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Major in Agricultural Business

​The Agricultural Business major teaches students the operating techniques and business skills used in the modern food and fiber industry. This program builds student knowledge and skills needed to manage small- and medium-sized businesses in agriculture and allied industries. This is true whether the business is directly involved in production, value-adds to raw agricultural products, or provides support services including the distribution, processing, packaging, and marketing of agricultural products.

Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of business practices in context of agriculture. We value hands on experience both in and out of the classroom, including internships and research assistant positions within the Department of Agricultural Resource Economics and beyond.”

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Concentrate on What Interests You Most

We offer three degree concentration options so you can further specialize in topic areas that are most valuable to your education and career goals.

Agricultural Economics Concentration

Focus on the theoretical and analytic tools of applied economics. Get the skills necessary to apply these principles in applied settings in water, recreation, environmental economics, industry and business, marketing, production, or government.

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Farm and Ranch Management

Learn to apply a solid understanding of economics and the underlying physical and biological sciences that drive agricultural technology to problems facing modern farmers and ranchers.

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Food Systems Concentration

Study the application of theoretical and analytic tools of applied economics within the context of food systems. Explore the broadest context of food systems from small-scale localized markets, traditional market-mediated commodity-based products to vertically coordinated supply chains.

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Considering a Minor?

Take a moment to learn about the two minors offered in the field of Agricultural Economics.


  • Solve real-world problems
  • Address business problems and formulate alternative solutions
  • Communicate critically and analytically

Where You’ll Find Us

Teaching at ARDEC.

Agricultural Research and Development Center

Work directly with crops and livestock at this research and teaching complex — one of ten around the state.

Learn More about ARDEC

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Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building

CSU’s new home for Colorado agriculture, student aspirations and agricultural innovation for global impact.

Learn more about the Nutrien Building

Working at JBS Global Food Innovation center.

JBS Global Food Innovation Center in honor of gary and kay smith

Operate food supply equipment and process food in this state-of-the-art laboratory. Food is sold through Ram Country Meats at the on-campus Where Food Comes From Market.

Learn more about the JBS GFIC

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Policy
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Related Careers

  • Commodity Broker
  • Agricultural Statistician
  • Loan Officer
  • Credit Analyst
  • Farm/Ranch Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Operations Manager
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Crop Insurance Analyst
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Elevator Manager

Meet the DARE Academic Success Team

Taylor Bennett<br />

Academic Success Coordinator

Taylor Bennett

For more information, email Taylor Bennett, Academic Success Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Resource Economics.

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Department Advisor

Jesse Kuklakis

For more information, contact Jesse Kuklakis, Academic Success Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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