Agribusiness Management

Agribusiness Management

Emphasis of Program

Graduates of SMSU's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Agribusiness Management are successfully realizing full-time professional careers in agribusinesses, cooperatives, agricultural sales, agri-lending, commodity trading, and farm management. This is an exciting time for our agricultural economy! Ag industries are advancing rapidly as new technologies, systems and worldwide growth in food, fiber and fuel demand spur the need for college-educated agricultural professionals. SMSU's Agribusiness degree is ideally designed to help students realize their potential in this dynamic field of endeavor.

SMSU's BS in Agribusiness Management provides students with core business skills, applied science and a choice of academic concentrations in either Agricultural Finance or Farm Management & Marketing. Double concentrations within the Agribusiness major are also an option. Paid summertime internships are an important element in SMSU's agribusiness programs.

Scholarships

The SMSU School of Agriculture offers an array of academic scholarships thanks to the generosity of SMSU Alumni, SMSU Farm Seminar donors, our regional Ag partners and SMSU faculty. In Spring Semester 2016, SMSU was able to award a total of $30,000 in ag-related scholarships for our students who ranged from new incoming freshman to experienced senior students. Ag-related scholarships are awarded based on a student's past academic record, civic involvement and leadership potential.

Internships

SMSU Agribusiness students qualify for paid internships (usually during the summer session). There are numerous intern sponsors and SMSU applauds all of them because these businesses create tangible benefits for students in our Agricultural Solutions program. These SMSU internships happen because of three-way coordination: 1) the internship employer, 2) SMSU's faculty, and 3) our proactive SMSU agriculture students. The internships are a true win-win. Our students earn credits towards graduation, learn real-life skills and earn funds to help pay for their tuition expenses.

Career Opportunities

SMSU's BS in Agribusiness Management opens up doors for rewarding careers in the agriculture and food industries. 100% of our agribusiness graduates are annually hired into full-time positions directly related to their major! Some of these permanent positions include agricultural loan officers, commodity brokers, elevator managers, agri-chemical sales, agri-implement dealers, farm managers, and conservation officers.

Preparation

Prospective Agribusiness students should complete the standard college preparation curriculum. High school students whose agribusiness career plans include science-related professions such as agronomic consulting or chemical sales should complete biology, chemistry and mathematics courses as part of the pre-college curriculum. Participation in extracurricular activities such as athletics, community volunteering, band, FFA, or 4-H helps create a well-rounded education. Agribusinesses prefer to hire students who have a multi-dimensional résumé.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

At SMSU, students who are active in clubs and organizations build social connections, learn essential life skills and enrich the value of their college experience. SMSU is proud to offer over 100 clubs and organizations! Below are some clubs and opportunities worth consideration:

• SMSU AG Club

• Environmental Awareness Club

• Enactus

• Post-Secondary Ag Students

• Southwest Marketing Advisory Center

SMSU AG CLUB & PAS

Any SMSU student can join the SMSU AG Club and/or the Post-Secondary Agricultural Students (PAS) organization. The Ag Club is among the most active on campus meeting weekly to learn from agricultural professionals and alumni as guest speakers. The Ag Club plans and takes annual trips to different locations in the Midwest. Past cities visited include Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Grand Island, Omaha, Denver and Boise. Also, an annual banquet to honor graduating seniors, scholarship award winners, alumni and rural leaders is hosted by the SMSU Ag Club. Other activities include SMSU's Ag Bowl, Ag Career Fair, SMSU Homecoming Parade, skeet-shooting and golfing. Each year, SMSU is the host of the statewide PAS knowledge bowl competition. The student community at SMSU is large enough to offer diversity but small enough to feel like family.

TECHNOLOGY

SMSU has easily accessible campus Wi-Fi. A multi-purpose system known as the SA Link allows all SMSU student clubs and organizations to post activities, recruit/retain members, and send/receive vital information. The SMSU Website is a one-stop-shop for student services such as academic, financial, registration and campus calendars/news. SMSU's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center is a sophisticated mapping center available for student use. McFarland Library links into a national Inter Library Loan System and serves as repository for the US Department of Agriculture and other important public documents. SMSU works diligently to ensure students have access to needed resources.

Agri Business Opportunities

Agribusiness Professors

 
Possible Career Titles:
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Crop Breeding Research
  • Crop Management Specialist
  • Farm / Ranch Manager
  • Grain Inspector
  • Soil Conservationist

Career Information for Agribusiness Graduates

Agribusiness in the News

 
Possible Employers
  • Ag Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
  • Business and Industry
  • Credit Agencies
  • Feed and Seed Companies
  • Produce Brokerages
  • Self-Employment

Last Modified: 6/23/17 3:33 PM