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Agribusiness (multiple concentrations)

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Increasing opportunities exist for agricultural graduates to enter managerial positions in business. These businesses may be large or small and may be organized as proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, or cooperatives. They include meat, dairy, and poultry processing industries, grain handling, feed manufacturing, and seed and fertilizer firms; transportation and storage concerns; and wholesale and retail food businesses.

Although this Department of Agricultural Economics curriculum gives special emphasis to agriculturally related businesses, its requirements are broad enough to allow adequate preparation for nonagricultural businesses. This option also has enough flexibility to permit you to prepare for an international career in agricultural business and can serve as a foundation for graduate school.

Concentrations include:

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agrifinance
  • Agrimarketing
  • Commodity Marketing
  • Food Marketing

Student Spotlight: Chaela Minor

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Fostered engagement, learning and networking around the country (and world) 

Hometown: Reelsville, Indiana

High school: Clay City Jr/Sr High School

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Systems Management

Why did you to Purdue: I originally wanted to be different, and was planning to go to another university out of state. However, I got an in-state scholarship that brought me to Purdue; looking back, I know God knew what he was doing – I could not imagine being anywhere else but Purdue! The world-class education paired with the opportunities really helps to foster an environment of success for every student. 

Favorite Purdue tradition:  Fountain Runs! 

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. Studying abroad in Peru
  2. Apartment 8 come
  3. Involvement in student organizations

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Transformational
  • Innovative
  • Prestigious
  • Challenging
  • Empowering

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Gotten involved in student organizations that weren't directly tied to the College of Ag.

Places you have been as a Purdue student

  • Study Abroad – Peru
  • Internships – Monsanto Company (Constantine, Michigan) and John Deere (Urbandale, Iowa and Waterloo, Iowa)
  • Student Orgs – AFA (Kansas City, MO, Raleigh, NC, San Antonio, TX, Anaheim, CA, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN); Sigma Alpha (St. Louis, MO)

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Marketing or Finance 

Favorite club/organization: Mortar Board

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix

Favorite place to study: Ag Administration Building

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Lilly or Krannert

Favorite spot on campus: Ross Ade

Favorite thing about CoA: The education is top notch, and the faculty and students are very friendly. I also always brushed off the "it's a family" idea, but the longer I am involved, the more obvious this becomes. Everyone in the CoA – faculty, staff, students – is very welcoming and a part of one large community.

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Plan of Study

Agribusiness (multiple concentrations) Webpage

Transfer to Agribusiness (multiple concentrations)

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Agricultural Economics
(765) 494-4201

College of Agriculture

Careers in Agribusiness (multiple concentrations)

  •   Agricultural Chemical Sales Representative
  •   Agricultural Seed Sales Representative
  •   Agricultural Supply Management
  •   Animal Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
  •   Commodity Merchandising
  •   Consumer Brand Management
  •   Corporate Management Trainee
  •   Customer Service Representative
  •   District Grocery Store Management
  •   Elevator Management
  •   Financial Planning Representative
  •   Food Manufacturing Sales Representative
  •   Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
  •   Investment Representative
  •   Law School
  •   Loan Officer
  •   Production Management
  •   Professional Farm Management

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