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

Agribusiness
Business consultant
College/university faculty*
Commodity merchandiser
Crop supervisor 
Farm co-op manager
Human resource manager
Insurance agent
International business
Loan officer
Manager
Marketing specialist
Operations analyst
Plant supervisor
Production agriculture manager

Agricultural economics
Agricultural economist
Agriculture policy analyst
Attorney
College/university faculty*
Consultant
Cooperative extension agent
Farmers/Ranchers/Agricultural Managers
Financial analyst
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
http://www.ageconomics.k-state.edu

American Agricultural Economics Association
http://www.aaea.org/

K-State Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club
http://www.agecon.ksu.edu/ageconagbus

National Agri-Marketing Association
http://www.nama.org

USDA Careers
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Contact_Us/Opportunities/index.asp

AgCareers
http://www.agcareers.com/

K-State Research and Extension AgManager
http://www.agmanager.info/