Agricultural Economics

(including agribusiness)

A major in agricultural economics or agribusiness addresses issues in marketing, farm management, agricultural finance and trade, and natural resource use and management. Students in these programs learn to deal with the constantly changing economy and make decisions concerning risk and uncertainty of agricultural production, reliance on natural resources, key aspects of institutions that govern food and agriculture, and the competitive structures within agribusiness. Employment opportunities range over a wide spectrum from marketing, finance, and management, to service in government or industry organizations.

Related career titles

Business consultant
College/university faculty*
Commodity merchandiser/Broker/Trader
Credit Analyst
Crop supervisor 
Farm co-op manager
Financial Analyst/Auditor
Human resource manager
Insurance agent
International business
Loan officer
Marketing specialist
Operations analyst
Plant supervisor
Production agriculture manager

Agricultural economics
Agricultural economist
Agriculture policy analyst
College/university faculty*
Cooperative extension agent
Farmers/Ranchers/Feedlot manager
Food/grain broker
Grain elevator manager
Import/export agent
International development specialist
Market researcher
Natural resource manager
Sustainable agriculture

*Additional training required for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC*

Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Careers in Focus: Agriculture
Great Jobs for Economics Majors
Careers in Business
Opportunities in Farming and Agriculture Careers
Opportunities in Insurance Careers

*Books are available for checkout

Related agricultural economics links

K-State Department of Agricultural Economics

American Agricultural Economics Association

K-State Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club

National Agri-Marketing Association

USDA Careers


K-State Research and Extension AgManager