Our faculty conduct applied research and analysis of major policies important to U.S. and Arizona agriculture. This includes federal Farm Bill programs dealing with crop insurance, farm income support, disaster aid, nutrition, and conservation. In addition, faculty also conduct research on energy and international trade issues. U.S. – Mexico trade is of particular interest, especially trade patterns and policies affecting the Arizona economy. Further, our faculty examine the economic consequences of inter-state and international trade disputes. Extension efforts focus on assisting Arizona farmers with developing risk management strategies and understanding federal programs as well as measuring policy effects on state and local, county economic performance and employment.