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Agricultural Economics (multiple concentrations)

Agricultural economics graduates apply economic and business principles for banks, farm credit institutions, feed companies, farm equipment and fertilizer manufacturers, and food processing firms.

Within agricultural economics, students can choose majors such as agricultural finance, agribusiness management, farm management, food industry marketing and management, quantitative agricultural economics, and sales and marketing.

Concentrations include:

  • Applied Agricultural Economics
  • Quantitative Analysis

Student Spotlight: Dane Erickson

Work profile pic of Dane Erickson
Broad experiences gave well-rounded education leading to Law School

Hometown: Clarks Hill IN

High school: Lafayette Jefferson High School

Major & Concentration: Ag Econ with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis and double major with Political Science

Why did you come to Purdue: Purdue offered a high quality education in agriculture with an affordable cost of tuition.

Favorite Purdue tradition: The Ag Council Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. Dr. Carson Reeling and Dr. John Lee – I learned so much through doing research with both of these professors. They challenged me and helped me find something that I was passionate about. 
  2. The Cooperative Community – I've had a great experience living in Marwood Cooperative and have made a lot of friends through being involved in my house and in the greater Cooperative Community
  3. Amy Jones – Always a great friend and can brighten anyone's day. She is a great advisor to Marwood and the Ag Ambassador team!

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Rewarding
  • Educational
  • Affordable
  • Enjoyable
  • Quality

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Studying Abroad to Mexico
  2. Interning on Capitol Hill
  3. Being President of Marwood
  4. Being a part of Ag Council 
  5. Being an Ag Ambassador

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Taken more classes just to learn. 

Places you have been as a Purdue student

  • Queretaro, Mexico Queretaro, Mexico – Study abroad and Internship with the University's Robotic Dairy Farm
  • Washington D.C. – Internship on Capitol Hill
  • Kemmerer, Wyoming and Douglas, Wyoming – Conducted research on eagle predation on lambs, worked with government agencies to use the data we collected to acquire depredation permits and advocate for policies aimed at mitigating rancher/eagle conflict. 
  • Kansas City, MO – AFA 
  • Litchfield, IL – Interned with Hickory Grove Pork Farm on their breeding and production team.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Pre-Law and Society 

Favorite club/organization: Marwood Cooperative

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Being a part of planning and putting on the College of Ag's 1st Annual FryDay in 2019.

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Plan of Study

Agricultural Economics (multiple concentrations) Webpage

Transfer to Agricultural Economics (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 Agricultural Economics (multiple concentrations)

  •   Agricultural finance (Agriculture loan officer, financial planning, mortgage loan officer, lending analysis)
  •   Agribusiness management (Corporate management, commodity trading, elevator management)
  •   Farm management (Farm manager)
  •   Food industry marketing and management (Food manufacturing sales, retail management, production management, brand management)
  •   Quantitative agricultural economics (Law school, research analyst)
  •   Sales and marketing (Professional sales representative, marketing manager)

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