Agricultural businesses support producers of agricultural crops and livestock. Graduates of an agricultural business program need to have sufficient knowledge of agricultural production to support the needs of their customers, along with basic business knowledge in areas of management, marketing and finance.
UIU agricultural business graduates are in high demand by a variety of small-, medium- and large-sized businesses in rural areas. A degree in this field provides an opportunity to work with farmers and ag suppliers on a daily basis, in a work setting that may include a significant variety of tasks in both indoor and outdoor settings.
The agricultural business curriculum is interdisciplinary, combining business fundamentals, earth sciences and agriculture. You will learn the basics of accounting, management, marketing, finance, soils, agronomy, animal science, agricultural markets and related topics.
Graduates of the agricultural business program may work in a variety of agricultural businesses, such as cooperatives, implement dealerships or agricultural lending institutions. Specific job titles in these businesses include agronomist, crop scout, ag lending officer, parts manager, sales manager, seed corn salesperson, grain merchandiser, grain operations manager and many more.
One career field that has a specific need for graduates is the ag lending industry due to the high retirement rate among bank lending offices in the near future. UIU recently created an agricultural lending minor to supplement the agricultural business major for students interested in preparing for these jobs.
The ag business major takes advantage of a cooperative relationship between Upper Iowa University and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar, which provides the necessary agriculture courses. The NICC classes are all available in a convenient online format, but students are encouraged to visit instructors at the campus in Calmar if they need personal assistance with the classes. Students who have taken comparable agriculture classes from other community colleges may transfer them in to meet the degree requirements.
UIU is one of only a few small, private colleges that offer an agricultural business degree in Iowa, and the only one with a Division II athletics program.
Students who graduated with an agricultural business major are working at: