Agricultural Business Management
Career opportunities in agriculture are growing all over the world and employers from every part of the food and fiber system look to SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Business Management program for talented graduates ready to be leaders in their fields.
Business activity in agriculture or "agribusiness" ranges from providing supplies and services to farmers through the actual on-farm production of food and fiber, to the processing and distribution of those products. This broad-based program provides enough flexibility to allow each student to custom design a truly unique educational experience, yet retains the essential knowledge base which ensures successful attainment of long-term goals. These goals may include graduate study, employment in an agribusiness or self-employment.
>> Student-centered, award-winning faculty with decades of collective experience in the
>> Living agricultural laboratory complete with working dairy, equine, livestock, crop and
agricultural engineering operations.
>> Well-rounded, comprehensive ag business education with the opportunity to
take a number of hands-on technical elective courses in animal science, plant science,
agricultural engineering and wildlife management.
>> Ag business internships lead directly to careers with some of the globe’s most prominent
>> Real industry partnerships and market-relevant education provide practical agricultural
experience and management principles.
>> Travel and networking opportunities with agricultural leaders annually from
New York to China.
>> Prepare for admission to a graduate program in agricultural education, agricultural
economics or business administration with our specialized advisement tracks.
SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Business Management program offers three distinct degree options to suit your needs and career choices.
Associate's in Applied Science (AAS)
> 60 Credit Hours (2 Years)
> Easy transition into Bachelor degree programs at SUNY Cobleskill
> Excellent option for students wishing to transfer to other institutions for baccalaureate
Bachelor of Technology (BT)
> 120 Credit Hours (4 Years)
> Most popular program degree option
> Includes 12-credit professional internship
> Ideal for students entering the workforce immediately upon graduation
Bachelor of Science (BS)
> 120 Credit Hours (4 Years)
> Well-suited to students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Agricultural Education,
Agricultural Economics or Business Administration
> Relative to the BT, the BS requires more Liberal Arts coursework, fewer technical elective
courses and no mandatory internship
What Will I Learn?
Agricultural Business programming at SUNY Cobleskill is designed to provide students a valuable education through hands-on production and business management courses.
In addition to the Ag Business core curriculum of financial management, agricultural economics, accounting, operations and production management courses, students can take advantage of the state-of-the-art on-campus farm facilities through electives in Animal Science, Agronomy, Horticulture and Agricultural Engineering. Ag Business students also have annual for-credit travel opportunities, both international and domestic, to expose them to the global nature of the ag business complex.
> Intro Agribusiness & Ag Economics > Ag Operations Management
> Ag Production Managementsssssss > Financial Management
> Equine Business Managementsssst > Niche Marketing / Agritourism
> AGBU Field Studiessssssssssssssss > Value Added Production
> AGBU Entrepreneurshipsssssssssst > Ag Sales & Promotion
> Commodity Supply & Marketingsss > Farm Appraisal
> Ag Economics & Geographysssssss > Ag Retail Management
> Intermediate Ag Economicssssssss > Ag & Enviromental Policy
> Agricultural Lawssssssssssssssssss > Agricultural Credit
> Ag Business Fellowsssssssssssssss > Advanced AGBU Management
> Quantitative Methods for AGBU
See full program details and course sequences in the SUNY Cobleskill Course Catalog >>
Study Abroad and Field Studies
“We were all from different backgrounds and ages yet shared the same passion for agriculture, which made the trip even more interesting and enjoyable. I learned a lot about agriculture, how different societies operate and would recommend any student to seriously consider study abroad.” - Ashley Celestin, Hungary/Austria trip participant
Each year, SUNY Cobleskill students have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of study abroad programs including opportunities in Costa Rica, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey and many others.
Ag Business Management students can also enroll in the AGBU 270 Field Studies Course, a one-credit faculty-led travel experience to a new domestic or international location each spring. Recent Field Studies trips have included: The American Midwest, Hungary/Austria, Ireland, California, China and Germany.
Internships provide invaluable life lessons and an excellent head start into the professional world for our students.
Kayla Wheeler, Spring 2015
AgFirst, New Zealand
AgFirst provides a wide range of services to New Zealand’s rural sector. The company has the country’s largest network of agricultural, horticultural, and agricultural engineering consultants which provide high quality service and solutions. During her internship Kayla worked with dairy farmers in Northern, New Zealand to improve pasture quality and feed cost efficiencies along with nutrient management of dairy cattle effluent. Ms. Wheeler is currently seeking employment with a U.S. agricultural firm.
Adam Gokey, Summer 2015
Kuhn North America, Brodhead, Wisconsin
As an intern at Kuhn’s North American Headquarters Adam learned how an international agricultural implement company serves its dealer customers. Mr. Gokey developed new and innovative product packaging and shipping designs as well as supply chain and inventory management systems. Kuhn is world renowned for its hay tools, landscape maintenance equipment, animal feed mixers, and manure spreaders. At present Adam has the opportunity to continue working with Kuhn upon graduation although he is exploring other Agribusiness opportunities.
Chris Duffy, Fall 2014
DeLaval, New Zealand
DeLaval is a world leader in the dairy farming industry, offering automatic and conventional milking systems, cooling and feeding systems, effluent & housing systems and farm management support systems. Chris was tapped as an intern for DeLaval in New Zealand, where he had the opportunity to work with dairy farmers to set up, evaluate and troubleshoot robotic milking systems. Because of his incredible experience abroad, Chris was hired as a professional with DeLaval in Argyle, NY in 2015.
Matthew Pinckney, Summer 2014
Helena Chemical, Hatfield, MA
Matt’s internship at Helena Chemical was a diversified sales and service position that has since turned into fulltime employment. Helena is one of the nation’s foremost agricultural and specialty formulators and distributors in the U.S. Products and services offered include crop protection products, fertilizer, application services, financial services and precision agriculture software.
Heidi Matthews, Summer 2014
Hornstra Farms, Norwell, MA
As an intern at Hornstra Farms, Heidi had the opportunity to take on a wide array of responsibilities for one of the most successful diversified dairy producers in eastern Massachusetts. Hornstra operates an on-farm retail store, a large on-site dairy processing facility and offers home delivery services for dairy products in Norwell and other greater Boston suburbs.
Nick Villano, Summer 2014
Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management, Morristown, NJ
Northwestern Mutual is one of the country’s oldest and most successful wealth management firms. Upon accepting an internship position with the company, Nick became certified by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to sell insurance and annuity products and quickly eared his own clientele. Nick is currently working as a professional in the financial services industry.
Meghan Tanner, Summer 2014
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Stanardsville, VA
Meghan’s internship with Cooperative Extension in Virginia was focused on development and coordination of educational opportunities for 4-H youth and marketing of Extension programs to agricultural audiences and beyond. Meghan currently works for Cooperative Extension in Connecticut and will be pursuing a Masters degree in Agricultural Education at Virginia Tech in Fall, 2015.
Ali Maher, Summer 2014
Farm Credit East, Hornell, NY
Farm Credit East is one of the Agricultural Business Management program’s longest standing internship cooperators. Each year, several of our students have the opportunity to work in Farm Credit offices throughout the Northeast. Ali quickly proved herself at the Hornell office working with Farm Credit clients and since has been hired as a Farm Credit professional in NY.
Tom Latzkowski, Fall 2013
AJ Trucco , Vineland, NJ
AJ Trucco is one of the largest fruit importers in the United States and Tom was tasked with heading up warehouse operations and quality control during his internship. Tom was hired by AJ Trucco after his internship to manage their New Jersey distribution facility.
Employers look for our students first because they know that graduates from SUNY Cobleskill have significant practical agricultural experience and learned management principles from a program that values industry partnerships and market-relevant education.
Recent graduates are now employed at a variety of organizations including:
> Dupont Pioneers > Helena Chemical
> Farm Credit Eastss``````` > Northwestern Mutual
> Growmark ` > Agribusiness
> DeLavalsssssssssssssss > West Virginia University
> Great Plains Agriculture > NY Farm Bureau
> USDAssssssssssssssss` > Vivint Solar
> Bright Farmssssssssss` > FFR Cooperative (Virginia)
> A.J. Trucco, Inc.sssss` > Cooperative Extension in New York, Virginia and Connecticut
Meet the Faculty
The Ag Business faculty at SUNY Cobleskill are student-centered and committed to excellence in teaching. These award-winning individuals have tremendous practical industry experience and teach with the objective of molding tomorrow’s agricultural professionals.
Jason R. Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. Evans received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from West Virginia University and has served on SUNY Cobleskill’s faculty since 2009. His teaching interests include agricultural economics, food systems, agricultural policy, environmental issues and operations management. Dr. Evans advises several student organizations on campus and has been instrumental in developing a number of grant opportunities and new programs at the College.
Sophie T. Winter, Ph.D.
A native of southern France, Dr. Winter joined the Agricultural Business Management team at SUNY Cobleskill in 2014. She received a Masters degree in Agribusiness from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State. Her teaching interests include food systems, marketing, small business development and entrepreneurship. Dr. Winter is faculty advisor for the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), a student organization that competes nationally each year in marketing plan competitions.
For incoming freshman:
> High school average above 80
> 2 years math
> 1 year lab science (biology preferred)
> 1000 minimum SAT
For current SUNY Cobleskill students:
> Cumulative 2.50 GPA (required)