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College of Business

Location: Lincoln, Online, Crete
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A degree in Agribusiness prepares an individual to manage agricultural businesses and agriculturally-related operations. Agribusiness is designed to prepare a student for employment in a wide variety of fields including business, finance, international agriculture, agricultural marketing, policy formation, farm and ranch management, resource economics, rural development, banking, and real estate appraisal.

The curriculum focuses on management and skills necessary for students to succeed in running their own businesses or a range of agricultural jobs. The degree emphasizes decision-making skills, understanding of the agricultural-food system dynamics, and leadership/management qualities to enhance students’ contributions to agribusiness ventures. This program prepares students to engage as leaders and responsible citizens in the world.

Campus and online course availability varies by program. Student Organizations are only available for the College of Arts and Sciences. Please contact the enrollment team for more information.

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The Doane Difference

Traditions roots run deep in agriculture. We honor agriculture’s heritage by teaching you to build a business worthy of passing down to the next generation.

More Than Farming
Agriculture means many things to many people. We give you a wide lens across all aspects of the agriculture industry, so you can make a difference no matter where you take your education.

Technology never stops changing, especially in agriculture. At Doane, we teach you how to leverage the technology that’s shaping the future of agribusiness to increase yields and profits.

We live in a global ecosystem. Fluctuating markets and a growing global population affect the livelihood of local farmers, ranchers, and ag professionals. At Doane we equip you with the skills needed to react to an ever-changing global market.

Future farms can’t plant crops if we deplete the topsoil today and ranchers can’t raise livestock if we pollute the air they breathe. At Doane, we teach you to protect the agriculture of today with the agriculture of tomorrow.

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Agriculture dominates the culture around us, and we embrace the wealth of knowledge and experience demonstrated by our rural neighbors. There’s no better place to study agribusiness than surrounded by farmland. Come and see.

Program Information

Ranch and Farm Managers

2018 Median Pay: $67,950 per year
Job Outlook = +7% from 2016-2026 in Nebraska
Ranch and Farm Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operations of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aqua-cultural operations, nurseries, timer tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

2018 Median Pay: $40,860 per year
Job Outlook: +7% from 2016-2026 in Nebraska
Agricultural and food science technicians work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition.

Compliance Managers

2018 Median Pay: $44,750 per year in Nebraska
Job Outlook: +7% from 2016-2026
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.

Financial Analyst

2018 Median Pay: $85,660 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2016-2026
Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Loan Officer

2018 Median Pay: $63,040 per year
Job Outlook: +12% from 2016-2026
Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. Advise borrowers on financial status and payment methods. Includes mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers, and loan underwriters.

Production Manager, QA Supervisor, Department Manager

2018 Median Pay: $60,420 per year
Job Outlook: +9% from 2016-2026
Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.



Doane students have had opportunities to at such companies as Norder Supply and Servi-Tech, two ag/crop consulting business.

The Agribusiness course load differs slightly for students in Doane’s College of Professional Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences. Download the course description documents to learn more about the classes offered for Agribusiness.

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a national business association devoted to promoting interest in various fields ranging from accounting to computer programming.

Kappa Alpha Omicron

KAO is a nationally-recognized academic honor society in environmental science and studies. Membership provides recognition for outstanding student work in this rapidly growing area.

For students who want a strong scientific foundation while still learning the business of agriculture, Doane offers an emphasis on environmental science for Agribusiness majors. Students with this emphasis will take more science courses than a regular Agribusiness major, but will still get a complete business education. This emphasis is useful for students seeking a career in agricultural technology, research, education, or entrepreneurship. The environmental science emphasis area is only available on the Crete campus.

Pete Poppert

Pete Poppert

Professor of Practice