Agricultural Business

 “Graceland’s agricultural business major and the ag business scholarships were essential for me to start my professional career with John Deere. Graceland helped me build a professional platform for my continued success, which includes my pursuit of an MBA.” 

Deon Williams ’18 

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Learn more about our program...

Graceland’s AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS degree is designed to produce graduates who can quickly begin their careers as global agricultural professionals. Graceland offers unique opportunities for students to put their hearts for agriculture into professional careers that are successful and meaningful. A major goal of the agricultural business program is that 100% of students will be employed as global professionals with meaningful careers or pursuing an advanced degree in the first year after graduation. Graceland’s rural location in southern Iowa puts students in the heart of the agricultural community, providing access to local resources for learning experiences, in addition to other academic and leadership opportunities.

Offerings
Major, Minor
Field of Study
Business
Format
Lamoni Campus
At Graceland, agricultural business students have leadership opportunities starting their first semester. Leadership development and networking range from supporting a variety of initiatives like The World Food Prize, the local Ag Advisory Group, and agricultural business events on campus.
Grace Francis '23 Senior Agricultural Business
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Curriculum
  • BA Degree - Agricultural Business Major

    In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Agricultural Business must complete a concentration of 36 semester hours in Accounting, Agriculture, Business and Economics including:

    Courses Required for General Education:

    Recommended in addition to required courses for Agricultural Business:

    • Internship in Ag Business

    Other Recommendations:

    • Leadership Academy Certificate
    Courses Offered
    • ACCT2310Financial Accounting
      ACCT2310 Financial Accounting - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records. Prerequisites: One MATH course.

    • ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation
      ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation - 3 s.h.

      Exposure to accounting methods and taxation policies specific to agricultural producers and businesses. Prerequisite: ACCT2310 Financial Accounting.

    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

      Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    • AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management
      AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.

      An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets
      AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets - 3 s.h.

      Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    • AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation
      AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation - 3 s.h.

      Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    • BUAD3330Principles of Marketing
      BUAD3330 Principles of Marketing - 3 s.h.

      A decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The most basic objectives of the course are to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in society and in the firm, and the various factors that influence marketing decision-making. Students will be exposed to and expected to learn the "language of marketing" (that is, terms, concepts, and frameworks) used by practicing marketing managers. Prerequisite: ECON1320 and junior standing.

    • BUAD3340Business Law
      BUAD3340 Business Law - 3 s.h.

      Study of legal rules governing the usual business transactions and relations. Consideration of selected cases in areas such as contracts, agency, sales, negotiable instruments, private property, and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.

    • BUAD4200Seminar in Business Policy
      BUAD4200 Seminar in Business Policy - 3 s.h.

      An analysis of the problem of business and the functions of management in the determination of business policy in the various functional areas of the enterprise. Prerequisites: BUAD3320, BUAD3330, BUAD3380, and MATH1360.

    • ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics
      ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
      ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    • ECON2100Introductory Economic Data Analysis
      ECON2100 Introductory Economic Data Analysis - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to economic data and statistical techniques commonly applied in business settings. Topics include understanding the basics of data interpretation, manipulation, and visualization. Students will learn how to carry out and interpret basic linear regression and other methods of statistical analysis in Excel.

    • MATH1280College Algebra
      MATH1280 College Algebra - 3 s.h.

      Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, functions, exponentials. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    • MATH1360Statistics for Critical Thinking
      MATH1360 Statistics for Critical Thinking - 3 s.h.

      A critical thinking approach to data analysis, measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, probability, estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    ACCT2310Financial Accounting ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation BUAD3330Principles of Marketing BUAD3340Business Law BUAD4200Seminar in Business Policy ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics ECON2100Introductory Economic Data Analysis MATH1280College Algebra MATH1360Statistics for Critical Thinking
    Course Descriptions
    ACCT2310 Financial Accounting - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records. Prerequisites: One MATH course.

    ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation - 3 s.h.

    Exposure to accounting methods and taxation policies specific to agricultural producers and businesses. Prerequisite: ACCT2310 Financial Accounting.

    AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

    Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.

    An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets - 3 s.h.

    Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation - 3 s.h.

    Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    BUAD3330 Principles of Marketing - 3 s.h.

    A decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The most basic objectives of the course are to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in society and in the firm, and the various factors that influence marketing decision-making. Students will be exposed to and expected to learn the "language of marketing" (that is, terms, concepts, and frameworks) used by practicing marketing managers. Prerequisite: ECON1320 and junior standing.

    BUAD3340 Business Law - 3 s.h.

    Study of legal rules governing the usual business transactions and relations. Consideration of selected cases in areas such as contracts, agency, sales, negotiable instruments, private property, and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.

    BUAD4200 Seminar in Business Policy - 3 s.h.

    An analysis of the problem of business and the functions of management in the determination of business policy in the various functional areas of the enterprise. Prerequisites: BUAD3320, BUAD3330, BUAD3380, and MATH1360.

    ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    ECON2100 Introductory Economic Data Analysis - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to economic data and statistical techniques commonly applied in business settings. Topics include understanding the basics of data interpretation, manipulation, and visualization. Students will learn how to carry out and interpret basic linear regression and other methods of statistical analysis in Excel.

    MATH1280 College Algebra - 3 s.h.

    Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, functions, exponentials. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    MATH1360 Statistics for Critical Thinking - 3 s.h.

    A critical thinking approach to data analysis, measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, probability, estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

  • Agricultural Business Minor

    A minor in Agricultural Business consists of 18 semester hours as follows:

    Courses Offered
    • ACCT2310Financial Accounting
      ACCT2310 Financial Accounting - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records. Prerequisites: One MATH course.

    • ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation
      ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation - 3 s.h.

      Exposure to accounting methods and taxation policies specific to agricultural producers and businesses. Prerequisite: ACCT2310 Financial Accounting.

    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

      Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    • AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets
      AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets - 3 s.h.

      Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    • AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation
      AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation - 3 s.h.

      Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    • ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
      ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    ACCT2310Financial Accounting ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
    Course Descriptions
    ACCT2310 Financial Accounting - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records. Prerequisites: One MATH course.

    ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation - 3 s.h.

    Exposure to accounting methods and taxation policies specific to agricultural producers and businesses. Prerequisite: ACCT2310 Financial Accounting.

    AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

    Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets - 3 s.h.

    Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation - 3 s.h.

    Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

  • Course list - Agricultural Business
    Courses Offered
    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

      Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    • AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management
      AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.

      An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets
      AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets - 3 s.h.

      Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    • AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation
      AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation - 3 s.h.

      Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    • AGRI3700Internship in Agricultural Business
      AGRI3700 Internship in Agricultural Business - 1-3 s.h.

      Internship with professionals who are in agricultural business. The student takes an active role in identifying and arranging for a field sponsor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

    • AGRI3900Topics in Agricultural Business
      AGRI3900 Topics in Agricultural Business - 1-3 s.h.

      Selected topics in agricultural business as determined by student interest and instructor expertise. Topics will be announced prior to each semester they are offered. Course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

    • AGRI4700Agricultural Business Practicum
      AGRI4700 Agricultural Business Practicum - 3 s.h.

      A capstone experience for students to apply their skills and education in agricultural business in a practicum setting (preferably in the type of business in which they gain future employment) and present their experience and education in a seminar with other students.

    AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation AGRI3700Internship in Agricultural Business AGRI3900Topics in Agricultural Business AGRI4700Agricultural Business Practicum
    Course Descriptions
    AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

    Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.

    An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets - 3 s.h.

    Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation - 3 s.h.

    Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

    AGRI3700 Internship in Agricultural Business - 1-3 s.h.

    Internship with professionals who are in agricultural business. The student takes an active role in identifying and arranging for a field sponsor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

    AGRI3900 Topics in Agricultural Business - 1-3 s.h.

    Selected topics in agricultural business as determined by student interest and instructor expertise. Topics will be announced prior to each semester they are offered. Course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

    AGRI4700 Agricultural Business Practicum - 3 s.h.

    A capstone experience for students to apply their skills and education in agricultural business in a practicum setting (preferably in the type of business in which they gain future employment) and present their experience and education in a seminar with other students.

School of Business Faculty

Why Graceland

  • Students are in close proximity to university-owned test plots and area agricultural experts. 
  • The Agricultural Business Club offers leadership development through annual events and officer responsibilities. 
  • Easily double or even triple major in other business related programs.
  • Graceland offers an agricultural plant and animal sciences minor to provide students even more skills toward their career. 
  • Agricultural business students can participate in their preferred sports and performance areas while pursuing their education for lifelong success.
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Career Growth Ahead

An Agricultural Business major from Graceland University can help help to prepare you for these careers:

  • Accountant
  • Agricultural input/Agronomy Sales Consultant
  • Bank Officer
  • Commodities (Stocks & Futures) Broker
  • Coop/Elevator Manager
  • Equipment Sales & Support Representative
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Insurance Representative
  • Production/Facility Manager
  • Risk Manager

…and many other exciting fields.

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Tuition & Aid

Over 98% of students on the Lamoni campus receive financial aid.

An education from Graceland is one of the greatest investments you can make but we understand that cost is often a concern. With our generous scholarships and awards, you will find a truly affordable private education – often the cost of attending Graceland is less than a public university.

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