Agriculture Business

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The agriculture business, often called agribusiness, industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross national product and employs close to one-fourth of the U.S. labor force. On the domestic scene alone, we are witnessing the consolidation of farms and ranches into larger, more efficient operations that are increasingly industrialized with more sophisticated management.

What is Agriculture Business (Agribusiness)?

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Agriculture Business is the industry of agricultural produce and farming services conducted at a commercial level. This approach to farming uses advanced technology and, commercial principles, and studies the value chain in agriculture.

An Agribusiness major prepares for the growing, fast-paced agriculture environment of the future. Students study economics and accounting, marketing, law and policy, production agriculture and management, to develop skills for working with modern technology and environmental regulations.

Agribusiness is one of the most in-demand degrees today. California ranks #1 in agriculture production and the business end of the industry needs skilled educated people to meet the demands of this dynamic, exciting industry.

Is Agribusiness Right for Me?

There is a wide variety of careers available in Agribusiness. This industry may be right for you if you are open to experience and versatile as this industry continues to evolve and develop new process for agriculture. Conscientiousness, extroversion, and agreeableness are also good traits for this industry. Essential skills will be technology literacy, communication, and organization.

Traits and skills that may indicate that you would be good at studying agriculture business:

  • An interest in agriculture
  • Business acumen
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Adaptability
  • Passion for sustainability

These are just a few traits and skills that can indicate whether someone might be good at studying agriculture business. Ultimately, the best way to find out is to try it for yourself!

Agriculture Business Degree Certificate

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The Associate in Science in Agriculture Business for Transfer degree provides a study of key Agribusiness concepts. Careers in agriculture such as farm management, accounting, marketing of agricultural products, sales, and services require training in business courses such as accounting, computers and salesmanship.

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The Certificate of Achievement in Agriculture Business Management is intended for those students who plan to enter the workforce. Many jobs in agriculture require training in business courses such as accounting, computers and salesmanship.

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Agriculture Business Careers

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An Agriculture Business Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) can prepare individuals for a variety of careers in the agriculture industry. An Agriculture Business Management Certificate of Achievement may help you advance your career on your way to earning you AS-T. Here are a few common careers for individuals with an AS in Agriculture Business:

  • Agricultural Sales Representative: Agricultural sales representatives sell agricultural products and services to farmers, ranchers, and other clients. They must have a strong understanding of the agriculture industry and be able to communicate effectively with clients.
  • Agricultural Operations Manager: Agricultural operations managers are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of farms and ranches. They make decisions about planting, harvesting, and marketing crops, as well as managing budgets, personnel, and equipment.
  • Agricultural Economist: Agricultural economists study the economic aspects of agriculture, including supply and demand, pricing, and market trends. They may work for government agencies, research institutions, or private companies.
  • Agricultural Consultant: Agricultural consultants help farmers and ranchers to improve their operations and make informed decisions about their businesses. They may advise on topics such as marketing, financial management, and sustainability.
  • Agricultural Loan Officer: Agricultural loan officers work for banks and other financial institutions, helping farmers and ranchers to secure financing for their operations. They must have a strong understanding of the agriculture industry and the financial needs of farmers and ranchers.

These are just a few examples of careers that a degree and/or certificate in Agriculture Business can lead to. With additional education and experience, individuals with an AS-T in Agriculture Business may also be able to pursue careers as agricultural research scientists, agricultural policy specialists, or agricultural marketing managers.

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Academic Department: Agriculture

Career & Learning Pathway: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Culinary Arts

Courses: Agriculture Business (AGBS) classes

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