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. Hans Stein
Improving sustainability of swine production
Dr. Hans Stein
Research in the Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory aims at increasing productivity, economic returns, and sustainability of swine production. Examples of Dr. Hans Stein's work include research that demonstrates that addition of the exogenous enzyme phytase to diets fed to pigs and use of modern formulation principles may result in a reduction in phosphorus manure output from pigs by more than 50%. Likewise, the digestible energy contribution from some grain co-products can be increased by at least 10% by use of the exogenous enzyme xylanase. Both of these technologies will result in reduced nutrient output in the manure and improved economic return from swine production.


Dr. Gary Schnitkey

ACE 444 equips students with advanced skills in asset pricing, equity and debt investment, portfolio theory and diversification, asset allocation, financial risk management, and financial intermediation and regulation emphasizing applications in financial planning and agricultural finance.

“The students learn how individuals make investments to save for retirement or other future needs