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Agricultural Economics

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

Market food, feed, fibre and fuel. Learn about global trade. Challenge political policies. Learn the business aspect of the world's largest industries.


Program Options

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural - Agricultural Economics

  • B.S.A. Honours
  • B.S.A.

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What is Agricultural Economics?

Economics is the study of how societies use available resources to meet the needs of people. Agriculture represents the single largest use of the earth's resources—a major driving force in the world's economy. Agriculture is a modern, complex industry where products are being consumed, developed, financed, grown, marketed, processed, regulated, researched, taxed and transported. Environmental quality, food safety, management of biotechnology and globalization are important issues that agricultural economists study in a business context.

Some of the topics students will study include a supply chain perspective of science, technology, production practice, product handling, product marketing systems and uses for Saskatchewan-produced grain; natural resource use from the management and policy perspective; problems affecting Western Canadian agriculture; and farm and agricultural business operations management.

 

Agricultural Economics: Is it for you?

If you have an interest in social studies, the environment, business, finance, international relations, government or science, this program is a great place to start your career path. At the U of S, students learn how to relate theories and concepts from agricultural economics to better understand business management and current, real-world issues.

The job market for economists is remarkably consistent - regardless of economic ups and downs, experts are always in demand.

Small class sizes in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources are a plus.  Students are coached and mentored by a dedicated team of teacher-scholars.  As graduates of our programs, you will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.

Our greatest commitment is to you, our students - to us, success means preparing you to think, to lead, to challenge, to learn, to contribute, to envision and to achieve.

Sample Classes

Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Presents the student with a formal analysis of national accounting, the consumption function, investment, public expenditure, taxes, budgets, money and interest, IS-LM analysis of general equilibrium in an open economy, aggregate supply and demand, public policy, inflation, and the rudiments of growth theory.

Industrial Organization of Agricultural Markets
Describes the current structure of agriculture and changes currently taking place. Theoretical concepts such as oligopoly models, game theory, and transactions costs theory are developed. These theories are used to examine such issues as market concentration, spatial competition, vertical integration, contracting, and agricultural research and development.

Agricultural Finance and Appraisal
Study and application of economic principles in agricultural finance and capital investments analysis and farm real estate appraisal. Farm finance includes the study of financial management and agricultural credit. Farm appraisal includes a study of land values and the various approaches to the valuation and assessment of farm real estate.

Career Opportunities

Students with Agricultural Economics training are actively recruited into the job market, finding positions locally, nationally and internationally in

  • agriculture policy analysis
  • market analyst
  • business management
  • intellectual property
  • international development and trade
  • marketing
  • natural resource and environmental economics
  • price analysis and community development

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.

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

A Stepping Stone

A B.S.A. degree in Agricultural Economics is an extremely useful and marketable starting point for studies in other areas such as business, communications, education, international studies, finance, journalism, law or politics.

Graduates from this department have been accepted at prestigious post-secondary institutions for post-graduate study.