Agribusiness Management (B.S.)

The Agribusiness Management program focuses on system-wide business and managerial functions performed by organizations throughout the agribusiness sector.

The major gives students the flexibility to choose courses related to their individual interests in farm management, commodity procurement and marketing, labor and personnel management, public policy and global food issues.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Agri-food systems.
  • Commodity and good product marketing.
  • Agribusiness and good industry sales.
  • Micro- and macroeconomics.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Agribusiness Management.

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Agribusiness Management Graduates

$41,132

Average starting salary

89%

Job placement rate

$62,000

Top of starting salary range

Data from 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a shortage in qualified employees to fill agribusiness management positions including business and financial specialties and marketing/sales representatives.

Agribusiness management prepares students for a variety of career paths.

  • Commodity trader.
  • Corporate environmental management.
  • Farm owner or manager.
  • Financial analysis/statistics.
  • Manufacturing manager.
  • Marketing/advertising manager.
  • Public relations manager.
  • Sales manager.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with agribusiness companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in agribusiness fields.

Agribusiness management student combines business with agricultural interests

September 22, 2020

Undergrad uses involvement in MSU National Agri-Marketing Association to apply product marketing skills and build on his academic courses.

AFRE undergrads tour local food industry businesses and network with alumni

February 21, 2020

On a recent trip to the Grand Rapids area AFRE students toured three agribusiness facilities and met with alumni.

Agribusiness Management Advisors

Schedule advising appointments online. Advising is Wednesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no Express Advising during the summer.


Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education Club.
  • Collegiate Farm Bureau.
  • Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields.
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
  • National Agri-Marketing Association.

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