Agribusiness Economics & Management

B.S. in Agribusiness Economics & Management

Applying economics for a better world

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Pursue a practical business degree that prepares you for everything from banking to buying, finances to farm management.

In the B.S. in Agribusiness Economics & Management program, students apply economic principles and business strategies to manage resources, improve productivity, and ensure sustainability in their chosen career path. Whether you aspire to be an entrepreneur, financial analyst or farm manager, this program offers the practical knowledge and hands-on experience needed to make a meaningful impact in the world of agribusiness. Gain a competitive business advantage, while keeping a people- and planet-focused perspective.

Students in the Agribusiness Economics & Management (ABEM) major can choose one of two emphases:

ABEM with Management Emphasis: Access a highly employable career in agricultural business management with training focused on real-world data and experience-based learning.

ABEM with Economics Emphasis: Develop the skills to lead businesses toward responsible use of financial, natural and agricultural resources in local, national and international settings.

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences offers $1 million in scholarships to our students! Combine these options with university scholarships and support from privately funded scholarships and you're well on your way to achieving your educational goals at a price you can afford.

Students in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics have exclusive access to nearly $7,500 program-specific scholarships, awarded from 4 different scholarships -- in addition to $230,000 in scholarships that are available to all or most CALES students.

A degree in agribusiness and applied economics prepares you for careers and graduate programs in agricultural policy, management and business. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for agricultural managers was $83,770 per year and the median pay for economists was $115,730 per year (2023).

Although your career possibilities are limitless, here are some example career paths our students follow:

  • Farm and ranch manager: Hire and supervise farm and livestock workers as you plan, direct, and coordinate efficient, sustainable site operations.
  • Financial analyst: Develop and lead industry research, prepare industry updates, and review and assess emerging risks associated with investing in various industries.
  • Food category manager: Oversee retail operations and serve as the in-store expert on the visual merchandising, management, and sale of certain groups of types of products.
  • Wholesale buyer: Analyze buying trends, sales records, price, and quality to advise companies about purchasing and vendor selection and monitoring.

Management Emphasis:
Economics of Futures Markets
Poverty & Development of Nations
Financial Management for Agribusiness
Economics Emphasis:
Economic Analysis Water, Food & Environmental Policy
The Food Economy - Efficiencies, Gaps and Policies​
Economic Statistics