My name is John Cranfield. [music]
I’m a professor and chair in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. The research in our
department addresses all sorts of issues
related to food, agricultural and resource use. It ranges everything
from farmland valuation and agricultural
production practices to what people put in
their grocery cart, on a plate, or in their
mouth when they’re making choices about
foods that they eat. Our students focus
on a number of different issues that
are relevant to the global economy. We have students
working on research projects that look at
how consumers react to information related
to biotechnology in the context of
food production, to trying to understand a
farmer’s use of business risk management
and agricultural policy programs, to trying to understand
how climate change might impact on crop yields. FARE stands for the
Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. The research in our
department is quite relevant to what we
see in the everyday life of Canadians and
people around the world. We know that Canada
produces more food than we can consume
and so we export a lot of our production. We also important
at various times of the year because
we can’t grow fruits and vegetables in the
middle of winter. In order to
understand solutions to some of these
global problems it’s very important
that we have facts and evidence. The students in
our department work on research
that try to answer questions based on
their analysis of data and use that data
and analysis to inform policy recommendations. Through our media
interaction and various public forums many
FARE faculty comment actively on contemporary
agri-food, resource and development issues. Our faculty and graduate
student research helps to connect people with the world’s natural
resource base and are at the heart of
many global issues that are relevant today. We have exceptional teachers and our track record for
receiving teaching awards and recognition
demonstrates that. Our thesis-based
Master of Science program can be completed
in two years while our PhD program
can be completed in four years. Our course-based
Master’s in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
can be completed in four or five semesters. We take a lot of pride
as a department in the relationship
that we have with the students
in our programs. Our department is
extremely collegial and our faculty
welcome student interaction both in and outside
of the classroom. Students receive
significant one on one attention and many
students publish with their faculty. Graduate students
in the department are treated as colleagues. We know that for
every one graduate there’s three jobs in
the agri-food sector. It’s a really exciting
time to study Food, Agricultural and
Resource Economics. [music]