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What is agribusiness?

Agribusiness is the study of operations involved in the manufacturing and distribution of agricultural and natural resource input supplies, production operations (farm, ranch, forestry, fishery, etc.) and the storage, distribution and consumption of food, fiber and other products.

Why agribusiness at OSU?

You'll learn the business and economics skills needed to become a leader in agriculture or in many other related industries. A major in agribusiness will teach you how to understand agricultural, food and natural resource policies; rural or community development; or environmental and natural resource economics.

Career paths

Agribusiness graduates excel in problem analysis and decision-making for a wide variety of agricultural entities. You can look forward to a career in one of the following fields:


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Student spotlight

OSU Student Kassidy Bliss, Halstead, Kansas

“Before coming to OSU, I had a clear path determined of what I thought I wanted to do. But once I got here, I realized my passions and found my home in the Department of Agricultural Economics … When I came on a visit, it just felt like home… Everyone was a family and I felt so welcome.”

- Kassidy Bliss
Halstead, Kansas

Hands-on education

You’ll receive a hands-on education, which may include job shadowing, development of economic models, interviews with department alumni and real-world project experience such as farm real estate appraisal and marketing feasibility of products for a real firm.


Fast fact

Agricultural Economics partnered with China Agricultural University (CAU) in 2011 to provide students the opportunity to study and benefit from the academic and cultural environment of both institutions. CAU students may obtain a degree from both institutions, and OSU students also have the opportunity to study at CAU for a semester or year.


Outstanding scholars

From students who represent us nationally as Truman Scholars, to those who are recognized at the university level as Top Freshmen Men and Women, OSU Seniors of Significance, Outstanding Seniors and CASNR Seniors of Distinction, the accomplishments of our students are known beyond the department.

Outstanding scholars in the agribusiness major


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