Agribusiness is concerned with the financing, marketing, and management of food production. Agribusiness is an important field because ag-related industry, from farming and livestock to food production and human nutrition, encompasses a significant portion of careers worldwide. Additionally, the field of agriculture has historically differed from other business sectors in that government intervention in the form of taxes, trade barriers, etc., have always played a role in agricultural businesses. Therefore, students in the program study problems and issues unique to agribusiness industries.
Because students gain a solid foundation in business, they can work in the broad field of business, but their agricultural knowledge and qualifications allow them to specialize in agribusiness careers. Students can also earn a dual degree (meaning students graduate with two separate degrees) in agribusiness and agricultural systems technology. There is also a composite degree offered by the ASTE Department. The difference is that students in the dual major take higher-level math classes and theoretical economics classes.