Montana State University

Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172920
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920

Tel: (406) 994-3701
Fax: (406) 994-4838
Location: 306 Linfield Hall

Department Head:

Dr. Wendy Stock

Job Opportunities and Placement

The growing complexity of the global food system, coupled with advances in food production, processing, biotechnology, and changes in government policy will spur demand for agricultural business majors. Indeed, the growing need for well-trained students with knowledge of agricultural production, marketing, finance, and policy is expected to result in additional jobs in the future.

Our agricultural business and economics graduates are employed by a wide variety of agribusinesses. Others successfully manage their own farm or ranch. Many have used their degree as a foundation for advanced study.

Placements of recent graduates include:

Archer Daniels Midland (market analysts)
Columbia Grain (market analysts)
USDA Farm Service Agency (loan officers)
Southern States cooperative (plant managers)
Montana Livestock Ag Credit (loan officers)
Farm Credit Services (loan officers)
Northwestern Mutual Life (finance service managers)
U.S. Bank (loan officers)

Our graduates manage risk, make business and strategic decisions, and manage people for each of these companies.
Graduate school placements of our recent graduates include:

University of California Berkeley
North Carolina State University
Montana State University-Bozeman
University of California Davis
Purdue University
University of Maryland
University of Washington
Washington State University

Our graduates say...

"Brought agricultural angles into business courses. Very good professors. Left class with something I can put to use."

"... a very wothwhile and challenging department."
"You never know how you are going to use your Economics background. Aside from our own business, I assist Blue Cross & Blue Shield and the Federal Reserve Bank as a board member. My Economics training has been invaluable in these roles and has made me an effective contributor in businesses far removed from agriculture."
                   – Dean Folkvord, CEO of Wheat
                      Montana, Class of 1982

"I was in an unrelated major in the College of Agriculture, but minored in Agribusiness Management because I was impressed by the hands-on, applied approach that the professors took to teaching business concepts. Now that I work in the 'real world', I find that I use what I learned in these classes literally every day. Studying the business side of agriculture at MSU put me in a postition to succeed in the agriculture industry."
                   – Alex Offerdahl, Project Manager,
                      Watts and Associates, Class of 2001

"Excellent topics, taught extremely well, and I enjoyed attending class."
"I believe that this is one of the best departments on campus. The faculty and staff were always avaialbe and concerned about students."