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

Commodity marketing
Dr. Mindy Mallory

Dr. Mindy Mallory’s research focuses on commodity markets, price analysis, risk modeling, and time series econometrics.  She investigates how biofuel production has impacted agricultural commodity markets.  She also studies traditional topics in the commodity marketing area relating spot, forward, and futures markets.


Dr. Nicholas Paulson

ACE 345 covers fundamental finance topics, including the system of financial statements, time value of money, and capital budgeting. Dr. Nicholas Paulson aims to increase students’ basic financial knowledge along with introducing them to risk management and credit.

“Regardless of where you end up, some basic financial knowledge is very useful in life,” Dr. Paulson says. “We cover