ARE has an active research program. Agricultural and Resource Economics research activities are supported primarily with state and federal funds allocated through the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS). Other funds are provided by grants from the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation and the Tobacco Foundation. Agreements with state and federal agencies as well as with private firms provide additional funds for agricultural economics research activities.
ARE sponsors workshops for faculty and students to share information and ideas.Regularly scheduled workshops include those in Agricultural Economics, Econometrics, Natural Resources and International Trade. The workshop series in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics constitutes an important component of the research activities of faculty and students. ARE faculty collaborate with economists in the Department of Economics in the College of Management. The two departments of economics jointly sponsor the Economics Graduate Program.