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Agriculture Business Management: More Than Farming and Ranching

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Agriculture business management is the cutting-edge side of agriculture, an industry where you must be able to stay ahead of the game and try to determine what the market might want or will need.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – What is agriculture? To many the first thing that comes to mind is farming or ranching but there is so much more to it. A few items that you might have not realized are agriculturally related include forestry, mining, hydraulics, and even construction. However even with these various different fields within agriculture there is one thing that they have in common. That is the business side of each operation. Now imagine that you have grown a crop, perhaps it’s corn, and you’ve harvested this crop but you don’t know where to take it to be sold. This is when one key component comes in, that is agriculture business management.

Agriculture business management is the other side of agriculture that doesn’t get talked about as much. This is the management side of agriculture. This is figuring out whether your crop has made a profit, where to take your crop, which places are better to have it sold than others, the various industries in agriculture that you might want to venture out into instead of just staying in the industry of corn. Agriculture business management is the cutting-edge side of agriculture, an industry where you must be able to stay ahead of the game and try to determine what the market might want or will need. Altogether agriculture business management is essential for a farm, ranch, or any other agriculture related business to stay afloat and for it to thrive.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for jobs in agriculture is going to increase by 7% from now to the year 2028. With the average age of farmers being 58 years old we are needing more people in this industry than ever before. Agriculture is the backbone of every industry in our country. However, one career in particular that I encourage you to consider would be Agriculture Business Management. Along with job opportunities in agriculture there also comes a good amount of money. With some careers starting at a range of $40,000- $150,000 a year.

One of the many great things about Umpqua Community College (UCC) is that it offers duel credit classes through high schools, such as Sutherlin and Glide. In addition to that all of the credits you take at UCC for the agriculture business management program will transfer directly to Oregon State University (OSU) along with Eastern Oregon University. By going to UCC first and then transferring you will end up saving a lot of money. Take this into account. At OSU it costs roughly $10,336 for instate tuition per year. If you were to go to UCC they have an average yearly instate tuition of $4,417. By going to UCC for your first two years of college you will be saving roughly $5,919 per year.

If you’re interested in agriculture but not sure what career to choose, I encourage you to consider agriculture business management at UCC and here is why. While at UCC studying agriculture business management you will be able to save money along with getting a stellar education. In addition to that there are a vast amount of jobs in agriculture that will open up if you consider this degree. Now if you want to be your own boss this degree will help you with the logistics of agriculture so you can take your operation to the next level. All together this degree is something that I highly recommend for you to consider.

Story by Cyndal Brown
Student Contributor
Part 1 in a 2 part series looking at UCC's Agricultural Business Management Program

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