American agriculture is a global enterprise. Its keystone is the production and distribution of food and fiber. The agriculture industry is among the largest employers in the United States, but less than three percent of the people involved in agricultural industries actually work on the farm — the rest work in some form of agribusiness or a government agency. And that's where agricultural economics enters the picture.
Agricultural economics involves marketing, management, merchandising, processing, transportation, manufacturing, communications and information, finance, and sales and service. It also involves public policy analysis, rural economic development, and resource and environmental economics.
When you major in agricultural economics, you'll learn marketing, management, leadership, and problem-solving skills - skills needed on the farm, in agribusiness, and in public agencies. And because these skills are so vital, they are in demand in today's job market. Typically, the demand for graduates is greater than the number of qualified students to fill these positions.
So, if you enjoy . . .
- leading a team or group
- making decisions
- managing money and financial resources
- solving problems
- managing and motivating people or
- finding a more effective or efficient way to complete a project
. . . you should consider a career in agricultural economics.