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Welcome to the Dept. of Agricultural,
Food, and Resource Economics

The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (DAFRE) was created in 1914. Since then, its mission has evolved as the needs of society have changed. The department's mission is to:

Support society's agricultural, agribusiness, food, environmental, and natural resource needs for economic analysis through an integrated program of teaching, research, and outreach activities designed to improve the quality of public and private decisions.

Our mission reflects and supports the missions of the land-grant university system; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

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In 2014, the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (DAFRE) will celebrate its 100th anniversary.   This teaching and research department was founded in 1914 as the farm management division within the Rutgers Department of Agronomy.   In 1923, farm management left the agronomy department to become a freestanding Department of Agricultural Economics.   Its current name, adopted in 1999, reflects a research and teaching mission that extends beyond the department’s origins in production agriculture.

To commemorate its centennial, the Department will hold a reception and dinner at the Cook Campus Center on the evening of November 6, 2014.  The department is also planning a seminar on agricultural economics at Rutgers that afternoon. If you would like more information about these events, please send your contact information (including email) to Department Administrator, Edwin Robinson, at

Also check the department’s home and Facebook pages for updates (both are accessible through

Alumni, former faculty, staff, and friends are encouraged to come celebrate with us on November 6th.



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Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (DAFRE)