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    Food and Resource Economics Department

    Food and Resource Economics Department

About FRE


The Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED) focuses on teaching, research, and extension related to the food and agricultural systems in Florida. Graduates from our undergraduate programs go on to careers in sales, finance, management, economics and more, working with companies in the food sector, as well as with environmental and statistical organizations and businesses. Our Master of Agribusiness prepares students from other disciplines in agriculture and beyond for careers in business and industry. MS students choose between an agribusiness track that leads to business careers, or a thesis-track for those more interested in research careers or pursuing a PhD degree. And our PhD graduates take positions in Universities around the world, private industry, and government.

Why FRE?

FRED has approximately 30 faculty members, 10 support staff positions in Gainesville, and 7 faculty members spread across 5 research and education centers throughout the state. FRED faculty teach a wide variety of courses, from agribusiness marketing, to natural resource/environmental economics, to welfare economics and trade theory. FRED averages 300 undergraduate majors and 60-80 M.S., Ph.D. and Master of Agribusiness students. Research and Extension efforts reflect both the needs of the State and the mission of the Agricultural Economics profession.