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Agribusiness is an exciting and growing field consisting of firms that produce, process, distribute and sell food, fiber, and other bio-based products derived from agricultural products.

Firms come in all shapes and sizes, from small family-run farm operations to multi-million dollar companies managing the distribution of vital needs across the world. If you enjoy working with people, making deals, investigating or marketing products, there’s a good chance that this field is for you.

There are a variety of career options available in agribusiness. These options are often similar to any business-related careers but with an agricultural focus. Agribusiness careers can cross into a multitude of industries as well, including farming, real estate, retail marketing, food processing and investments, just to name a few. If you are creative, a risk taker and a good communicator and are willing to make your own opportunities, check out these career resources!

Sample career videos

Agribusiness and livestock

Matt Heimerl is an Ohio Pork Producer. He talks about his college studies in ag business and the livestock and crop production on his family’s farm. Thanks to the Ohio Pork Council for providing this video. Credit: Ohio Pork Co…


Ohio is a leading producer of soybeans and polymers which means thousands of job opportunities! Learn about the production of bioproducts and the many related career paths.

Agricultural engineering

Agricultural engineers explain their work and how they use biology and engineering to make farms energy-efficient and our food supply safe and plentiful. They describe what drew them to agricultural engineering and discuss their education and career paths. Thanks to …


The many uses of soy have led to not only hundreds of jobs, but also companies. Join Cathy Horton and learn more about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the importance of always reinventing.

A student’s guide to careers in agronomy

Agronomy is key to helping produce more food for a growing world population. Learn about the educational path to this agriscience career and what an agronomist does. Do your interests fit with this field? Thanks to the Mississippi Soybean Promotion …

Think ag

Want to know more about what ag-related careers are available? Learn about the daily work of a seed distributor, a crop insurance specialist, and a construction equipment sales person. Thanks to the Michigan Farm Bureau for sharing this video. Credit: …

Careers in Agribusiness

  • Ag Finance Specialist
  • Agribusiness Manager
  • Agricultural policy analyst
  • Agriculture Journalist
  • Agronomist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioproducts Researcher
  • Commodity Merchandiser
  • Crop producer
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Equipment Sales
  • Extension Agent
  • Farm Appraiser
  • Farm Manager
  • Grain and Livestock Buyer
  • Loan Officer
  • Market Analyst

(From FFA New Horizons, 2016)

Want to know what knowledge, skills, and academic courses are needed for this career pathway?

E-learning modules

Visit GrowNextGen E-learning for a full listing of e-learning courses or modules. Try one of these modules:

  • Bioproducts
  • Modern Agriculture Practices



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