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Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

STEAM student Katelyn Thomas

Mar 7, 2017

Growing a Future

When Katelyn Thomas didn't get accepted into NC State as a freshman, she pursued an alternate path. Thanks to STEAM, Thomas is now a CALS Honors student majoring in agricultural business management. 

Man harvesting sweet potatoes from a farm field into a truck

Jan 27, 2017

Renkow on Immigration

Mitch Renkow, an NC State agricultural economist, tells WRAL-TV that a proposed crackdown on immigration means some laborers – both documented and undocumented – may not be as willing to come to the U.S. or stay for work. Fewer workers will drive up the cost of labor and the cost of goods for everything from construction to farm work, he said. 

Dr. John Beghin outside

Nov 16, 2016

Beghin Named ARE Head

A former professor with NC State University has been appointed head of Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics effective Jan. 1. Dr. John C. Beghin, an economics professor at Iowa State University, will succeed Dr. Charles D. Safley. 

Photo of waterfall flowing over moss-covered rocks

Sep 22, 2016

NC State to Study Economic Value of Improving Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that NC State University is one of six universities awarded a total of $4.8 million in funding to work with local communities to better understand the economic value of water quality. 

Contaminated site

Jul 20, 2016

Cleaning Up Brownfields Benefits Nearby Property Values

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. commercial and industrial sites are contaminated, with estimated cleanup costs running to the billions. But do the benefits of cleaning up these so-called brownfield sites outweigh the costs? NC State University's Dr. Laura Taylor explains new research that addresses that question. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Jul 19, 2016

North Carolina’s Economic Outlook: Walden Weighs In

How is the North Carolina economy in the third quarter of 2016? Distinguished professor Michael Walden, of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, gives his analysis. 

Labor Force

Jun 30, 2016

You Decide: What’s Behind the Declining Labor Force

Among all the economic data coming from various media outlets, one has received increased attention in recent years. In fact, NC State University economist Mike Walden says it's the most discussed economic statistic of the past couple of years. It's called the labor force participation rate. 

Grapes on a conveyor

May 20, 2016

Ag and agbiz worth $84 billion in NC

Agriculture and agribusiness – food, fiber and forestry — make up an $84 billion-a-year industry in North Carolina, contributing one-sixth of the state’s income and employees, according to the latest figures from NC State University economist Mike Walden. 

Austin Wrenn

May 4, 2016

Destination: Down under

Helping feed a hungry world has long been graduating senior Austin Wrenn's goal. But little did he know how much his experiences in growing food in controlled environments would relate to his new job -- or that the job would take him to Australia. 

Apr 21, 2016

You Decide: What’s the best timing for valuing property?

Recently Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years. The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes.