Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) deals with issues related to the sustainable use of natural resources, including land, water, and energy. Analyses are used to improve the outcomes of decisions made by individuals, firms, organizations, and government agencies. As of March 2020, ARE department of UConn ranks in the top 25 Agricultural and Resource Economics Research Institutions world-wide, and is 17th among Agricultural and Resource Economics Departments at universities in the United States.
Professor Sandro Steinbach and Professor Colin Carter from the University of California Davis are creating tools that measure the effects retaliatory trade policies on U.S. agricultural exports. The researchers received a $485,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study more than 8,000 impacted commodities.
Got Allergies? Have a beetle! Professor Sandro Steinbach co-lead a multidisciplinary team that measured the healthcare costs of common ragweed's European invasion, and the countervailing impact of a second invasive species - the leaf beetle. “Assessing the human health impacts of invasive alien species is a difficult task; it requires collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, including plant and insect ecology, aerobiology, medicine, and economics.” says Steinbach. Read more about this story in UConn Today.
Professor Sandro Steinbach finds that California's wine, walnuts, oranges, and table grapes were the export commodities most affected by tariffs imposed as part of the US-China trade war. Since the beginning of the trade war, China has taken advantage of the opportunity to continue diversifying its agricultural supply chains. Read more about this topic.
The Zwick Center releases a new study that quantifies Connecticut green industry’s economic impact.