Agricultural Business, B.S.

Department

Department of Agricultural Business

Annette E. Levi, Chair
Leon S. Peters Building, Room 302
559.278.2949
FAX: 559.278.6536
www.fresnostate.edu/jcast

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Agricultural Business, B.S.
MN in Agricultural Business Minor

Join the leader in science, technology, and management. The award-winning Agricultural Business Program at California State University, Fresno is a pacesetter - having been recognized by the Agribusiness Education Project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and comprised of agricultural industry leaders and higher education scholars from around the country.

The agricultural business curriculum is a comprehensive and integrative program of economic principles and business application with a problem-solving orientation and a practical experience emphasis.

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business combines core undergraduate courses in agricultural business (AGBS) with basic business management and agricultural science foundation courses. This undergraduate major allows you to emphasize a career specialty, such as agribusiness management, agricultural finance, agricultural marketing, farm management, or food industry management.

Certified Minor Programs. A Minor in Agricultural Business is available for students majoring in agricultural sciences, business, and other fields.

Complementary Fields of Study. Agricultural business students wishing to enhance their major with a technical field should consider a minor in such closely allied disciplines as animal science, family and consumer sciences, food and nutritional sciences, and plant science. A supplementary Minor in General Business is available through the Craig School of Business.

Ag One Grants for academic fees and books are available. Call 559.278.2061 for scholarship information and application.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) has an elective area in agricultural business combining graduate courses in agricultural business (AGBS) with core courses from business. This degree program, AACSB-accredited, is administered by the Sid Craig School of Business. It is designed for individuals seeking to advance their career by enhancing their business management and economic analysis skills with an emphasis on agricultural sector applications. Contact the graduate business adviser at 559.278.2107. This area not currently accepting applications.

Instructional Facilities

Modern Computing Facilities. Labs are used to teach students computerized farm accounting systems, agricultural enterprise spreadsheets, agribusiness simulations, commodity trading, and to expose them to planning and decision-making aids as part of their professional expertise.

Center for Agricultural Business (CAB)

Organized to promote the economic efficiency, profitability, and competitiveness of California agriculture, CAB uses faculty expertise and student assistance to address problems and opportunities in farm management, agribusiness finance, commodity marketing, agricultural trade, natural resources, and labor management. Seminars are held periodically on topics of concern to farmers and agribusiness managers. An annual Agribusiness Management Conference is co-sponsored with industry to explore current issues and report the economic outlook of the state's agricultural sector.

Professional Preparation

Students establish credibility with prospective employers by participating in the following occupationally related activities.

  • Agricultural Business Club. Students plan field trips, invite industry speakers to meetings, organize the annual alumni dinner, hold a newcomer picnic, support a campus job fair, and sponsor career preparation workshops.
  • Industry internships. Opportunities exist for many career positions through management training programs with agricultural business firms and support institutions. The department coordinates internships on a competitive basis and grants academic credit in the major for this supervised experience (AGBS 194).
  • University Agricultural Laboratory Project.Students gain farming experience through participation in the faculty supervised, student project program and concurrent enrollment in an Enterprise Management course (PLANT, ASCI 196). Such a course is highly recommended and can be used in the major.

Courses

Agricultural Business

AGBS 1. Introductory Agricultural Economics

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Microeconomic principles of resource allocation, production, cost, and market price equilibrium with primary application to farms and agribusinesses. Supply and demand in commodity pricing under perfect and imperfect competition. Optimizing single variable input production function; total/marginal approaches to profit maximizing output. G.E.Breadth D3.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: D3

AGBS 2. Agricultural Sector Analysis

Domestic and international forces affecting industry profitability of farm input suppliers, agricultural producers, commodity processors, food marketers; government fiscal, monetary, trade policies interaction with agricultural credit, price support, food subsidy programs; inpact on agribusiness asset values, debt accumulation, income levels.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 5. Survey of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Orientation to agricultural sector, institutions, and historic farm problems. Basic economic concepts and business principles applied to management, marketing, finance, and trade. Consumer demand and producer supply functions. Competitive market price determination. Overview of resource, environmental, consumer, and farming issues and government policies.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGBS 28. Introductory Agricultural Law

Fundamentals of agricultural law including historical sources; legislative laws and business ethics; administrative regulations, judicial decisions affecting agriculture; express and implied contracts with remedies for their breach in agricultural situations; real and personal property law plus secured transactions in agriculture.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 31. Farm Accounting

Basic concepts and principles of financial accounting systems applied to farm operations; mechanics of recording single and double entry transactions under cash and accrual accounting methods; preparation and analysis of enterprise records and financial statements to generate management information.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 32. Agribusiness Managerial Accounting

Prerequisite: AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A. Application and analysis of accounting information for farm and agribusiness management; integration of economic, and financial principles in preparing business plans; equipment cost control and crop enterprise accounting methods; capital investment and profit performance; introduction to computerized farm accounting systems. ( 2 lecture, 1 arranged)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 71. Agricultural Business Statistics

Prerequisite: ELM requirement met. Study of statistical techniques and formal reasoning applications to management and social and agricultural sciences. Calculation, interpretation, critical evaluation, and historical relevance of quantitative tools, data analysis, and results including graphical presentations, descriptive and inferential statistics, hyphotheses formulation and testing, and regression.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 76. Agribusiness Microcomputer Applications

Applied microcomputing for agribusiness management; use of spreadsheet, database management , and presentation software; applications to basic farm accounting and financial budgeting, farm production recordkeeping, and commodity price trend tracking.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 78. Agribusiness Quantitative Analysis

Prerequisite: ELM requirement met. Functional relationships, marginal analysis and decision-making models in agribusiness; logic and probability in diagnosing problems, designing operations and achieving objectives; identification of procedures for efficient resource utilization.

Units: 3

AGBS 80. Undergraduate Research

Prerequisites: AGBS 1 and permission of instructor. Directed study or research on particular problems in the field of agricultural economics and business. Consult department policies and procedures governing undergraduate research. Approved for SP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 85T. Topics in Agricultural Business

Agricultural economics, farm management, agribusiness management, financial planning, agricultural development, public policy, product marketing, and decision analysis. Topics may require lab hours.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

AGBS 100. Intermediate Agricultural Economics

Prerequisites: AGBS 1; AGBS 78 or DS 71 or MATH 75. Microeconomic theory of agricultural production in factor-product, factor-factor, product-product decisions; production costs and economies of size; consumer choice theory; price and output determination under imperfectly competetive markets; marginal productivity theory and the derived demand for agribusiness inputs.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 110. Farm Management

Prerequisites: AGBS 31, AGBS 76, and AGBS 100. Production economics and management techniques for analysis of efficient farm resource use, planning and organization; analysis of budgeting and optimization techniques, and computer applications for developing farm management plans.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 116. Farm and Ranch Appraisal

Prerequisites: AGBS 1. AGBS 110 or AGBS 110N recommended. Principles of agricultural appraisal; physical and economic factors affecting land values; estimation of real estate value using income, cost, and market data approaches; case studies and field problems involving the valuation of local farm and ranch properties.

Units: 3

AGBS 117. Agricultural Labor-Management Relations

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Economic analysis of the farm labor market; labor productivity, agricultural mechanization and farm employment; farm labor laws and government regulations; agricultural labor relations, unionization, and collective bargaining; farm personnel administration practices and supervisory management principles.

Units: 3

AGBS 120. Agribusiness Management

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Organizational forms and management functions of agribusiness firms; human resource management systems; management science principles for optimizing plant location, equipment replacement, inventory control, and sales volume; operations research techniques, including probability-based network and decision models, for solving agribusiness problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 122. Agricultural Cooperative Management

Prerequisite: AGBS 120. Philosophical, historical, and legislative evolution of U.S. agricultural cooperatives; uniqueness of cooperative organization, planning, direction and control functions vis-a-vis standard corporations; legal, financial, and tax considerations in managing input-supply and marketing cooperatives; case studies and field trips to cooperatives.

Units: 3

AGBS 124. Food and Fiber Industry Management

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Production management of farm input manufactures, agricultural commodity processing, food/fiber product distribution; functional approach to transformation/value-added operations including planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, controlling; case applications to materials handling, product development, food packaging, quality control, transportation logistics, inventory management.

Units: 3

AGBS 125. Agricultural Labor-Management Relations

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Economic analysis of the farm labor market; labor productivity, agricultural mechanization and farm employment; farm labor laws and government regulations; agricultural labor relations, unionization, and collective bargaining; farm personnel administration practices and supervisory management principles.

Units: 3

AGBS 130. Agricultural Finance

Prerequisites: AGBS 2, AGBS 31, AGBS 76; AGBS 100 or instructor's permission. AGEC 32 recommended. Analysis of farm financial statements; legal instruments of financial transactions; institutional sources of farm credit; time value of money and capital budgeting for agricultural investment; cost of debt and equity capital; risk management strategies; insurance, tax, and farm estate planning.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 131. Agricultural Capital Markets

Prerequisites: AGBS 2, AGBS 130. Public and private financial intermediaries as sources of agricultural capital; the Cooperative Farm Credit System; credit management policies and practices; government policy, the regulatory environment, and competitive financial markets; legal requirements and financial instruments; external equity capital; and lease financing. (Formerly AGEC 185T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGBS 136. Farm and Ranch Appraisal

Prerequisites: AGBS 1. AGBS 110 or AGBS 110N recommended. Principles of agricultural appraisal; physical and economic factors affecting land values; estimation of real estate value using income, cost, and market data approaches; case studies and field problems involving the valuation of local farm and ranch properties.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGBS 140. International Agricultural Economics

Prerequisites: AGBS 1, AGBS 2, or ECON 50. U.S. agricultural sector in the global economoy; trade theory versus government protectionism; domestic farm programs impacts on commodity exports/imports; international agreements, multi-lateral institutions, foreign currency exchange rates, overseas investment; regulatory, fiscal, monetary policies affecting agribusiness competitiveness in world markets.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 150. Agricultural and Food Policy

Prerequisite: AGBS 1; AGBS 2 or ECON 50. Analysis of public policies affecting the economics of U.S. and California agriculture; government programs influencing agricultural production, commodity distribution, market prices, farm income; environmental and natural resource issues; nutrition, food safety and biotechnology concerns; food industry regulation; international agricultural trade.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 155. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

Economic Analysis of public policies governing land use, water management, energy generation, mineral exploitation and forest administration; review of population pressures and resource conservation; examination of externalities, property rights issues, resource use planning, agricultural zoning, environmental regulations, and reclamation law. GE Integration I.D.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: ID

AGBS 160. Agricultural Marketing Analysis

Prerequisite: AGBS 100 or permission of instructor. Commodity transformation and product flow through processing and distribution channels; market structure, conduct and performance; marketing system efficiency and marketing bill components; over supply, marketing orders, grading and standards, and price stabilization; price forecasting, futures market trading, and risk management.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 162. Commodity Futures Trading

Prerequisite: AGBS 160 or permission of instructor. Study of commodity futures and options markets; speculative trading and techniques of fundamental and technical analyses; crop and livestock hedging strategies for commodity procurement and marketing; integrating options and futures trading for risk management; and development of futures trading plans.

Units: 3

AGBS 163. Agricultural Export Marketing

Prerequisite: AGBS 160 or permission of instructor. Determination of potential overseas markets for U.S. agricultural products through export marketing studies; foreign business environment and distribution channels; product preparation and transportation abroad; cultural-specific promotional and advertising programs; international sales agreements, financial transactions, plus banking and shipping documentation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGBS 164. Agribusiness Sales Management

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Marketing management strategies for stimulating business and consumer demand for agricultural goods and services; food and fiber merchandising using institutional, functional, value approaches; sales program organization and staff development for effective communication of product information and timely completion transactions.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGBS 170S. Advanced Agribusiness Applications

Prerequisites: AGBS 110, AGBS 120, AGBS 130, AGBS 150, AGBS 160; upper-division writing skills requirement. Research methods applied to agricultural business in the areas of strategic management. Data collection and analysis using statistics and other techniques will be expected. Culminating activities may include commodity research analysis with price forecasting, development of a business plan, or case studies. A service learning project is expected of all students. (Formerly AGBS 170)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 173. Wine Marketing

Introduction to basic marketing concepts such as pricing, promotion, packaging and place applied to the wine business. Sources of information and methods to conduct market research in the wine industry. Consumer trends, buyer behavior and the structure and legal environment will be discussed.

Units: 3

AGBS 180. Undergraduate Research

Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of instructor. Directed study or research on particular problems in the field of agricultural economics and business. Consult department policies and procedures governing undergraduate research. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 185T. Management of Agri-food Supply Chains

Develop an understanding of agri-food supply chain systems. Students will comprehend the role of various institutions and diverse functions present in the agri-food supply chains. Students will study about the institutional relationships and their importance in maintaining sustainable supply chains, logistics and transportation, outsourcing strategies, using contracts to overcome coordination problems, economic assessment of food safety risk and effective risk communication strategies.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units

AGBS 185T. Topics in Agricultural Business

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Agricultural economics, farm management, agribusiness management, financial planning, agricultural development, public policy, product marketing, and decision analysis. Topics may require lab hours.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

AGBS 192. Agricultural Business Field Studies

Prerequisite: AGBS 1. Business and economic functions performed by specialized agricultural agencies with emphasis on physical operating patterns. Field trips to production, marketing, and finance firms. Workshops with agribusiness managers. (1 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Field trip fees, $75)

Units: 2

AGBS 194. Agribusiness Internship

Prerequisites: junior standing. Emphasis on development of decision-making ability through industrial experience integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. Only 3 units of internship allowable in the major. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGBS 280T. Topics in Agricultural Business

Prerequisite: AGBS 210. Classified standing or permission of instructor. Fields of study include: farm management, agribusiness management, financial planning, international agriculture, public policy, and product marketing.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

AGBS 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Approved for SP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

Requirements

Agricultural Business, Major Requirements

Major (60-61 units)

Agricultural Foundation (9 units)
(Select three lower-division courses from the below areas. No more than 3 units are allowed in the Ag Business area. No more than 6 units may be taken in any one of the remaining areas. Courses listed are approved introductory level courses. General Education courses cannot be double-counted for credit herein.)
Ag Business: AGBS 5
Animal Sci: ASCI 1, 21, 31, 35, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91
Food Sci/Nutr: FSC 1, FSC 41; NUTR 54; CULG 50, 55
Mech Ag: MEAG 3, MEAG 20
Plant Sci: CRSC 1; HORT 1; OH 1
Soil/Water: SW 2
Vit/Enol: VIT 1; ENOL 15, 45

Business Management Base (18-19 units)
AGBS 2 or ECON 50
AGBS 28 or BA 18
AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A
AGBS 32 or ACCT 4B
AGBS 71 or DS 73 or MATH 11
AGBS 76 or IS 52, 52L

Agricultural Business Core (24 units)
AGBS 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170S

Career Specialty (9 units)
A required concentration of upper-division units in agricultural economics is selected to match the student's career goal in consultation with the student's assigned faculty adviser. (See major program of study advising check sheet for elective course listings in various subfields.

Additional requirement (0-1 unit)
Agricultural Business majors must take the following courses, which also satisfy General Education requirements:

FOUNDATION
Area B4: DS 71 or MATH 75

BREADTH
Area D3: AGBS 1

General Education requirements (51 units)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (6-9 units)
Upper-division writing skills by exam or writing course.
Courses supplementary to the major are strongly recommended.

Total units (120)

Grade requirements. Students majoring in agricultural business must earn a grade of C or better in each of the lower-division AGBS courses used to satisfy the Business Management Base and the Additional Requirements in the major.

Advising Notes

  1. New students should request the Advising Information brochure that includes a program-of-study check sheet and explanatory notes about requirements for the major.
  2. All students are assigned a faculty adviser. Consult the department bulletin board for the current listing. Make an appointment each semester to review your academic record and to schedule remaining courses in order to graduate in a timely manner.
  3. Prospective transfer students should consult with a community college academic adviser about their program of study to determine which California State University, Fresno AGBS courses are articulated as equivalent for lower-division credit. Transfer students may also consult ASSIST, the statewide articulations database, www.assist.org.
  4. Credits earned for articulated community college courses do not count toward upper-division units in the major.
  5. Students intending to pursue graduate study in agricultural economics or agribusiness should include approved courses in intermediate macroeconomic theory, differential and integral calculus, inferential statistics, and linear regression in their bachelor's degree program.
  6. A double major of agricultural business with animal sciences, food and nutritional sciences, or plant science must have 36 mutually exclusive units (including a minimum of 18 upper division). A double major requires the approval of the department chairs administering these programs of study. General Education and elective units may be applied (i.e., double counted) toward a second major or a minor. (See Double Major or Minor in this catalog and consult with the appropriate department adviser.)
  7. Unit limits for courses included in the major exist for AGBS 80/180 (4 units combined maximum allowed) and AGBS 194 (3 units maximum allowed).
  8. General Education courses cannot be double-counted for credit in the 60-unit major. G.E. courses may be used to satisfy additional requirements to the major.

Faculty

Faculty members are broadly trained with advanced degrees from top-ranked universities across the nation, and are highly experienced as teachers, consultants, and researchers. They bring practical insight to the classroom by being professionally active in service to California farms and agribusinesses, industry organizations, government agencies, and professional associations. Forming a strong advisee-adviser relationship with any one of the faculty can help you match your career goals with appropriate coursework.

Name Degree Email Phone
Berends, Patrick T Doctor of Philosophy pberends@csufresno.edu 559.278.3075
Hagen, John W Doctor of Philosophy johnha@csufresno.edu 559.278.3044
Konduru, Srinivasa P Doctor of Philosophy skonduru@csufresno.edu 559.278.4434
Levi, Annette E Doctor of Philosophy alevi@csufresno.edu 559.278.3004
Lone, Todd A Doctor of Philosophy tlone@csufresno.edu 559.278.4455
Magness, Marcus D Juris Doctor mmagness@csufresno.edu
Minami, Dwight D Doctor of Philosophy dwightm@csufresno.edu 559.278.2996
Williams, Raymond L Doctor of Philosophy lynnw@csufresno.edu 559.278.2949
Xu, Pei Doctor of Philosophy pxu@csufresno.edu 559.278.5685

Roadmap

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business

Year One

Fall

  • GE Area A1-Oral Communication
  • GE Area A2-Written Communication
  • GE Area D3-Social Science
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course - Ag Sci Elective
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course - Ag Sci Elective

Spring

  • GE Area A3-Critical Thinking
  • GE Area C1-Arts
  • GE Area B2-Life Sciences
  • GE Area B4-Quantitative Reasoning
  • Business Management Base Course

Year Two

Fall

  • GE Area D1-American History
  • GE Area C2-Humanities
  • GE Area B1-Physical Science
  • Business Managment Base Course
  • Business Management Base Course

Spring

  • GE Area E1-Lifelong Understanding
  • GE Area D2-American Government
  • GE Area C1-Arts - OR - C2-Humanities
  • Business Management Base Course

Year Three

Fall

  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Writing Requirement "W" Course

Spring

  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • GE Area IB-Phys Univ & Life Forms (recommended)

Year Four

Fall

  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Career Specialty-AGBS Elective
  • Career Specialty-AGBS Elective
  • GE Area ID-Soc, Pol, Econ Inst & Beh, Hist

Spring

  • Ag Bus Foundation Course
  • Career Specialty-AGEC Elective
  • GE Area IC-Arts & Humanities
  • GE Area MI-Multicultural/ International

Careers

Ag Business Students with sod

ag businessWelcome to the Department of Agricultural Business at Fresno State! Our campus is in the heart of the Central Valley, home to some of the highest valued crops in the USA. Our program has great opportunities for student internships and future employment with the agricultural and food industries. In the most recent graduation rate report from the University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Ag Business majors, on average, completed the degree in less time than any other major on campus.

Students are our priority. We have an open door policy. Each student is given a faculty adviser who is easily accessible and provides academic and career counseling.

What You Can Do

  • Production Supervisor
  • Grower Relations Manager
  • Produce Sales Person
  • Pest Control Adviser
  • Ag. Credit Analyst
  • Government Policy Analyst

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Survey of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Farm Management
  • Food and Fiber Industry Management
  • Farm Accounting

What You Can Learn

  • Consumer supply and demand functions
  • Techniques for analyzing efficient farm resource usage
  • Farm labor laws and government regulations
  • Physical and economic factors affecting land values

About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
MS AS79
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Department of Agricultural Business
5245 N Backer Avenue, M/S PB101
Fresno, CA 93740-8001

Phone: (559) 278-2949
Fax: (559) 278-6536