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.