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Agricultural Business – Food Systems

Do You Want to Improve the Sustainability and Value of our Food Systems?

The Agricultural Business major teaches problem solving skills in economic and business decisions applied to modern agriculture and the food industry, focusing mainly on skills needed to manage small and medium sized businesses. The interface between technical training in agricultural sciences, economics, and management sets this degree apart from a traditional business degree.

The agricultural business major applies economic theories and concepts to issues faced by agricultural and food business every day. In this major you will learn how to manage an agricultural / food business by evaluating how market outcomes, regulations, competition, and biological factors affect the profitability.

Students with a concentration in Food Systems focus on the application of theoretical and analytic tools of applied economics within the context of food systems. The program of study explores the broadest context of food systems ranging from small-scale localized markets to traditional market-mediated commodity-based products to highly specialized, vertically coordinated supply chains. Students will be prepared to contribute meaningfully to improving the value provided by our food systems.


  • 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 & Development Center

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

Aerial view of almost completed construction site for three story academic building on CSU campus

Nutrien Building

Our Agricultural Business Programs will return to the Nutrien Building when it opens the spring of 2022.

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 at the on-campus Where Food Comes From Market.

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Related Interests

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

  • Agricultural Lenders
  • Commodity Marketing Analysts
  • Agricultural Input Sales
  • Agricultural/Food Business Owners
  • Farm, Ranch, and Plant Managers
Aubriel Jones.

Department Advisor

Aubriel Jones

For more information, contact Aubriel Jones, Coordinator of Undergraduate Success for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Advising focus is on-campus students, last names A-J.

Jesse Kuklakis.

Department Advisor

Jesse Kuklakis

For more information, contact Jesse Kuklakis, Academic Success Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Advising focus is on-campus students, last names K-Z.