One out of every 12 jobs in the economy is connected in some way, shape or form to what happens on the farm.

~ Tom Vilsack, Former United States Secretary of Agriculture

WHAT IS AGRIBUSINESS?

Agribusiness is the coordination of all activities that contribute to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources. Agribusiness is a high-tech industry that uses satellite systems, computer databases and spreadsheets, biotechnology, and many other innovations to increase efficiency and profitability.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:

  • Equipment/Ag System Sales Rep
  • Parts Manager
  • Dealer Services Rep
  • Construction Foreman
  • Livestock Hauler

  • Ranch/Farm Manager
  • Feed Mill Operator/Manager
  • Livestock Buyer
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Association Rep
  • Animal Welfare Specialist
  • Feed & Health Sales Rep

  • Sales Representative: Food, Feed, Seed, Fuel
  • HR Manager
  • Insurance Agent
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Supply Chain Manager/Logistics Analyst
  • Accountant

  • Marketing Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Brand Manager
  • Ag Journalist/Broadcaster
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Ag Lobbyist

  • Extension Agent
  • Extension Youth Program Coordinator
  • Event Manager
  • College Recruiter
  • Career Services Counselor

  • Energy Sales Specialist
  • Bio-security Monitor
  • Sawmill Operator

  • Crop Adjuster
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Seed and Fertilizer Rep
  • Commodity Merchandiser
  • Elevator/Co-op Manager

Agriculture is now, as it's always been, the basis of civilization.

 ~ President Theodore Roosevelt

Business Administration Degree

Complete all of the following:

ECN 101 Microeconomics
ECN 102 Macroeconomics
ACTG 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACTG 211 Managerial Accounting
BA 100 Survey of Business
BA 150 Microsoft Training: Word and Excel
BA 151 Microsoft Training: PowerPoint and Access
BA 310 Principles of Management
BA 320 Principles of Marketing
BA 330 Business Law
BA 340 Corporate Financial Management
BA 350 Business Information Systems
BA 419 Business Strategy
BA 398/498 Field Experience – Internship

Complete all of the following:
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics
PHIL 215 Ethics for Life and Career

The Professional Development Series workshops are administered through the Office of Career Development and Internships. It is recommended that students complete this program by the end of their junior year. At the latest, the program should be completed by the end of the fall semester of the senior year. There are no alternative mechanisms for students to complete Business Administration degree without first completing all six seminars.

Complete all of the following:

BA 102A Resume/Cover Letter Writing
BA 102B Job Search Success
BA 102C Interviewing Strategies
BA 102D Dress for Success
BA 102E Dining Etiquette
BA 102F Life After College

Agribusiness Concentration

Complete all of the following:

BA 105 Introduction to Agronomy / Crop Production
BA 250 Precision Farming Systems
BA 315 Agriculture Management
BA 316 Agriculture Finance
BA 357 Agriculture Marketing
BA 401 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

Students interested in certain ag supporting businesses will take the following elective:

  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics Courses

Students interested in the plant/animal sciences will take:

  • BIO 260: Ecology and Conservation
  • BIO 201 General Botany
  • BIO 211 General Zoology
  • BIO 312 Animal Development and Diversity
  • BIO 302 Plant Morphology

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All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements.

Agribusiness Professors

Timothy Furlong

Assistant Professor of Agribusiness
Science Hall: Room 211
319-329-8746

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Gail Kunch

Assistant Professor of Biology and Agribusiness
Science Hall
319-385-6255

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