Agribusiness Management

As a modern agribusiness professional, you will rely on cutting-edge technology paired with business and economic knowledge to produce and market food and agricultural products throughout the world.

Our agribusiness degree program prepares you for success. At Illinois College, you will Graduate READY. In fact, 100% of our agribusiness management alumni have been placed upon graduation.

What is Agribusiness Management at Illinois College?

Our agricultural business degree program embeds skills employers want most, which means you will learn to think not only in agricultural business terms but also ethical, social, scientific, and economic terms infused with emerging issues in the field. This broad range of approaches helps you develop clear solutions to complex agribusiness and social challenges.

Agribusiness Degree Highlights

At Illinois College, you can complete your agricultural business degree either on campus or online. Whichever you choose, you will take the same extensive agribusiness curriculum and learn from experienced, engaging, and caring professors and industry experts.

Other benefits of the agribusiness management program include:

An Ideal Agribusiness Location

If you choose to earn your agribusiness degree on campus, you benefit from IC’s rural location with diverse agricultural business opportunities in the area, including field trips to and guest speakers from:

  • Family farms 
  • Agribusiness financial institutions
  • Agribusiness organizations
  • Multinational agribusiness companies

Agribusiness Management Networking

You will have the opportunity to join agricultural business professional networks that will provide you with resources to join this thriving profession.

Organizations include:

You can also connect with top agribusiness companies like GROWMARK and FS, ADM, Caterpillar, and the Illinois Beef and Illinois Pork Associations. USDA and Agriculture professionals will be a part of the classroom experience. These connections allow you to learn firsthand from leading agribusiness professionals who know what it takes to have a successful career.

Finally, our IC Aggies club meets regularly and hosts various events throughout the year — a great way to meet new friends and learn more about the growing agribusiness industry.

Agribusiness Management Career Services

Our Career Readiness and Experiential Learning (CREL) Office helps with resume writing, interview skills, and your job or internship search. The CREL staff will help you connect your curricular and co-curricular knowledge and skills  to secure an exciting agribusiness management career.

You will also work with an academic advisor, an agricultural business faculty member, who will help guide you in your career. An academic coach will also help you manage your class load, make plans/goals to complete your best work in the classroom, and to research career opportunities.

Career Opportunities for Agribusiness Degree Graduates

Our agribusiness management major is a customizable program where you can take the classes that best fit your career goals.

Agribusiness degree graduates typically pursue management, marketing, sales, or finance positions and can be found throughout the massive agriculture industry as CEOs, directors, managers, and producers.

Graduates have gone on to careers at agribusiness companies like:

  • Archers Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Bayer
  • Brandt
  • FS
  • The Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Family farms

Our agribusiness degree alumni have also gone on to some of the top graduate programs in the country.

"The IC agribusiness program provided me a unique opportunity to study the technical side as well as the purpose behind modern agriculture by engaging with trends impacting our industry today." - Collin White '23

Agribusiness Degree Requirements and Courses

Our multi-faceted agribusiness management program provides you with the business expertise you need in courses like accounting, finance, management, and marketing.

In your agribusiness courses, you will develop the skills employer value most: the ability to interpret and analyze data, communicate effectively, and make informed decisions.

While your early courses will center on business, upper-level courses will focus on agricultural business specific topics like:

  • Ag Marketing
  • Ag Finance
  • Ag Economics
  • Farm Management
  • Emerging Agribusiness Issues

You will complete your agribusiness management studies with an internship — supervised by a faculty advisor and an on-site supervisor — where you will gain real-world, hands-on experience in the agribusiness field.

In your internship, you can make connections with future employers, gain advice and perspective with people in the field, and get a better sense of what type of agribusiness career you want after graduation.

Programs Related to the Agribusiness Degree

Get Started in Agribusiness Management

Are you ready to work your way towards a career in the diverse agribusiness management industry? The first step is applying.