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Agribusiness Fundamentals

Agribusiness managers and employees must analyze, assess, and contribute to the ever-evolving, broadly-defined agribusiness industry by offering skills in management, marketing, economics, finance, and policy, plus critical thinking and problem-solving. They must have the skills necessary to contribute as employees or managers within the broad agribusiness industry, including the sectors of input supply, farm production, and output marketing.

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is now offering a graduate-level certificate program. The certificate will provide students with a solid foundation in modern management, marketing, finance, and policy tools needed to succeed in agribusiness and related fields. The emphasis is on foundational methods spanning production management, human resource management, market planning and analysis, financial analysis, and policy interpretation. The certificate prepares students with state-of-the-art skills in agricultural and applied economics and applied business management by relating those skills to the food and agribusiness sectors.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate management skills for effective interactions with coworkers or clients.
  • Develop a marketing plan for a product, service, or training.
  • Evaluate the impacts of micro- and macroeconomic conditions on the organization.
  • Analyze and interpret financial statements.
  • Estimate risk and cost of capital.
  • Apply risk management tools for strategic decision-making.
  • Assess the impacts of local, state, and federal policies on the organization’s operations.

CIP Code: 01.0102

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Agribusiness Fundamentals