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The University of Tennessee | Institute of Agriculture

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Agricultural policy research examines the effect of changes in public policy the structure and profitability of the agricultural sector in the United States as well as internationally. Current research focuses both on long-term issues of farm profitability as well as current issues like the production of bioenergy crops, the use of agricultural land for carbon sequestration, and the cost of externalities resulting from the industrial production of farm animals.

Department Personnel working on agricultural policy issues:
Christopher Clark – Professor and Interim Head (Research and Teaching);
Burton English – Professor (Research and Teaching); bioenergy production
Lixia He – Post Doctoral Researcher (Research);
Chad Hellwinckel – Research Assistant Professor; agricultural sector simulation modeling using POLYSYS, carbon sequestration, biofuels
James Larson – Professor (research and Teaching); cotton

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Extension

The department teaches one course each at the undergraduate level and the graduate level that deals with the rationale for agricultural policy. A list of courses is given below and course descriptions can be found in the Courses of Instruction sections of the latest Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

Undergraduate Courses

  • AREC 430 - Food and Agricultural Policy

Graduate Courses

  • AREC 530 - Agricultural Policy Analysis

The areas of policy research in the department include: United States farm policy, international agricultural and trade policy, international agricultural development, bioenergy policy, tobacco policy, externalities in livestock production, and carbon sequestration.

Selected Publications

The results of policy research are made available to producers, policy makers, and interested citizens through speaking engagements with local, regional, national and international audiences, radio and print media interviews, and participation in field days.