Chair's Message

FARE Chair

John Cranfield, Chair

Welcome to the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE)! On behalf of the department, let me thank you for taking time to visit our website. We are a research intensive department that takes great pride in providing outstanding educational experiences, and in providing research and outreach activities related to issues of importance to urban and rural stakeholders in Ontario and beyond.

Established in 1907, the department has gone through various incarnations. Throughout, our research focus has been on agricultural economics and agribusiness, food economics, resource economics, and the economics of agricultural development. Our research excellence has been recognized with numerous quality of research discovery and outstanding thesis awards. Through our Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy, we take great pride in bringing our research discoveries to bear on relevant policy issues.

We have a rich tradition of providing exceptionally high quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs include a Food and Agribusiness major in the Bachelor of Commerce program, a Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics major in the Bachelor of Arts, and an Environmental Economics and Policy major in the Bachelor of Science (Environment), alongside heavy involvement in the Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) program. In all of these undergraduate programs we focus on contributing to the development of future leaders in the agri-food and resource sectors.

Likewise, our Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs emphasize the application of contemporary theories and state-of-the art tools to problems related to food and agriculture, resource use and economic development. Our aim in these graduate programs is to train future research and policy leaders. This training emphasizes the importance of policy relevant and issues oriented research, communicated with clarity, purpose and meaning.

We also devote considerable attention to outreach and engagement with a broad community of stakeholders. Our FAREShare newsletter provides commentary and analysis informed by faculty and graduate student research. Our FARETalk podcasts provide in-depth discussion and insight from leading economic and policy thinkers on issues related to food, agriculture, resource use, and development. Through media interaction and various public forums, many FARE faculty comment actively on contemporary agri-food, resource and development issues.

Please enjoy our website, and if you are interested in finding out more about our undergraduate or graduate programs, research, or outreach activities, explore the other sections of our website.

John Cranfield, Chair