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Agricultural Business

Why Major in Agricultural Business?

Agricultural Business majors at Northwest gain the knowledge and experiences of agriculture as well as business foundations. Faculty focus on four core areas: agriculture finance, agricultural marketing, agricultural policy and economics of agricultural production.

Agricultural finance teaches students tools to plan expenditures on assets that extend beyond one year; agricultural marketing provides a method of determining the value for land in order to ensure a profitable investment; agricultural policy, students are exposed to tools the government uses to modify free market outcomes associated with the production and marketing of specific crops and livestock; and economics of agricultural production describes the importance of farmers and agribusinesses reliance on factors and events that occur internationally and determine price.

Minor in Agricultural Business

A minor in agricultural business teaches students the fundamentals of agricultural economics, marketing and pricing. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours. 

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Career Opportunities

placement rate

More than 98% of students who graduated with a degree in agriculture science obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.

The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with an agricultural business major

  • Agricultural Sales
  • Marketing
  • Grain Merchandising
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Agricultural Lender
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Precision Ag Specialist

For a list of job placements by year, view the placement reports »

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Learning Resources

R.T. Wright University Laboratory Farm

R.T. Wright University Laboratory Farm is a 448-acre facility that provides profession-based learning experience with livestock and crops.

Agricultural Learning Center

New in 2021, the 29,000 square-foot Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) houses classrooms, laboratories, exposition and office spaces.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions. Students of from the agriculture school have studied in Puerto Rico, Ireland and Germany.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »


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