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. Rob Knox
Breeding herd management
Dr. Rob Knox
Dr. Rob Knox’s research is centered on improving livestock breeding herd management. He explores ways to increase genetic progress and capture production efficiency by new artificial insemination technology. In addition, he focuses his efforts for production management on the females in the breeding herd, and examines the effects on animal housing, movement, and management on fertility and longevity in the herd.


Paul Stoddard

For most students, ACE 222: Agricultural Marketing is their first in-depth exposure to futures markets, options, and hedging. Instructor Paul Stoddard says that this introductory course gives students a deeper look at how buyers and sellers use various tools to manage price risk.

“We put a big emphasis on cash markets, bases, futures markets, and options and address how buyers and