AREC is a world-class department focused on agricultural economics and policy, environmental and natural resource economics, and economic development. The faculty are renowned for their scholarship and research, policy experience, and professional service. Our top-ranked Ph.D. program has a diverse and high-quality student body from the U.S. and countries around the world. Our undergraduate concentrations in agricultural and resource economics, agribusiness, and environmental and resource economics, as well as the global poverty minor, allow students to learn from leading scholars in small classes. Policy and public education programs address issues of importance to stakeholders at local, state, national and international levels.

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We will give you the opportunity to work closely with faculty in courses that focus on the real-world application of applied economics. The major of Agricultural and Resource Economics consistently ranks as one of the best majors for job placement. 

Join us and start your journey towards a successful career. We are here to help you every step of the way. We offer two undergraduate degrees and an undergraduate minor, as well as graduate degrees

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in teaching you will learn.

We strive to provide our faculty and staff with the resources they need to succeed in all aspects of the Land Grant mission: Research, Education, and Extension.


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Whether you graduated last year or 50 years ago, there’s no better time than now to be a part of Maryland’s Fearless Ideas. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Network is one of the numerous academic networks within the University of Maryland Alumni Association that allows you to remain an active and engaged member of our community.

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Through the generosity of alumni, industry partners, and friends of the college, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) offers scholarships to talented undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in one of our academic majors. AGNR scholarships, as well as department-based scholarships, are awarded based on merit, scholarship application materials, and a variety of other factors. Please review the following sections to determine which scholarships you are eligible to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact our Coordinator for Recruitment, April Brohawn at

AREC Assistant Professor and Graduate Student Receive Research Award for Economics of Fracking and Co-produced Hydrocarbons Project

Congratulations are in order to Assistant Professor Louis Preonas for receiving the 2020-2021 Faculty-Student Research Award.
Preonas’ research Hydraulic Fracturing and the Economics of Co-produced Hydrocarbons in collaboration with AREC student Daniel Kraynak is aimed at estimating the extent to which the fracking boom caused the shift towards natural gas and away from coal. 

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AGNR Global Classroom Adds Education Abroad Summer Course

AREC is proud to host the first Global Classroom course offered within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Global Classroom Initiative is a project of UMD’s Office of International Affairs. Global Classrooms offer innovative opportunities for forward-thinking students and faculty to learn about global challenges, collaborate with international partners, and design impactful solutions from right in College Park.

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AREC Welcomes James MacDonald

The Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics is excited to welcome economist James MacDonald as one of our newest professors. 

This semester he is excited about developing and teaching AREC 433: Food and Agricultural Policy. Similar to his own research, the course focuses on public policies regarding the food system, application of economic analysis and quantitative literacy. 

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UMD is Part of a Multi-Institutional Consortium to Maximize Nutrient and Water Use and Improve Agricultural Productivity in the US Southern Plains

In a nearly $10 million project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), UMD researchers are partnering with project lead Kansas State University (KSU), Oklahoma State University (OSU), and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) El Reno to improve soil health, nutrient and water use efficiencies, and overall agricultural productivity in the Southern Great Plains states.

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