Purdue Ag Econ Graduate Program

Virtual Recruitment Website

Academic Year: 2022-2023

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Welcome to the​ Agricultural Economics Department's Virtual Graduate Recruitment Website. We are excited to showcase our Department to you virtually and to show you why this is a Department culture that you will be proud to be a part of. Below you will find videos from our faculty members, links to our Research Centers located within the department, as well as stories about our students. Note, we will be updating this site over the coming months to provide you with the most up to date information related to graduate recruitment for the August 2022 semester. For information related to Purdue University's response to COVID-19, please visit the Protect Purdue website

Welcome to Purdue Ag Econ from Dr. Jayson Lusk

Dr. Jayson Lusk, Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Agricultural Economics, provides an overview of the department and shares a few of the opportunities available to prospective graduate students.

Common Questions and Program Information:

Many frequently asked questions related to our department and graduate studies such as admission, financial aid, program requirements, and contact information can be found on our Graduate Program Page


Ryan Good, Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Economics provides an overview of our graduate programs and notes important deadlines for prospective graduate students.

If you have questions or need more information about our programs, please reach out to: 

Ryan Good, Graduate Program Administrator
Ag Economics MS & PhD Programs
Phone: +1-765-496-5338
Email: rrgood@purdue.edu

Taryn Nance, Graduate Coordinator
MS-MBA Program
Office phone: +1-765-496-2447
Cell phone: +1-765-714-2771
Email: tnance@purdue.edu

Learn about our faculty members

Learn more about our faculty including their areas of expertise and recent publications: 

Stories from our graduate students

Current graduate students share their experiences in the AgEcon Department.

students talking during one of Ag Econ's coffee hours, 2019

Ag Econ Ph.D. students create ‘micro help desk’ for their first-year classmates

“The help desk keeps me fresh on concepts and theorems from previous classes. You also feel good to help peers in younger cohorts; especially when you remember how many questions you had that year.”

Edie Yao

Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jixuan (Edie) Yao
“My research is about living a better life and caring for the environment. I find research is very creative.”

Emiliano Lopez

Ag Econ Graduate Student Spotlight: Emiliano Lopez Barrera
“As a first first-generation college graduate in my family, I had a long journey to get to Purdue. When I received the admissions offer from the Ag Econ department, it was really a no brainer.”

Faculty Program Highlights

To give you a glimpse into some of our research, we asked faculty members to share videos related to their program. See below.

Dr. Todd Kuethe, Associate Professor and Schrader Endowed Chair in Farmland Economics at Purdue Agricultural Economics shares his research interests and research opportunities for prospective students.

Dr. Jake Ricker-Gilbert is the graduate student placement coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue. In this video, he talks about his role as placement coordinator and the ways that the Ag Econ department helps graduate students prepare for the job market.

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, Tom Hertel talks about research opportunities available to students interested in studying international trade, climate policy, and related topics.  


Aissa Good, Associate Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business discusses opportunities available to students looking to conduct research on agri-business and related topics.

Dr. Mindy Mallory, Associate Professor and Clearing Corporation Endowed Chair in Food and Agricultural Marketing, shares her research interests and opportunities for prospective graduate students.


Dr. Nicole Widmar discusses the advantage of the MS/MJ dual degree program offering from Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The program consists of the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) and Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural Economics, bringing together expertise from two highly ranked institutions to provide a unique educational opportunity in agricultural law.


Dr. Jayson Lusk held a TEDx talk on animal welfare at Purdue (see video above). He was also featured in the following: 

The Purdue Institute for Family Business (website/YouTube) conducts research focused on family businesses, along with Extension programming around the state of Indiana. Above is a video related to conflict resolution in family businesses.


Research Centers

The agricultural economics department is host to seven research centers each with a different focus:

  • Center for Food & Agricultural Business - website
    • The Center for Food & Agricultural Business creates and delivers management education programs that combine research with real-world application specifically for the food and agribusiness industries. They offer several programs and workshops on a wide range of agribusiness topics, create custom programs for agribusiness companies, and are home to the MS/MBA in Food and Agribusiness Program. 
  • Center for Commercial Agriculture - website
    • The Center for Commercial Agriculture is a source of management education and knowledge generation for the farmers in the business of producing the world's agricultural products. Each year they host the Top Farmer Conference and Farm Management Tour. They also produce the Ag Economy Barometer and the Crop Basis Tool. The center host numerous webinars on insurance, risk, crop outlook, and other related topics.
  • Center for Global Trade Analysis - website
    • The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) is a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. GTAP is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics.
  • Center for Regional Development - website
    • The Center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration, and the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions. Recent research initiatives include: Digital Divide and Broadband studies.
  • Indiana Council for Economic Education - website
    • The lead unit in an 11-institution network of university centers for K-12 economic education in Indiana. The center is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education.
  • North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) - website
    • For almost 50 years, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the land-grant universities in the 12-state region, has addressed issues critical to the growth and impact of rural communities. NCRCRD works to establish collaborative working relationships across the region to address emerging and continuing issues of interest to rural communities and is part of a group of four centers that together cover the entire United States. The four centers work collaboratively on issues that cross regional boundaries. NCRCRD’s works focuses on three interconnected systems: communities, businesses, and households; and three major themes: resilient communities and economies, leadership and civic engagement, community health and wellness.
  • Purdue Institute for Family Business - website
    • Conducts research, teaching and Extension programs focused on family businesses
  • State Utility Forecasting Group - website
    •  Assists the State of Indiana through its forecasts of electricity consumption, prices, and resource requirements. SUFG also performs analyses of a number of issues facing the energy industries

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