UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Agricultural Business New Format

Agricultural Business

Program Overview

The Agricultural Business major combines elements of technical agriculture, business and economics into a powerful and comprehensive course of study. The major is well-suited for students who plan on a career in farming or agribusiness.

Highlights of the Agricultural Business Major

  • In a recent study by The Wall Street Journal, Agricultural Business majors had the 8th highest rate of employment out of 166 majors studied.
  • While more than 25,000 management positions are expected to open each year in the agricultural sector (USDA), there are only half that many agricultural business graduates entering the workforce annually, resulting in an abundance of jobs.
  • Virtually all agribusiness graduates in the past four years have found related employment or have gone on to graduate school.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Apply economic theory and analytical skills, such as supply and demand, price analysis, marketing, sales and risk management.
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences in written, oral and graphic formats.
  • Understand how government policy affects agribusiness managers.
  • Use data and information (budgets, statistics, etc.) to make sound business decisions.
  • Make ethical business decisions.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the agricultural business field. Below is a list of potential job titles and companies that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Job Titles

  • Farm Loan Officer
  • Rural Appraiser
  • Dairy Plant Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Grain Elevator Manager
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Agronomy Salesperson

Employers

  • Land O'Lakes
  • Winfield
  • Purina
  • CHS
  • Growmark
  • WI Farm Credit Services 
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Community Banks

Related Programs

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Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Agricultural Studies

Business Administration

Accounting