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Welcome to the resource guide for Agricultural Economics at Montana State University.  This guide provides a variety of resources for people in economics, including article databases, journals, government information, and websites. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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Department of Economics and Agricultural Economics at Montana State University

Agribusiness is a dynamic industry with a high degree of global and technological sophistication. Many employment possibilities are open to students with training in agricultural business. Positions are available with businesses which process and market agricultural products, and with the large number of businesses that sell products and services to farmers and ranchers, such as fertilizer companies, farm machinery companies, banks, and farm credit institutions. Also, opportunities exist to operate and manage farms and ranches. In addition, federal and state governments employ persons with training in agricultural business. Many of our graduates work for regional, national, and even international agribusiness firms that market, process, and transport agricultural products. Other graduates work for companies that service agriculture by supplying inputs to producers. Agricultural credit institutions employ many of our graduates. Some of our graduates continue their education by pursuing graduate degrees or attending law school companies that are on the cutting edge in the use of biotechnology, strategy, information systems, risk management, logistics and international trade. The study of agricultural business involves the application of business and economic principles to farming and ranching and related sectors of the general economy. Training in agricultural business includes courses in agricultural firm management, marketing farm products, farm credit and finance, agricultural prices and outlook, agricultural policy, management science, agricultural law, technical agriculture and the business aspects of industries serving agriculture. Surveys indicate that employers seek out graduates with expertise in communication, critical thinking, business management and quantitative analysis. Our program specifically develops each of these skills.

For more information about undergraduate Agribusiness and Farm Management degree options at Montana State University, visit the departmental page here.

The American Economic Association also has a collection of useful resources for students, which is available here

Amy Bekkerman

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