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Agricultural Business

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural business majors learn to develop sustainable business practices for food and other agricultural products that include marketing, sales, finance, supply chain and policy strategies.

The agricultural business curriculum is based on a solid background in agricultural economics with an emphasis on quantitative analysis, oral and written communication for business areas such as finance, marketing, supply chain and domestic and international policy.

Agricultural Business Curriculum

While there are no formal concentrations, you will be able to choose to emphasize your upper-division coursework into one of the following specific industry areas:


This area focuses on the structure and performance of the agricultural lending industry as well as risk management strategies and tools used by professionals. You will gain knowledge of credit and loan types, evaluating investments, financial management, appraisal, spreadsheet modeling, risk and return analysis and more.

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Food Retail Management

This area provides you with the skills and experience needed for a career in food retail management including procurement, sourcing, marketing, management, customer relations, cost control techniques, purchasing and inventory control.

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Marketing and Sales

In this area, you will learn the skills and tools necessary to help you develop strategies concerning the marketing of food products as well as agricultural sales, communication techniques, sales forecasting, data collection and analysis, creative development and more.

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Supply Chain Management

This area provides the skills and experience necessary for careers in food supply chain management including procurement, sales, sourcing, marketing, operations management and planning, transportation and logistics, cost control techniques, purchasing and inventory control.

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About the Program

Agricultural business prepares you for a management career in the dynamic global food and fiber supply chain.

By focusing on applied economics, marketing, finance and management, agricultural sciences and technology, policy and more, you will develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and applied business skills that are required to run successful food and agribusiness organizations throughout the world.

Learn by Doing

As an agribusiness student, you will participate in classroom projects that emphasize economic and business principles to solve real industry problems in California and around the world. You will design business and marketing plans, develop new products, and learn about the variety of industries of agriculture through labs and field trips. We also encourage getting involved with academic clubs and teams and will help facilitate internships and job opportunities.

2019 National Agri-Marketing Association Team

Market a New Product

Create and present a complete marketing plan for a new food or agricultural business in a national competition.

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Our Graduates

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Our graduates enjoy a wide range of career opportunities including food and fiber production, logistics and transportation, marketing and finance, sales, agricultural policy and more.

Major employers include Ag-Seeds Unlimited, Bloomberg, ConAgra Foods, Deloitte, E&J Gallo Winery, Heritage Oaks Bank, iCracked, New York Life Insurance Co., Oracle, PepsiCo, Safeway and Tanimura & Antle.