Agricultural Research, Development, and Education

We are advancing agriculture worldwide with our knowledge of environmental sciences, pollution control technologies and practices, food security, food safety and risk assessment, agricultural economics, and biofuels and microbial technology development.

Our multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and innovation uses skills such as multimedia modeling and geographic information systems to assess and plan site-specific, regional, and national strategies that promote and enhance both sustainable agriculture and sustainable environments. Our outreach programs communicate effective environmental management practices to the agricultural community.

Agricultural, Resource, and Energy Economics and Policy Program

The RTI Global Climate Change and Environmental Sciences office has established the Agricultural, Resource, and Energy Economics and Policy (AREEP) Program. Led by Robert Beach, PhD, AREEP specializes in economic modeling and policy analysis of actions affecting the agricultural and forestry sectors, natural resources, and energy and assesses the effects on those sectors as well as economy-wide impacts.

Focus Areas and Capabilities

Example Projects


Helping Livestock and Poultry Operations Manage Nutrients
Marion Deerhake and colleague help farmers manage nutrients

RTI and North Carolina State University's Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center helped livestock and poultry farmer... Read more »


Robert H. Beach
Senior Research Economist
Mary K. Muth
Director, Food and Nutrition Policy Research