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Explore the Agricultural Business Program

What’s better than agriculture experience or a savvy business mind? When they team up and the result is a super savvy agriculture business minded professional. The Agricultural Business program prepares the next workforce for the challenging ever-evolving agriculture industry by diving into business topics in sales, marketing, management, finance, information technology and production, all through the lens of agriculture. This degree covers it all and will get you going toward a local, regional, or global career.

Agricultural Business is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Amberly Cox

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    Careers in Extension Service
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    Earn a University of Minnesota degree
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Major in the making of you

I am going to feed the world someday

YOU have the power to make a difference.

UMN Crookston Agricultural Business alumni sits down to chat with faculty members, Margot Rudstrom and Chuck Lariviere, about the Ag Business program!  Hear about how we prepare our online and on-campus students for a career in the agriculture industry.

Career Options

  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Grain Merchandising
  • Extension Service
  • USDA Local Program Administration
  • Ag Lending Services
  • Agricultural Products and Services Sales

Agriculture Business Minor & Certificate

Check out the classes for a minor or certificate in Ag Business.


Agricultural Business


  • Flexible program to work within Agronomy, Agricultural Systems Management, Animal Science, Equine Science, Finance, Accounting, Management, Marketing or Communication.

  • Join the Ag Business Club!

  • Compete in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) organization on campus for chances to compete in Agricultural Business related contests featuring multiple choice questionnaires, case study problems, and finance tests.

  • The program blends a strong base of agriculture, business, and general education courses while maximizing flexibility that allows students to choose electives to fit their career interests and expectations.

  • The program boasts an unique blend of hands-on training along with theory.

  • Students have secured internship opportunities with businesses like Black Gold Farms, CHS, ADM, Wilbur-Ellis, USDA-FSA, AgCountry, Titan Machinery, Winfield, UM Extension and more!


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Margot Rudstrom

  • Charles Lariviere


Student Stories

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    Roseline Kanssole Agricultural Business
    Roseline "Rose" Kanssole of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa), shares her story as an agricultural business major and cross-country athlete at UMN Crookston. #IAmCrookston
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    Logan Milligan
    Logan Milligan of New York Mills, Minn., decided to attend the U of M Crookston after participating in Ag & NatR Activities Day and the FFA contests held on campus when he was a high school student.
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    Marta Dean
    Marta Dean, agricultural business major is from Dellwood, Minn., embraces her penchant for leadership. She served as the representative to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents from the Crookston Student Association. “I love the access it gives me to students and leaders from across the system,” she says.
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    Kate Howell
    Kate Howell loves being outside, and although she didn’t grow up on a farm, she did proclaim her intentions to become a farmer in junior high. The idea of her farming was met with some scoffing by her peers, but with her major in agricultural business, Howell has sealed her future in agriculture.