Financial Security

Imagine...Financial Security

People become better decision makers in their jobs and for their families when they can use knowledge that comes from sound research. In the College of ACES, we place a premium on learning through experience.  Our students are learning how to help people apply management and business disciplines to food systems, combine technical know-how in life sciences and engineering with business expertise, and counsel people on strategies to achieve lifetime financial security.

Scholars in ACES are renowned for their skillful and diverse contributions, from accounting and finance to marketing and risk management. Their efforts are consciously seasoned with real-world applications in areas of the economy broadly related to agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences.

ACES integrates perspectives on prosperity and financial security with the study of families and communities, globally integrated value chains, resource management, and local and international economic policies. ACES prepares people, young and old, to manage a family’s or firm’s financial affairs, succeed in agriculturally oriented pursuits, or to contribute to economically vibrant and sustainable communities.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Scott Irwin
Commodity markets
Dr. Scott Irwin
Dr. Scott Irwin’s focus has always been on research that addresses timely and relevant questions of broad interest to commodity market participants, regulators, and policymakers. His specific research interests include price analysis and forecasting, forecast evaluation, performance of market advisory services, agricultural risk management, commodity market efficiency, and the behavior and role of speculators in commodity markets. Dr. Irwin’s research results have been widely used by U.S. farmers, guiding many of their financial decisions.


Professor Todd Kuethe

In Farm Management (ACE 432) students gain expertise in evaluating and making decisions similar to those faced by farm operators and managers. The course goals are that students understand basic economic principles as they relate to farm management decision making, that they can evaluate potential decision outcomes and recommendations on potential management decisions, and that they