Morrisville State CollegeDepartment of Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Business

Agr. Business
One of every six jobs in the American economy are related to agricultural and food businesses.  The curriculum in Agricultural Business is designed to provide students with the technical and business skills necessary to be successful in our nation's largest industry.  Career opportunities in agribusiness range from managing a farm business to working in the banking or farm credit industries.  Ample opportunities are available in the management of farm supply stores or cooperatives, agricultural input sales, working in the insurance or real estate areas, and a number of agricultural processing and manufacturing industries.

The Agricultural Business major is designed to allow students to custom-tailor their educational program to fit their own personal wants and desires. The major is divided into three tracks to aid in this design process.

  • The Business Option allows students to prepare for careers in agricultural business by emphasizing training in accounting, marketing, management, and business organization. By placing more emphasis in these areas, students are encouraged to develop the management skills required to be successful in the business environment of agriculture, today and into the future.
  • The Technology Option allows students to specialize in a particular discipline, including animal science, crop production/agronomy, and agricultural engineering.  Each of these disciplines allow the students to develop technical in a specific area while developing the business skills required to effectively manage that technology.
  • The Transfer Option provides a general curriculum which allows students to fulfill basic requirements in science, mathematics, and English before transferring to a four-year school to finish a Bachelor of Science degree. Elective classes may be taken in the Agricultural Business area.

One of the common misconceptions about agricultural business is that all of the career opportunities are directly related to farming.  While one of every six jobs in the American economy is in the agribusiness sector, only about 10% of these jobs involve working on farms or dealing directly with farmers.

Classes in the Agricultural Business major cover a wide range of subject matters. Agricultural Economics, AGBS 100, gives students a basic background in the micro- and macro-economic relationships that exist within agriculture as well as how agriculture relates and contributes to the other sectors of the U.S. economy. Students may then choose to develop additional economic skills in marketing agricultural products (AGBS 200), agricultural business management (AGBS 230), farm management (AGBS 210), and/or agricultural finance (AGBS 220).

Students who choose the Agricultural Business curriculum generally choose careers in the following general areas:

  • Farm management
  • Agricultural retail store management
  • Agricultural finance
  • Farm input sales (seed, fertilizer, chemicals, feed)
  • Agricultural processing or manufacturing
  • Retail food buyer
  • Transfer to obtain a Bachelor Degree

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