The department conducts research on consumer food demand, health and nutrition, food safety, agricultural marketing, federal food and nutrition programs, and food and agricultural policy. Issues addressed include the economic determinants and consequences of consumer food choice, the roles of food assistance programs on household food security and other health and nutritional outcomes.
While no courses in the Department are devoted solely to food enterprises, they enter the teaching program in a variety of ways.
- AG Econ 350 - The Agricultural Marketing System
- Ag Econ 355 - Agribusiness Marketing and Professional Selling
- Ag Econ 420 - International Agricultural Marketing and Trade
- "Food Demand by Low-income Households.” USDA-ERS Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP), 2007–09. Cooperative agreement. Steven Yen, PI.
- Food Stamp Program Participation and Food Insecurity: An Instrumental Variables Approach
Yen S.T., M. Andrews, Z. Chen, and D.B. Eastwood
American Journal of Agricultural Economics 90(1):117–132. 2008.
- A Sample Selection Approach to Censored Demand Systems
Yen, S.T., and B. Lin.
American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88(3):742–749. 2006
The weekly Market News provides information of agricultural marketing, policy and associated food-related issues.