The theories about how to distribute limited resources to fulfill certain needs can be applied to real-world situations when one studies applied economics. At Utah State University’s Department of Applied Economics, there is a specific focus on studying these economic issues as they pertain to rural communities and agribusiness. In the research provided in this collection, there are not only papers about local needs and food-based products but also broader concerns related to applied economics, such as how natural disasters, disease, historic sites, the environment, crimes, etc. can affect the economy. By studying economic situations at the local, national, and international level, people everywhere can gain a greater understanding on how the manufacture, distribution, and use of goods and services works in real-world situations.