The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison was founded in 1909 and was the first department of agricultural economics in the United States. The department offers two undergraduate programs—agricultural and applied economics and agricultural business management. Both majors will give students a strong base in economics and how it is applied to real-world situations. The teaching and research in AAE focuses on the areas of development economics, environmental economics and managerial economics.

The department also offers two certificates to undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison: the certificate in business management for agricultural and life sciences and the certificate in development economics


Barham, Bradford
Chavas, Jean-Paul
Coxhead, Ian 
Deller, Steven
Foltz, Jeremy (Chair)
Gould, Brian
Mitchell, Paul
Phaneuf, Daniel
Provencher, R. William
Rutherford, Thomas
Schechter, Laura
Stiegert, Kyle


Du, Sheldon
Grainger, Corbett
Fletcher, Jason*
Hueth, Brent
Parker, Dominic
Shi, Guanming


Conroy, Tessa*
Dower, Paul
Johnston, Craig*
Johnston, Sarah
Tjernstroem, Emilia


Beach, Jeremy
Berner, Courtney
Dong, Fengxia


Davis, Linda

*AAE Affiliate Faculty


The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offers a number of scholarships to students declared in both of our majors, agricultural & applied economics and agricultural business management. Students in either of our majors or who have declared the certificate in business management for agricultural & life sciences are also eligible to apply for the Renk Scholarship Program, which can provide scholarships for up to three years. The Renk Scholarship Program is part of the Renk Agribusiness Institute and emphasizes leadership in contemporary agricultural issues and activities linked to agribusiness.


The Agricultural Business Management Club at UW–Madison is a group of motivated students interested in careers involving agriculture and/or business. The club offers members the opportunity to learn more about the agribusiness industry and make connections through career speakers, field trips and social events.

There are a number of other student organizations of interest to students in our majors. For more information, please visit the CALS Student Organization website.