Agricultural Business

BVU’s agricultural business program prepares students for successful careers in agriculture through training in agricultural business administration and rural entrepreneurship. By partnering with agriculture industry experts in the Midwest, BVU agricultural business students gain the expertise needed to manage agricultural businesses and related operations.


The Professional World of Agriculture

By looking at agriculture through a business lens, BVU creates opportunities for students in the agriculture-rich region to build upon their foundational knowledge, find a rewarding career in agriculture and related industries, and help build our existing hard-working communities. Students can choose from either an agricultural business major or an agricultural business concentration BVU’s business and accounting majors.

The program’s training in the functional areas of agricultural business includes management, accounting, finance, marketing, economics, production, operations, and strategy, with electives in specialized areas of agricultural business, entrepreneurship, and science. 

Students who graduate from these programs can pursue careers in:

  • Agricultural management
  • Agricultural lending
  • Agricultural finance
  • Accounting
  • Commodities trading
  • Human resource management
  • Agricultural marketing and sales
  • Production and operations management 


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Internship Interest

BVU has recently received an overwhelming number of partnership possibilities from industry experts from across the state.

Location Perfection

Located in the heart of the nation’s agricultural community, BVU is home to a number of frontline access opportunities essential to Iowa and the Midwest.

Practicality Applied

Programs focus on the general planning, economics, and use of facilities, natural resources, equipment, labor, and capital to produce products.

Domestic and International

Students will apply economics to the analysis of resource allocation, productivity, investment, and trends in agricultural sectors.

A professor teaches in the trading room

Robert. L. Peterson Commodity Trading Room

Real-world business, real-time data

Buena Vista University has received a generous $500,000 gift from the Bob and Ginny Peterson Foundation to support the Robert L. Peterson Commodity Trading Room. The trading room is housed in BVU’s Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, and students use this space to manage six-figure stock portfolios, learn about the commodities market, analyze real time data, and make buy-sell decisions. 


The Deere Strategy

A visit to the John Deere World Headquarters served as an unmatched opportunity for BVU students

It has an internationally-recognizable green and yellow color combination, facilities in more than 30 countries, and a history of opening the Midwest to wide-scale productive agriculture.  John Deere is as committed to those linked to the land as BVU professors are committed to providing hands-on, value-added student learning. In April 2018, 35 BVU business students and three professors earned themselves a temporary seat in the Deere executive headquarters’ board room.

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Alumni Internships

  • ICON Ag & Turf
  • Chicago Board of Trade and Linn & Associates
  • Farm Bureau
  • Wells Enterprises (Blue Bunny)
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.

Alumni Careers

  • Trusted Energy
  • Farm Credit
  • John Deere, Inc.
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Wells Fargo 

Alumni Success

Mike Naig, Class of 2000, is Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture. He has degrees in biology and political science, and was appointed to his role in March 2018.


A President’s Scholarship

The Joshua and Carrie Merchant Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture

BVU President Joshua D. Merchant, and his wife, Carrie, have established a $50,000 endowed scholarship to support students who pursue programs as part of BVU’s Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Resource Management. Preference is given to students who are first in the family to attend college, have been active participants in either 4-H or FFA, and demonstrate financial need.

Major in Agricultural Business (59 Credit Hours)
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