This course looks at the management of the agricultural firm, including organization, planning, direction, and process control. Students will understand tools of decision-making and factor-allocation in agricultural production. Special emphasis is placed on finance sources and business organization, including the co-op model.
Marketing agency and supply-chain functions involved in the delivery of agricultural products from source to the consumer are explored. Students learn how the behavior of farmers, marketing agents, and consumers affect the organization, pricing, and performance of food markets.
This course explores the application of concepts from Macro and Microeconomics to agriculture, including commodities market analysis and the basics of futures markets, including local market basis.
This course examines the effects of banking systems, exchange rates, monetary policy, and international trade policy on the business of agriculture. Students will understand subsidies and regulations in the context of global agriculture.
This course provides an overview of the scientific methods available to the managerial decision-maker. Course topics include linear programming, the transportation problem, queuing, simulation, project management, forecasting, facility location and layout, inventory control, quality assurance, and job design.
Five-day on-site study at two agricultural sites for firsthand experience with management processes. Students will compare and contrast management processes, observing and analyzing site-specific practices.
3-4 month paid internship program with a Southern California or Central California alum agricultural business and an on-campus student club, “The Country Club,” dedicated to supporting students’ learning and career journey.