ACE 456: Agricultural and Food Policies
Analysis of agricultural and food policies and programs and their effects on producers and consumers of agricultural products. Formulation of agricultural and food policies are examined with an emphasis on historical and current economic problems affecting agriculture and rural America.
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
Instructor Teaching the Course:
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Dr. Ben Gramig
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See when the course is offered as well as section details here: https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/terms/ACE/456
Spring 2019 Restrictions
There are graduate and undergraduate sections of this course, so students should enroll in the section that corresponds with their class standing.
Additional Course Information
Read more about what Dr. Gramig has to say about ACE 456!
Is this class discussion-based or lecture-based? How would you describe your teaching style?
The class is predominantly lecture-based. The instructor strives to interact as much with students as possible, encouraging questions throughout and frequently asks students to answers questions about assigned readings during lecture.
How are students evaluated (e.g. multiple choice or essay tests, papers, etc.)?
Exams are a combination of multiple choice, problem solving and short-answer/essay format. There are several problem sets and policy analysis memo writing assignments throughout the semester.
What careers does this course help prepare students to pursue?
Students interested in careers in policy analysis or advocacy, public policy/administration, law, or agricultural economics will find the course material and analytical tools helpful.
What courses can students take to prepare for this material?
Only the pre-req (Econ 302) is required, but some background in agricultural policy in ACE 199 (Coppess) or ACE291 (Scholl) would be helpful and is highlt recommended for students interested in a career in agricultural, environmental or rural development policy.
In what ways does this course prepare students to move through the program and/or into the work force?
Course develops analytical skills and seeks to advance students’ ability to communicate economic analysis to non-specialist audiences.
What is your background in Agricultural and Consumer Economics?
Prof. Gramig has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics. He has worked in the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, and actively conducts research on agri-environmental policy and natural resource use.
What is your attendance policy?
Attendance is not required, but is expected and is normally highly correlated with student success.