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Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

Students in Guelph’s the Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) program acquire the analytical knowledge and skills needed to effectively deal with emerging issues in food, agriculture, and resource management. FARE students have a wide range of interests and skills that can be applied in many workplaces in government and non-governmental organizations, non-profit and community-based organizations, and the private sector.

University of Guelph Advantage

Guelph’s FARE program teaches students to use economic theory and applied methods to improve food systems and policy in Canada and internationally. Building on business and economic skills through advanced projects and case-based courses students are able to specialize in one of four streams:

  • Food and Agribusiness Management
  • Food Industry Economics and Management
  • International Agricultural Development Economics
  • Resource Economics 

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, hire and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy!

Student Strengths

 Critical Thinking

Advanced analytical and management skills to effectively deal with emerging issues and challenges, such as food, security, and sustainability. Ability to handle and gather accurate economic data relevant to research problems.

 Deep Understanding

Comprehensive understanding of economic theory and applied methods in both the Canadian and world context. 


Strong leadership and communication skills with experience in real-world case projects.

Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Work Term Schedule








Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Introduction to the Agri-Food Systems
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • 1 Elective
  • One Of: Business Mathematics or Elements of Calculus I or Calculus I


  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Poverty, Food and Hunger
  • Economics of the Agri-Food System


  • Introduction to Co-operative Education
  • Intermediate Mircoeconomics
  • Economic Statistics
  • Survey of Natural Resource Economics
  • 2 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Mathematical Economics
  • Agri-Food Markets and Policy
  • 2 Electives/Restricted Electives


Work Term One


Work Term Two


  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives


Work Term Three


  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives


Work Term Four


Work Term Five


  • The Firm and Markets
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Agricultural and Food Policy
  • 4 Electives/Restricted Electives
Restricted Electives

A minimum of 2.00 credits from the following, regardless of area:

Food and Agribusiness Management

  • Advanced Agribusiness Management
  • Futures and Options Markets
  • Marketing Research
  • Food & Agri Marketing Management
  • Financial Management

Food Industry Economics and Management

  • Operations Management
  • Supply and Value Chain Management
  • Advanced Operations Management in the Agri-Food Sector
  • Agri-Food Retailing, Merchandising and Sales
  • Decision Science

International Agricultural Development Economics

  • Introductory Development Economics
  • International Food Sector and Policy Analysis
  • Food Security, Nutrition and International Development

Resource Economics

  • Environmental Economics
  • Land Economics
  • Resource Economics