Why Study Agri-Business
Agriculture is one of the most important areas you could choose because it addresses a basic human need—food and other natural resources. Agricultural and natural resources industries are changing rapidly, and the need for clear communication and leadership in them has never been greater. Agri-business students take classes in agri-business management, marketing, agricultural economics, farm management, animal, plant and soil sciences. Students learn the economics and business management principles related to production, distribution, and consumption of agricultural goods and services. At the completion of this program, students are expected to: Have a strong broad-based understanding of American Agriculture and have a general understanding of how to operate an Agri-business with good potential of success in such an effort. Our program has sufficient flexibility to provide more extensive course work in science for those students desiring to prepare for advanced graduate study.
Our program prepares students for careers in agribusiness management, marketing, finance, supply chain, and related fields. A good number of our graduates currently work with TN USDA-FSA, local Coop., family-owned farms/ranches, etc.
Agriculture courses are delivered in small class settings with individual attention from faculty with experience and expertise in agriculture. Students have an opportunity for hands-on learning at the 440-acre University Farm and Environmental Education Center to study livestock, crops, forestry, wildlife and natural resources.
APSU faculty who teach courses in Agri-Business have a wide variety of teaching and research expertise in Agri-Business, agricultural economics, ag finance, ag leadership, ag education and communications, and Natural Resource Management.
What Will I Learn
- Agri-business students take classes in agri-business, management, marketing, agricultural economics, farm management, animal, plant and soil sciences. These courses introduce students to the broad array of agricultural-related subject areas which provide a comprehensive understanding that will be useful in future agriculture-related careers.
- Students learn the economics and business management principles related to production, distribution, and consumption of agricultural goods and services.
Because agriculture encompasses so many aspects of our world, including the study of animal, plant, and environmental systems, agriculture majors can enter a variety of careers in business, government, and the nonprofit sectors--or work for themselves. Our graduates work in a wide variety of Agricultural related careers. These include but are not limited to:
- Agri-Business Manager
- Farm Manager
- Ag Marketing Specialist/advisor
- Ag Sales Representative
- Loan Officer
- Nursery/Greenhouse Manager
- Ag Economist
- Dairy economist at USDA
- Food company manager
- Commodity trader
- Crop and Livestock consultant