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 seven 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 options for specialization: public policy and farm and ranch management.
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.