Michigan PigsThe Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps (ARERC or “RRC”) is a group of  independent scientists, educators, and agricultural practitioners.

We work with local communities and organizations to investigate agri-food system change across the Upper Midwest and around the world.

Our work is organized around the notions that knowledge can translate into power, agricultural research can inform our understanding of what exists and inspire new ideas of what is possible on farms and off, and people and communities should be the primary decision-makers shaping our agri-food systems.

We conduct participatory research projects to help us understand what is already working in agricultural communities, what is not, and what we can do differently.