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  • Food and Resource Economics
    College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
    AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You
    Credits: 3; Prereq: not for FRE majors.
    The role of agriculture and economics: The how's and why's of their influence on food prices and the world food situation, the environment, natural resources and government policy; and economic issues, including inflation and money. (S)
    AEB 2451 Economics of Resource Use
    Credits: 3.
    An introduction to how economists value the environment and regulations designed to protect our natural resources from overuse and degradation. (S)
    AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 4; Prereq: MAC 2233/2311 or higher.
    An introduction to the field of food and resource economics, the principles of economics as applied to agriculture, and the economic problems of the agricultural industry and the individual farmer. (S)
    AEB 3114L Introduction to Agricultural Computer Applications
    Credits: 1.
    An introduction to computer application with specific emphasis on applications used in agricultural businesses. Specific applications include spreadsheets, databases, word processing and DOS.
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness
    Credits: 3.
    Introduction to basic financial and managerial decision-making for small agribusinesses.
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management
    Credits: 3.
    Introduction to agribusiness management principles, application of economic principles, budgeting techniques, and principles of strategy in agribusiness from management in the United States, particularly Florida. Emphasis is given to the financial and tax management strategies and the requirements imposed on agribusiness management by local, state and federal government regulatory agencies.
    AEB 3144 Introduction to Agricultural Finance
    Credits: 3.
    Basic financial statements, investment frameworks and theories of financial intermediation as applied to agricultural firms, along with an overview of financial institutions that provide capital to agriculture.
    AEB 3281 Agricultural Macroeconomics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: ECO 2013.
    An introduction to the world economy from a macroeconomic perspective that focuses on the links that arise from international trade and capital flows in the agricultural sector.
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 or AEB 2014 or ECO 2023 or ECO 2013.
    Examination of agricultural and food marketing from a system and individual firm perspective. Explores problems and issues associated with marketing functions and institutions at the industry level and with objectives and strategies of farms and agribusiness firms that market agricultural commodities and food products.
    AEB 3315 Futures Markets and Risk Management in Agriculture
    Credits: 3.
    Basic elements and principles of agricultural commodity marketing with emphasis on the futures industry. Includes use of futures markets for speculating and risk management for agriculture and finance. Student participation in a computerized futures trading game is required.
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically
    Credits: 3.
    Introduction to professional selling techniques for all products with special emphasis given to food and agricultural products, technical systems and services.
    AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 or ECO 2023. Credit cannot be received for both AEB 3450 and ECP 3302.
    Introduces students to natural and environmental resource economics. Emphasis is placed on understanding economic concepts such as resource scarcity, market failure, externality, property rights and common property resources and their application to studies of forest, land, water, energy and coastal resources.
    AEB 3510 Quantitative Methods in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 or ECO 2023, and MAC 2233 or MAC 2311.
    Develops the student's understanding of finite mathematical tools used in economics and business decision making. Topics include linear equations, matrix algebra and calculus. Lectures and problems show how these tools are used to examine economic, financial and managerial problems.
    AEB 3550 Agricultural Data Analysis in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 and AEB 3510 and STA 2023.
    Introduction to analysis of agricultural data. Incorporates statistical and agricultural economic theory into the analysis of agricultural problems. Knowledge in use of spreadsheets is assumed.
    AEB 3671 Comparative World Agriculture
    Credits: 3.
    The study of the business and economic situations of the food and agriculture sector around the world. Focuses on the historical development, the current situation and the future outlook of the food and agriculture sector. (N and S)
    AEB 3935 Food and Resource Economics Seminar
    Credits: 1.
    An introduction to the Department of Food and Resource Economics and career opportunities for its graduates.
    AEB 4085 Agricultural Risk Management and the Law
    Credits: 3.
    Develops an understanding of the basic concepts of common and statutory law. Identifies and addresses current legal issues of importance at the personal and professional levels. Develops an understanding of risk and the solutions for managing risk and relates the concepts of risk management and law in limiting exposure to legal liability.
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
    Credits: 3.
    Legal aspects of agricultural rights, responsibilities and problems. Topics include agricultural estate and income taxation, zoning and land use planning, Capper-Volstead Act, international agricultural agreements, agricultural labor and consumer protection.
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing.
    An examination of the political, economic, environmental and ethical value issues involved in agricultural practices and policies, including agricultural research.
    (H or S) (WR)
    AEB 4136 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3133.
    Integration of management principles to solve problems faced by agricultural and agribusinesses. Emphasis on the elements of business and financial planning for entrepreneurs.
    AEB 4138 Advanced Agribusiness Management
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 and AEB 3144; agribusiness majors.
    Integration of finance and management to solve problems faced by agricultural firms and agribusinesses. In addition to lectures, students will work in small groups to identify and to analyze case studies from agricultural and rural businesses.
    AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 or ECO 2023.
    Explores the role of international trade policy in agriculture and examines the effects of trade policies on domestic and international prices, consumption, production, trade and government revenues. Addresses impact of current trade issues on the agricultural sector. (S)
    AEB 4274 Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 or ECO 2023.
    The role of government in natural resource and environmental management. Discussion of the role of government includes an historical perspective on the evolution of natural resource and environmental policies and programs. Surveys current public policies and programs at the state and federal and identifies institutions that address international and global and environmental issues. Considers the role of the economist as policy analyst, providing information on likely consequences of policy options.
    AEB 4282 International Humanitarian Assistance
    Credits: 3.
    Emergency assistance to developing countries to minimize losses and affect recovery. Includes legal/ethical bases; program designs promoting recovery, rather than dependence; cultural issues, including gender; and technical aspects.
    (N and S)
    AEB 4283 International Development Policy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 or AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023.
    A study of how factors such as poverty, population, technology, resources, trade and the environment affect man's effort to develop. The roles of the public and private sectors are discussed as well as the process of policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon the agricultural sector and its role in process of economic development, especially in countries where problems of hunger, demographic pressure and poverty are pervasive. (S)
    AEB 4306 Agricultural Marketing Strategies 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    The strategic process of formulating and implementing marketing strategies unique to the agriculture industry.
    AEB 4309 Food Wholesaling and Retail Marketing
    Credits: 3.
    Food industry trends, issues and opportunities that exist in the U.S. and the world. Guest lecturers and recent trade publications provide students with a command of wholesaling and retail food management.
    AEB 4325 Contemporary Issues in Agribusiness Management
    Credits: 3; Coreq: AEB 4138 or AEB 4342.
    A capstone course utilizing economic concepts to address the interaction between the political process that legislates domestic agricultural, environmental and international trade policy, micro and macro economic principles, private business decisions taken by firms in response to public policies, and ethical considerations in developing and implementing public policy.
    AEB 4334 Agricultural Price Analysis and Consumer Behavior
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3103 and AEB 3550.
    Quantitative measurement of factors affecting agricultural and resource prices; seasonal and cyclical fluctuations; index measures of price and quantity variables; theory and application of consumer behavior principles.
    AEB 4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing Management
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3133; FRE majors in the agribusiness specialization.
    Application of marketing and management principles to agribusiness and food marketing problems faced by managers. Emphasis on case problems, group projects, oral presentations and written assignments.
    AEB 4343 International Agribusiness Marketing
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEB 3300.
    Problems, issues, regulations, policies and procedures unique to the global agribusiness marketing of perishable and storable agricultural commodities and food products. Combines firm-level agribusiness marketing concepts with international agribusiness marketing and export management applications. (S)
    AEB 4380 Agricultural Marketing Strategies
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    The decision-making activities necessary to launch a new agricultural product successfully. The marketing plan development for this course follows the guidelines of the National Agri-Marketing Association Marketing Competition.
    AEB 4424 Human Resources Management in Agribusiness
    Credits: 3.
    Issues involved in the strategic and effective management of human resources in agribusiness. Human resource management concepts and techniques designed to improve agribusiness organizational teamwork, productivity, performance and enterprise success. Course explores the unique aspects of labor management and includes application through use of case problems, triad and video techniques.
    AEB 4905 Special Problems in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
    Individual study in selected problem areas of interest to the student and agreeable to the instructor.
    AEB 4911 Supervised Research in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits.
    Firsthand, authentic research in food and resource economics under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)
    AEB 4915 Honors Thesis Research in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: junior standing, upper division GPA of 3.75 or higher and completed honors thesis proposal on file.
    Independent research in food and resource economics leading to an honors thesis. Student will be mentored by a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)
    AEB 4931 Special Topics in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
    Lectures, conferences or laboratory covering specially selected topics in food and resource economics.
    AEB 4941 Full-Time Practical Work Experience in Food and Resource Economics
    Credits: 1 to 3; Prereq: previous arrangement with adviser and undergraduate coordinator and dean permissions.
    Practical work must be a new experience and related to the field of study. (S-U)
    AEB 4951 Survey of Agricultural Economics
    Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with a change in content up to 4 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
    Course trains students to think on their feet with respect to topics in the agricultural economics discipline. While individual courses tend to focus on a particular set of skills, this course enhances the student's ability to access the range of skills they acquired in past courses.
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