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Agribusiness Major

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Grow a Career in Agribusiness

Agribusiness involves one in every four jobs in Nebraska and one in every five in the nation, including careers in farm management, lending, renewable natural resources, finance and sales.

As demand builds on the world’s food supply, are you interested in helping produce, finance and market the food, fiber and energy products we need? As an agribusiness major, you’ll learn skills to help you meet the unique challenges facing this industry – from farm to fork.

Nebraska provides a powerful combination of agriculture and food system courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) along with business courses taken in the College of Business (CoB). Agriculture is the cornerstone of the program, enhanced with decision-making, management and strategic skills required in today's global marketplace. There is plenty of opportunity to connect with agribusiness leaders – and to choose courses that prepare you for your specific career interests.

Areas of Emphasis

CASNR:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Commodity Marketing and Merchandising
  • Food Product Marketing and Management
  • Livestock Industries
  • Pre-Law

CoB:

  • Agribusiness (General Option)
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What You'll Learn

  • Prepare for careers in areas such as trade, real estate and livestock management. You will learn how to use evidence-based decision making for business and gain a global mindset by cultivating skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and civic engagement.
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Learning Outcomes

  • Establish basic literacy in international trade and how it impacts agricultural markets and policy issues.
  • Apply business principles along with analytical methods to practical issues and problems in food, agriculture, business, community vitality, and natural resources.
  • Understand internal forces that have an impact upon United States agriculture and the domestic economy.
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Career Connections

  • Learn how to lead people and manage operations.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to make effective business management decisions.
  • Learn how commodities are traded from producers to final consumers.

How You’ll Learn

Hands-On Learning Experiences

  • Collaborate on real-world projects for companies or clients.
  • Learn to make better business decisions by analyzing real-world data using the latest technology available in the Commodity Marketing Lab (CASNR) and Trading Room (CoB).
  • Explore specialized areas of agriculture through coursework that enables you to manage livestock, analyze food properties, or work in greenhouses and fields.

Transferable Career Skills

  • Confidently navigate complex projects and environments.
  • Apply analytical skills to real-world problems.
  • Make and evaluate business decisions to ensure profitability, efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Social Connections

Making a Difference

  • Assist rural business owners and community leaders to enhance local resources as a fellow through Rural Prosperity Nebraska.
  • Pitch your business idea that makes life better for people in the New Venture Competition for a chance at a $15,000 grand prize.
  • Do your part to make the world more sustainable and have a global impact with your food production.

Core Academics

  • Customize your degree by focusing your coursework to your interests and goals.
  • Learn how to introduce a new food product into a consumer market.
  • Develop a strong foundation in business through coursework in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

Research / Grad School Prep

Program Features

Research and Academic Opportunities

Study Abroad Opportunities

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Study European Culture and Food Production

Explore the Spanish countryside, walk the streets of Barcelona and Paris and experience the agricultural foundation of the iconic cuisines of these two countries. You'll tour vineyards, visit olive oil facilities and learn first-hand from experts throughout the region about European food production.

Brazil

Learn About Tropical Agricultural Regions in Brazil

Experience Brazil, a melting pot of people, passions and tastes! Discover the tropical bio-based economy of São Paulo and explore its biodiversity, animal production, water management and rural environment social issues. In your final presentation, you’ll compare their practices with those of the U.S.

CASNR Study Abroad Programs CoB Study Abroad Programs

Student Organizations

These clubs provide a great way to challenge yourself with a leadership position, gain experience and make meaningful connections along the way.

UNL Chapter of National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)

Connects students to professionals in marketing, advertising, communications, sales and promotion about the various career opportunities available in agri-marketing. Develops students' managerial, leadership and presentation skills through workshops and competitions.

American Marketing Association (AMA)

Connects students with faculty and marketing professionals to deepen their marketing expertise, provides exposure to cutting-edge marketing practices and fosters a marketing community based on knowledge sharing. Actively prepares its members for success through guest speakers, national contests and competitions, and more.

Commodity Marketing Club

Offers experiences like job shadows, industry tours and national trading challenges. Learn more about market changes, terminology, and hedging different commodities.

AgEcon/Agribusiness Club

Connects agricultural economics and agribusiness students by participating in leadership workshops and training. Network with recent alumni and learn more about career paths that exist within these fields.

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Serves as a campus-wide community dedicated to providing young entrepreneurs with the resources and connections to be successful. Get the hands-on experience needed to turn ideas into businesses.

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Recent Agribusiness Student Placements

Internships

  • Retail Credit Intern, Farm Credit Services of America
  • Grain Merchandising Intern, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Operations Intern, Alff Construction
  • Global Irrigation Product Support Specialist, Lindsay Company
  • Adjuster Intern, Rain and Hail

Careers

  • Crop Consultant, Central Valley Ag
  • Agronomy Sales Trainee, Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI)
  • Grain Merchandiser, Gavilon
  • Seed Technician, Monsanto
  • Tractor House Sales Representative, Sandhills Global

Graduate Schools

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master of Professional Accountancy, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Juris Doctor, University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

4-Year Plans and Notable Courses

You can take this major as a student in the College of Business (CoB) or the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Learn more how to choose what’s best for you.

Explore the curriculum through each college’s 4-year plan for the agribusiness major. To earn your bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, you’ll take 120 credit hours of classes. That’s four to five classes a semester, on average.

CASNR Agribusiness 4-Year Plans CoB Agribusiness 4-Year Plans

Plant Science (PLAS 131)

Learn about the biology of plants grown for food, feed, fuel, fiber and fun! Starting with natural and managed ecosystems and their interactions, the course then introduces how plants obtain and manage water and nutrients before giving a big picture view of carbon assimilation, metabolism and storage in terms of plant productivity and growth in variable environments.

Farm and Ranch Management (AECN 201)

Understand various economic principles and business management concepts needed when organizing and operating a farming/ranching operation. Topics include: production economics, record keeping systems, financial budgets and analysis, crop and livestock enterprise analysis, leasing arrangements, depreciation, farm business organizations, farm investment analysis, pasture/rangeland management, and production efficiency indicators.

Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (AECN 225/MRKT 225)

Explore marketing strategies and entrepreneurship ventures throughout a food systems channel – from producers of agricultural commodities to processors of food products and the final consumer. You’ll learn about food processors, wholesaling, retailing and food service firms, and create a strategic marketing plan to introduce a new food product into a retail consumer market.

Operations in Supply Chain Management (SCMA 331)

Discover analytical management techniques for: ascertaining demand for the organization's goods and services; justifying and acquiring the necessary resources; and planning and controlling the transformation of resources into goods and services. Learn how to apply these in both large and small organizations, private and public enterprise, service, and manufacturing organizations.

Managing Behavior in Organizations (MNGT 360)

Examine the many factors that affect organizational behavior, such as employee engagement, communication and decision-making and the role they play in the management of work.

Introduction to Commodity Marketing (AECN 235/MRKT 235)

Explore how commodity markets were created, how commodities are traded from producers to final consumers, the role of transportation and storage, among other topics. It provides a broad and detailed discussion of economic theories behind markets, how they work in practice and the current state of these markets in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I study as an agribusiness major through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or the College of Business?

Students can pursue an agribusiness major through either the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or the College of Business (CoB). When choosing a college, you should think about what other interests you have and how you are planning to use the degree. You will also want to examine the general requirements of the college.

In CASNR, you will start your degree program by enrolling in economics, mathematics and science coursework to develop global awareness and problem-solving skills. You will then be able to specialize your degree program by pursuing one of the five options: Banking and Finance, Commodity Marketing and Merchandising, Food Product Marketing and Management, Livestock Industries or Pre-Law. You will take a combination of agriculture and business coursework that supports and dives deeper into your option of choice.

In CoB, you will start by taking business foundation and intermediate coursework to develop a solid understanding of all functions of business. You will then take upper-level business as well as 31 hours of coursework from CASNR in areas such as agricultural economics, animal science, energy science, entomology, natural resources, plant science, food science and technology and many more. You can customize the major by choosing production, non-production and elective classes to build your expertise in a specific area of interest.

Where will I take my classes?

As an agribusiness major, you will take classes on both City and East campus, which are approximately two miles apart. You can use the free Nebraska bus system for transportation. Shuttles run every five minutes during peak course times.

Contact

Contact

Ritchie, Kendra
Associate Director of Recruitment
HLH 123 D
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
402-472-7784
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Rosalee Swartz
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
402-472-5234