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. Benjamin Crost
Conflict economics
Dr. Benjamin Crost
Dr. Ben Crost is an applied economist who studies civil conflict, crime and risky behaviors. He has done extensive research on the effects of aid interventions on the dynamics of ongoing civil conflicts. His most recent work explores the mechanisms through which climate change and commodity price shocks affect agriculture, conflict, and state fragility. He hopes that a better understanding of these mechanisms can inform the design of adaptive policies that prevent conflict and limit the negative effects of climate change on agriculture and human well-being.


Professor Mindy Mallory

Commodity Price Analysis (ACE 427) teaches the basics of analyzing commodity prices from a fundamental perspective. The course covers supply and demand fundamentals, how they impact price, and how to track them with USDA reports.

“Students come away from ACE 427 being able to intelligently pay attention to commodity markets. I begin the class by having students listen to a market report