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Agricultural Business

About Agricultural Business

The agricultural business curriculum offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness provides training for a wide variety of careers in the agribusiness industry. The program integrates the disciplines of business and agricultural business, economics, quantitative methods and agricultural sciences. Course offerings include courses in agribusiness management, marketing, credit and finance, agricultural production economics, natural resource economics, agricultural policy and law, price analysis, statistics, quantitative methods and computer applications.

The curriculum in agricultural business emphasizes use of management, marketing, finance, law and other business principles in the solution of problems in the agribusiness industry. This curriculum provides students excellent preparation for careers in farm management, agricultural law, commodity trading, sales, marketing, real estate, international trade, insurance, agricultural processing, management, communications, public relations, finance and appraisal.

Students majoring in curricula offered through other departments in the College of Agriculture may minor in agricultural business. See the listing of the College of Agriculture minors for details.

Concentrations Available

  • Agribusiness Finance: Develop your knowledge of agriculture finance to pursue a career in rural development or investment practices.
  • Food Industry Management: With its proximity in South Louisiana to a tradition of fine food from a variety of cultures, LSU is perfectly situated to provide you with the business tools to make the most of this tradition. In this agricultural business concentration, you will learn about processes and technology in the U.S. food industry.
  • International Business: Learn about general agriculture practices while focusing on agriculture and international economics.
  • Rural Development: This curriculum prepares you for a career in which you can assist local governments in nonprofit sectors to improve the livelihood and sustainability of rural areas.

Possible Careers

  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural extension agent 
  • Crop production specialist 
  • Data analyst 
  • Distribution and logistics manager 
  • Food distributor/wholesaler 
  • Food industry manager 
  • Land developer 
  • Public policy manager 
  • Rural development specialist

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 2.0 GPA in all coursework (2.5 GPA for transfer)
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses toward degree requirements
  • grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021 or higher


View the LSU General Catalog for more information on course recommendations.

General Catalog


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