Most people, when they hear "agriculture," think about farming. Farming is at the heart of the agribusiness industry, but the farmers who actually produce food and fiber products for the United States make up only two percent of the population. Agribusiness, on the other hand, is the number one industry in the U.S. and employs nearly 20% of the population.
Agribusiness includes not only farm production, but also the many businesses and organizations that support and provide inputs to farmers. This input supply sector includes the businesses that provide seed, fertilizer, chemicals, feed, fencing, equipment, and other inputs to farmers. It also includes the financing sector, insurance, and services such as veterinary care. Agribusiness also includes the output marketing sector.
Studies indicate that there will not be enough graduates with agribusiness training to fill future agribusiness job openings. Now is the perfect time to take coursework in agribusiness. Students may obtain a Career Studies Certificate in Agribusiness (20 credit hours of coursework) or pursue an Associates Degree with an emphasis in Agribusiness. Students in other degree programs are welcome to take the agribusiness courses as electives.