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Department of Agricultural Economics

Programs and Centers

Arthur Capper Cooperative Center

The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center (ACCC) in the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics was established on June 11, 1984 by an agreement between Kansas State University and the Kansas Cooperative Council. Our purpose is to determine, develop and deliver research and education for the cooperative community.The Center's primary goal is to enhance society's understanding of the nature and role of cooperatives. We strive to develop and deliver innovative and integrated research and educational programs that are of direct interest to cooperatives. To do so, we encourage and need an open dialogue between Kansas State University, cooperative leaders in Kansas and other university and industry contacts across the United States.

Center for Risk Management Education and Research

The Center for Risk Management Education & Research at Kansas State University seeks to enhance the understanding of economic risks inherent in our global society through world-class experiential education and research. By providing students and business professionals with the information and tools necessary to identify, quantify, and manage risk, the Center complements Kansas State University's 2025 Vision. Additionally, the Center will eagerly, aggressively, and earnestly support the greater University mission of advancing the well-being of our state, country and the international community.

Kansas Farm Management Association

With more than 80 years of experience serving producers, the Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) maintains a long term commitment to Kansas agriculture. Twenty-five KFMA Economists, comprise the professional staff of the KFMA program.  The Economists work cooperatively with farm families to provide members with production and financial management information for use in decision making.

The primary goal of the KFMA program is to provide each member with information that can be used to help make farm and family decisions.  KFMA Economists assist producers by providing the following information and services:

  • Sound farm accounting systems
  • On-farm visists
  • Accrual basis whole-farm and enterprise analysis
  • Financial benchmarks for comparing performance with similar farms
  • Year-end tax planning and management
  • Integrated tax planning, marketing and asset investing strategies
  • Assistance with estate planning and farm succession planning
  • Guidance for business entity and structure planning
  • Improved decision making

The Kansas Farm Management Association Program is organized into six regional associations.  The K-Mar-105 Association serves as the central information processing unit for the six Associations.  K-MAR-105 maintains data banks that are used extensively for Agricultural Economics Research and Extension activities.


K-MAR-105 Association is a non-profit educational corporation associated with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, the Farm Management Association, and K-State Research and Extension.

K-MAR-105 has provided financial accounting systems and financial performance benchmarks to agricultural producers since 1968.  They provide data processing services that include financial statements and whole-farm and enterprise benchmarks for farm business organizations.

Master of Agribusiness

K-State’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) is an award-winning, distance education graduate degree program that focuses on food and agribusiness management. Not an MBA in agribusiness, and not an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, but a professional degree program training managers for one of the most rapidly changing industries today.  The program delivered executive style to working professionals that range in age from 25 to 55 and work in every sector of the food, agribusiness and animal health industry.  Students of the program are located in 40 states within the U.S. and in more than 30 countries abroad  including: Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, India, Italy, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Senegal, Singapore, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Office of Local Government

The Office of Local Government provides educational outreach, technical assistance, applied research, and information and referral services to city and county governments, local organizations, the county Extension network and citizens throughout Kansas. These services relate to three broad and interconnected program areas: local and regional economic development practice and policy, local public service organization and finance, and natural resource management and land use planning.