Most jobs in agribusiness involve working in some type of agricultural related business. Some examples of agribusiness related firms include farm supply and equipment stores, credit and lending institutions, grain companies, livestock processing firms, agricultural chemical sales, governmental support agencies and food manufacturing corporations.
Agribusiness Economics is designed to help producers apply sound economic and management principles to the use of land, labor and capital in order to improve production and distribution of agricultural commodities and products.
Students interested in agribusiness come to Murray State University from a variety of rural and urban backgrounds. They have a wide range of interests and career
objectives, but they usually like to solve problems dealing with people and resources. Agribusiness Economics is a popular area of emphasis because it prepares students for a broad range of careers or graduate school.
Courses of Study
Students in agribusiness receive training in production agriculture courses such as animal science, crop science and mechanized agriculture, along with their specialty agribusiness courses. Some examples of Agribusiness Economics courses taught in the School of Agriculture are Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business Records, Agricultural Finance, Farm Management, Agricultural Marketing and Agricultural Policy. Students also take courses in computer applications, general accounting, economics and management. There are four emphasis areas available to allow students an opportunity for further specialization.
School of Agriculture facilities include classrooms, laboratories, a state-of-the-art computer lab and offices housed in the south wing of the Oakley Applied Science Building, the A. Carman Animal Health Technology Center and the E.B. Howton Agricultural Engineering Building.
There are three farm complexes located within a mile of the main campus. These complexes include three
greenhouses, agronomy plots, the West Kentucky Exposition Center, the Equine Center, rodeo facilities and the Agricultural Mechanization Instructional Facility/Farm Shop. These facilities are utilized for classes, contests, field days, judging contests, clinics and numerous agricultural activities.
Organizations Agribusiness Club
- Supports intellectual growth and development of agribusiness students.
- Encourages new interests and networking among students.
- Provides students with opportunities to hear agribusiness speakers and tour agricultural businesses operating in the region.
Curriculum 2009-2011 Catalog
|University Studies Courses ||43 Hours |
Agriculture Core Courses
AGR 099 Transitions (Freshman Orientation) (1 hour)
AGR 100 Animal Science (3 hours)
AGR 130 Intro. to Agribusiness (3 hours)
AGR 133 Field Applications for Ag (2 hours)
AGR 140 Plant Science OR AGR 160 Horticultural Science OR AGR 240 Crop Science (3 hours)
AGR 170 Intro to Ag Systems Tech (3 hours)
AGR 199 Contemporary Issues in Ag (3 hours)
AGR 345 Soil Science (3 hours)
AGR 339 Computer Applications for Ag (3 hours)
AGR 399 Professional Development Seminar I (1 hour)
AGR 599 Ag Senior Capstone (1 hour)
|26 Hours |
AGR 328 Statistics for Food and Agriculture
AGR 330 Principles of Agribusiness
AGR 336 Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis
AGR 337 Agricultural Sales and Merchandising
AGR 433 Farm Management
AGR 531 Agricultural Finance
AGR 535 Agricultural Police
AGR Elective: 3 hours
|24 Hours |
|Required Support Courses |
|12-24 Hours |
| Unrestricted Electives |
| 3-15 Hours |