Agribusiness program to launch in August
Beginning this fall, Doane University will begin offering a Bachelor of Arts in Agribusiness. The agricultural courses are offered exclusively online allowing students to pursue a bachelor’s degree from wherever they live. While the agribusiness program can be fully completed online, most courses are also available at Doane’s Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha campuses.
The Doane Agribusiness program is designed around five core principles:
Honoring the heritage of agriculture and the family farm by teaching students to build a business worthy of passing down to the next generation.
Providing the widest possible lens across all aspects of the agricultural business sector.
Focusing on the latest technological advancements that are, or will, shape the future of agribusiness by increasing yields and profits.
Providing global perspectives on both global markets and ecosystems.
Focusing on sustainability—protecting natural resources such as topsoil, water and air quality for the future.
Coursework will prepare students for jobs in a wide array of ag-related fields including farm and ranch management, international agriculture, agricultural marketing, resource economics and rural development. The course of study includes banking, law, real estate appraisal and business finance.
The curriculum focuses on management and decision-making skills, in addition to developing a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the business of agricultural and the food system, according to College of Professional Studies Dean Lorie Cook-Benjamin. “It’s next-gen thinking for an age-old industry,” said Cook-Benjamin.
The need for development of capable leaders in the agricultural sector is clear, according to Cook-Benjamin. The world’s population continues to grow, making successful production of food a global priority. Approximately one in every four jobs in Nebraska is connected with the food and agricultural industry, according to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Whether students are preparing to better manage their own farm or ranch operation or to work in an agriculture-related business, the coursework in law, policy, finance, technology and sustainability will broaden their perspective and enhance their leadership capabilities, according to Cook-Benjamin.
“We are working on articulation agreements with community colleges and have plans to explore international partnerships as well,” said Cook-Benjamin. “Doane’s expertise in online education and its location in one of the nation’s prominently ag-focused states make this a great fit for Doane and for our students. The future of agriculture is bright and it makes sense for Doane to be a part of leadership development in the ag sector. We look forward to welcoming our first group of students in August when the program launches.”
Information on the Agribusiness program is available at doane.edu/agribusiness.