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Agribusiness

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Take your ideas to market. Unleash your inner entrepreneur. Learn the tricks of global trade. Add value to your education. Manage your business for profit.


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Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness

  • B.Sc. (Agbus.) Honours
  • B.Sc. (Agbus.) Four-year

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What is Agribusiness?

With an industry worth more than $95 billion annually in Canada alone, agribusiness is big business. It is a business of local and global importance, encompassing a huge range of activities that all contribute to our supply of food and natural fibres. Agribusiness comes into play at every stage in the food chain, from primary production, to the packaging of your favourite snack food. It is also a dynamic business that must respond to sweeping advances in technology, to major changes in trade and policy, and to an ever-changing, consumer-driven marketplace.

The Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness combines science, economics, agricultural economics and business courses. Students learn about business management, marketing, finance and sales, as well as the legal and institutional environment that characterize agribusiness.

Agribusiness: Is it for you?

Graduates of the B.Sc. (Agribusiness) will understand the structure and organization of the agri-food sector and possess business skills relevent to farm input, on-farm businesses, processing, transportation, credit and marketing.

AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program.  The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies.  Students can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group related to your area of specialization such as the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter or the AgBizz Club.

Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.

Sample Classes

Innovation and Entrepreneurship  Explores the historical and economic roles of entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector of the Canadian economy.  Students will be exposed to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in the context of both independent and corporate organizations.  Entrepreneurship practice is explored through interviews and discussion with entrepreneurs.

Grain and Livestock Marketing
A study of the Canadian grain and livestock marketing systems, procedures and institutions. Examines the price discovery methods used in grains and livestock marketing including: open (futures) market, marketing boards, teletype auctions, etc. Other topics include: the historical evolution of current marketing systems, marketing functions, government policy and regulation and market structure.

Agribusiness Venture Management
Designed to assist students in developing and understanding the skills and tools required in the preparation and presentation of a complete and professional business plan for a business entity in the agricultural industry.  All aspects of the business plan are included in the project:  operations, human resources, marketing and finance.

Career Opportunities

The transformation of Canadian agriculture has created new demands for knowledge and education. Consumers and the food service industry are demanding a wide variety of high quality, safe foods that are convenient to prepare. Agribusiness prepares students to become

  • agricultural entrepreneurs
  • sales professionals, marketing in agricultural chemical, grain handling, seed production and distribution
  • business managers
  • management consultants;
  • agricultural lenders
  • production managers
  • communications and public relations

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness degree are eligible for membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, allowing them to engage in the practice of Agrology.

A Stepping Stone

Graduates of diploma programs in a related area may receive up to two years transfer credit towards the B.Sc. (Agbus).

An agribusiness degree is a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.

Graduates from this highly-regarded program also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.