Agricultural Business

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Ag Business Major

How can farmers and other agribusinesses best use market information in forecasting commodity prices? In what ways do government agriculture policies affect U.S. agriculture? What is the impact of macroeconomic conditions on the agricultural sector? How can you design the most efficient strategies to manage the risks facing your farm or agribusiness? What are the best alternatives to market agricultural products? Why study Ag Business at Iowa State? ISU offers you the chance to study with internationally-renowned faculty members to answer questions such as these and prepare you for a wide range of exciting career options.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business is administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Minimum high school course requirement for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences include four years of English, three years of math (including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra), three years of science (including one year each of two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics), and two years of social studies (including one year of U.S. history and one semester of U.S. Government).

Ag Business Coursework

Iowa State's Agricultural Business major is distinctive because it combines training in business, management, and economics with solid technical knowledge in production agriculture and skills in communication and problem-solving. The coursework for this major is supplemented by a number of other activities, including field trips, internship opportunities and study-abroad experiences. Students are encouraged to get involved with the Agricultural Business Club, an extremely active student organization that has received a number of recognitions over the years.

Career Opportunities

Ag Business graduates have an array of careers to choose from. The department boasts a 90 percent job placement rate, and a number of alumni go on to graduate school in agricultural and resource economics, business, and law. We have a strong tradition of turning out agriculture's leaders for Iowa, the nation, and the world.

Ag Business Club

The members of this nationally recognized organization educate students about career-related opportunities available to them, provide leadership opportunities, introduce students to others in the field, and increase the interaction between students and faculty through social events and service projects. Read the Ag Bus Club Timeline

Ag Business Minor

A minor in Agricultural Business is also offered by the department. Students declaring a minor in Agricultural Business must complete at least 15 credits of selected Economics coursework.

Contact us

Want more information about course requirements and how a degree in agricultural business can satisfy your particular interests? Write to or visit the Department of Economics (Agricultural Business), 174 Heady Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011-1054. Or, call the department at (515) 294-5436 or the Office of Admissions at (800) 262-3810.

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