Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. We are home to several vibrant undergraduate programs and three graduate programs. Our graduates have an outstanding employment record and many play key leadership roles in business, government and academia. The distinguished faculty who lead our programs have received many teaching and research awards and are internationally recognized. With students from more than15 countries around the world we have a strong international presence.

Our research and teaching activities sit at the nexus of applied economics, business and policy analysis for the agriculture, food and resource sectors. Recent and ongoing research encompasses areas such as innovation (biotechnology, plant breeders’ rights, bioproducts), rural communities, resources & the environment (climate change, water resources, forestry), agri-food marketing and supply chains, food safety, international trade, entrepreneurship, and much more.

We have a long standing reputation as one of the best departments in Canada with a student-friendly learning environment, characterized by small class sizes and excellent interaction with dedicated faculty who are recognized research leaders in their fields. We provide opportunities for students to study, work, and undertake research and travel within Canada and internationally depending on the course and level of study. We host several social events throughout the year and encourage students and their families to attend and are proud to be one of the friendliest departments on campus.

We hope that our aim - to deliver the best education, to carry out the best research, and to make significant contributions to society - locally, nationally, and internationally will inspire you to join one of our undergraduate or graduate programs.

Research

  • Economics of agricultural support programs
  • Economics of food safety and quality; food labeling regulatory environment
  • International trade policy
  • Transportation economics

Richard Gray
Jill Hobbs
Bill Kerr
James Nolan
Tristan Skolrud
Peter Slade
Stuart Smyth
Lana Awada
Lisa Clarke
James Lokken
Simona Lubieniechi
Cecil Nagy

  • Application of novel statistical methods to agricultural problems
  • Estimation of efficiency and productivity

Richard Gray
Suren Kulshreshtha
James Nolan
Tristan Skolrud
Peter Slade
Lana Awada

  • Indigenous Land Management 
  • Traditional Knowledge Systems
  • Aboriginal Agriculture and Land Management
  • Economic growth in rural areas

Ken Belcher
Suren Kulshreshtha
David Natcher

  • Finance and risk management
    • Farm and agribusiness management
    • Agri-food marketing and supply chains
    • Consumer and market analysis
    • Agent-based modeling

Bill Brown
Richard Gray
Jill Hobbs
Eric Micheels
James Nolan
Rob Roy

  • Innovation economics
  • Regulatory environment for biotechnological innovations
  • Consumer acceptance of new technologies

Richard Gray
Jill Hobbs
Bill Kerr
Stuart Smyth
Savannah Gleim

  • Ecological economics
  • Forestry economics
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Biofuels policy
  • Water resources

Ken Belcher
Hayley Hesseln
Suren Kulshreshtha
David Natcher
Tristan Skolrud

Facilities

Graduate Studies

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics delivers highly rated graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics. Agricultural Economics provides opportunities for students to learn and use advanced theoretical and empirical methods in applied economics. Research is applied to real world problems in the multifaceted agri‐food sector which encompasses issues in resource management, environmental sustainability, production economics, supply chains, regulation, transport, food quality and safety, rural development, innovation management, public policy and international trade.

The areas of specialization within Agricultural and Resource Economics include: natural resource economics; environmental sustainability and evaluation; international trade policy; supply chain management; public policy and regulation; farm business management; economics of technological change; rural development; agri‐food marketing; food safety and quality; and agricultural production economics.

Contact Us

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
College of Agriculture and Bioresources

University of Saskatchewan 

Room 3D34, Agriculture Building
51 Campus Drive  
Saskatoon, SK  
S7N 5A8 Canada
Tel: 1 (306) 966-6512
Fax:1 (306) 966-8413

Seminar Videos

Presented by: Brenna Grant, Canfax Research Services

Date: November 18, 2016

Presented by: Janelle Mann, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Manitoba

Date: November 4, 2016

Agricultural and Resource Economics Seminars

Presented by: Dr. Guidon Fenig Braverman, Department of Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Date: October 28, 2016

Agricultural and Resource Economics Seminars

Economic Targeting of Agricultural Beneficial Management Practices to Address Nutrient Runoff in Manitoba

Presented by: Amanda Gabruch, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Date: June 10, 2016

Presented by: Dr. Peter Slade, Assistant Professor and Canola Growers Association Chair in Agricultural Policy

Date: March 11, 2016

BPBE 990 Seminars

Presented by: Katltlin Kelly, M.Sc. Candidate

Date: November 6, 2015

Presented by: Dr. Richard Gray, Professor, Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

Date: October 23, 2015

Presented by: Dr. Corinne Langinier, Associate Profressor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta

Date: October 16, 2015

Presented by: W.A. Kerr, Professor, Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

Date: September 11, 2015

Presented by: Kathy Larson, Beef Economist Western Beef Development Centre

Date: October 17, 2014

Presented by: Dr. David Zhang, Associate Professor, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan and Mr. Sunil Wei, M.Sc. Canadidate, Beijing Institute of Technology

Date: October 10. 2014

Presented by Erika Bachmann, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Date: September 19, 2014

Presented by James Nolan, Professor, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Date: September 12, 2014

Presented by Mark Ferguson, Manager of Industry and Policy Analysis

Date: March 21, 2014

Presented by: Nesrine Tarchoun, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

Date: March 14, 2014

Presented by Seraina Giovanoli, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Date: March 14, 2014

Presented by Carl Potts, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers

Date: November 22, 2013

Presented by Mohammad Torshizi, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Date: November 15, 2013

Presented by Xiaoyu Liu, Ph.D. canadidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics.

Date: November 1, 2013

Presented by Dr. Grant Devine, Former Premier of Saskatchewan

Date: October 4, 2013

Presented by Rim Lassoued, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan,

Date: June 6, 2013

Presented by Jeff Holzman, Director - Market Research, PotashCorp,

Date: March 01, 2013

Alliance for Food and Bioproducts Innovation (AFBI) Seminars

Presented by: Scott Biden, M.Sc. Candidate

Date: Friday May 27, 2016

Presented by: Dr. Derek Brewin, Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba

Date: September 18, 2015

Presented by: Dr. Cami Ryan, Social Sciences Lead, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs, Monsanto Canada

Date: February 13, 2015

Presented by: Brian Ochieng, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

Date: October 31, 2015

Presented by: Dr. James Gaisford, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Thomson Rivers University

Date: January 23, 2015

Presented by: Lana Awada, Postdoctorate Fellow, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics

Date: November 21, 2014

Presented by Dr. Camille (Cami) Ryan, Departments of Plant Sciences and Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics.

Date: September 27, 2013

Presented by Dr. Kelly Foley, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Saskatchewan,

Date: February 08, 2013

Presented by Dr. James Gaisford, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary (Co-author Olena Ivus),

Date: February 01, 2013

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