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.
The Agribusiness Major can be very versatile and with careful selection of elective credits you can be well trained for a wide variety of agribusiness careers. For example, if you get the AgSystems Option with the degree you would be well trained to work in the agribusiness equipment sector of the economy or to work in production agriculture. If you plan to work in production agriculture on a farm or ranch you can obtain a Minor in either Animal and Dairy Science or in Agronomy to compliment your Agribusiness Major. Perhaps you see your career path more in the food manufacturing, processing or retailing industries. Then taking elective course work from the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Department will give you great training for careers in those sectors. If you see yourself more in the banking industry or in management for a large agribusiness corporation, then with additional course work from the Huntsman School of Business you can obtain a Business Minor and additional training in finance, management or marketing. Great opportunities abound with an Agribusiness Major for your Bachelor of Science degree from USU.