University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED)

FREDWe appreciate your interest in our department. If you are a student interested in pursuing a degree from the Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED), please feel free to browse our Graduate and Undergraduate information. Need information about a FRED faculty or staff member? The FRED directory can provide assistance.

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 Spiro Stefanou.

FRED departmental programs reflect the diversity of Florida's agriculture which has more than 50 major commodities. The Department has 32 faculty members involved in a full range of research, extension, and teaching programs. More...

News and Events

FRE Scholarships Available - APPLICATION

Our new Chair - Dr. Spiro Stefanou



The Food and Resource Economics Department present the 2015 Seminar Series.

Previous Seminars | Future Seminars

Wednesday, March 25, 10 – 11AM
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
1151 McCarty A
Bill Messina
Cuban Agriculture: Problems, Progress, Prospects, and the Influence of U.S. Policy
University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics

Friday April 3, 2015
10:00-11:00 AM
Dr. Yusuke Kuwayama
Resources for the Future
Topic: "Estimating the Cost of Drought on Agriculture Using the U.S. Drought Monitor"

Friday, April 17, 2015, 10 – 11AM
Dr. Miguel Gomez
Cornell University, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Topic: TBD

UF/IFAS awards 17 young faculty with research seed money

Seventeen young scientists at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, four of which are faculty members in FRE, have earned grants from the Dean for Research office, thanks to their innovative proposals addressing critical agriculture and natural resources issues that impact farm production and consumer behavior.

Damian Adams - "Assessment of Feasible Forest Water Yield Program Features and Landowner Preferences"

Zhengfei Guan - "Development of the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) for Florida Strawberry Production"

Jaclyn Kropp - "Examining Socioeconomic and Demographic Determinants of Differences in Lunch Consumption by National School Lunch Program Participants Using Plate Waste Data"

Gulcan Onel - "Creating Sustainable Workforce for Small Fruits and Vegetables Industry in Florida: The Impact of Federal Immigration Programs and Solutions to Labor Shortages"

For more information visit: