The field of agricultural economics deals with the economic and social issues related to food, fiber, biofuels and natural resources.
In a world with more than six billion people, a growing population and limited natural resources, it is fair to say that agricultural economists face a challenging role in the future of humankind.
How the planet will manage its natural resources while simultaneously increasing its production of food, fiber and biofuels in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand, will greatly depend on the unique skills of future agricultural economists leaders.
Two majors are offered through the department:
- agricultural economics
- agribusiness management
Both majors fall under the umbrella of the field of agricultural economics. Furthermore, the agricultural economics major contains three options for specialization: public policy, farm and ranch management, and financial planning.
In both agribusiness and public policy, our department is consistently ranked among the top in the nation within the agricultural economics field.
Graduates in Demand
Graduates in agricultural economics and agribusiness management receive a unique combination of quantitative and analytical skills rarely found in other degrees.
This unique combination is highly desirable by companies, government entities, NGOs, law programs and various graduate programs that recruit our students.
Graduates with a degree in agricultural economics or agribusiness management have many career options, including working as:
- Economists for state and federal agencies and NGOs.
- Marketing specialists for state and federal agencies.
- Policy analysts.
- Commodity merchandisers or traders for multinational corporations, cooperatives or small businesses.
- Marketing managers or analysts for multinational corporations, cooperatives or small businesses.
- Sales managers for multinational corporations, cooperatives or small businesses.
- Consultants for consulting firms, banks, multinational corporations, cooperatives or small businesses.
- Managers for resource, food or commodity production or processing facilities.
- Financial analysts for banks, cooperatives, multinational corporations or small businesses.
- New business entrepreneurs.
- Professional farm or ranch managers.
Sample Course Sequence
The bachelors of science (B.S.) degree in Agribusiness Management is a distinctive degree for students pursuing management careers in the agribusiness field, including all levels of the food, fiber and biofuels supply chain.
Graduates from this program gain the skills needed in management, finance, marketing and strategy to successfully work in careers that require professionals to master the understanding of the uniqueness of this supply chain.
Sample Course Sequence
The bachelors of science (B.S.) degree in agricultural economics offers three options that a student can choose to specialize in:
- Public policy.
- Farm and ranch management.
- Financial planning.
Agricultural economists acquire the skills to become effective and efficient decision makers as policy leaders, modern farm production managers and other managerial positions in modern agriculture.