club was very involved in activities supporting constitutionally-stated goals of:
- promoting interest in the field of agricultural and applied economics
- developing the relationship between students and faculty in FRE
- providing liaison between FRE and industry
- representing UF in the student sections of AAEA (Quiz Bowl) and NAMA competitions.
The Ag-Econ Club, NAMA Competition Team, and Quiz Bowl Competition Team were honored to receive recognition for our efforts:
- Agricultural and Life Sciences College Council (ALSCC) Club of the Year
- NAMA Outstanding Student Chapter – 4th Place
- NAMA Outstanding Performance Award – Chapter Programs
- NAMA John Deere Signature Award – 3rd Place
- SS-AAEA Quiz Bowl National Champions
- SS-AAEA Outstanding Chapter Award
During the 2012-2013 year we supported “Rebuilding Together” through volunteer hours in the rehabilitation and modification for homeowners-in-need. The Club also partnered with the local Gainesville Fisher House Foundation to host an on-campus 5K supporting families whose loved ones are receiving medical attention at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville Florida.
We participated in CALS Kick-off and CALS TailGator engaging with students, faculty, and Alumni and plan to participate again this year with our newly-designed “Photo Booth” - we hope you’ll stop by to visit and take a picture to remember the event! Don’t forget to register for CALS Kick-off on September 23, 2013 https://2013calskickoff.eventbrite.com/ and TailGator on October 5, 2013 http://tailgator2013.eventbrite.com/
It was a very busy semester with guest speakers attending from industry and our first annual Ag-Econ Club Panel Discussion. We would like to continue this tradition of bringing speakers to campus and plan to focus on a “policy” theme in the 2013-2014 academic year.
We look forward to a very productive and involved fall semester and hope that you’ll join us!
Quiz Bowl Team Wins National Championship
We have some exciting news! This past weekend our Quiz Bowl team won the National Championship at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)'s annual meeting in Washington, DC. Our team secured the title in a tournament comprising over thirty teams representing universities from all over the United States and Canada. This is the fourth time the Quiz Bowl team has won the National Championship over the past five years! This is also the fourth win under the leadership of coach Mikael Sandberg.
This year's team line-up was Keri Cornman, Nurys Dominguez, Perry Sweitzer, Zoey Cawiezell, Morgan Nussbaum, Thomas Samant, Deneb Martinez, and Fanny Wong. If you see these students, please take a moment to congratulate them.
We are truly proud of these students and they were wonderful ambassadors for the FRE department and the University of Florida.
FRE NAMA Team Gives UF Students Career Boost
Please see this article published on Southeast AgNet:
Congratulations 2013 NAMA Team!
FRE's very own NAMA team brought home lots of awards from the NAMA Nationals competition in Kansas City: 2012-13 "Chapter Performance Award-Chapter Programs"; "Outstanding Student Chapter" fourth place; John Deere "Signature Student Chapter Award", third place award of $1,000. Our UF NAMA Student Chapter nominated the Professional NAMA Florida Chapter for the "2012-13 Outstanding Professional Chapter" and they won!
The UF student NAMA team was the only SEC school that made it to the final competition!
Please join us in congratulating the NAMA members and Coach David Barber!