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. Ray Huffaker. More...

News and Events




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

Jonathan Dain named Florida Climate Change Institute Fellow


Jon Dain, Director of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute and FRE Lecturer, has been selected to receive one of two Florida Climate Institute Fellow Awards for 2014-2015. The Fellow award recognizes faculty members who are making outstanding contributions to research, extension, education, and to the FCI.

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.

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