Institute for Agriculture

Agricultural Business Degree

Agricultural Bachelor’s Degree Program

Buena Vista University's agricultural business degree 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.

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BVU’s unique approach takes students beyond the traditional focus on agricultural economics and risk management, to include additional training in operations management, accounting, and finance. Our Agricultural Business students possess the solid business management savvy to successfully engage in areas of agribusiness such as: development, entrepreneurial endeavors, banking, organizational management, operations and supply chain management, among many other industry opportunities.

Why Study Agricultural Business at BVU?

Solid Foundation

Our Agricultural Business degree is solidly grounded in business principles, applied to the agriculture industry. You will graduate with a firm understanding of how to succeed.


Practical Focus

Your studies focus on real data. The theory and practices you learn will be put into action on our ag experiment station. Our faculty come from the industry and connect you with real executive managers.


Have a business idea? We can help make it a reality. The Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship offers support in developing your idea... and possibly providing support funding!


Every year 60,000 agriculture job openings require advanced skills or degrees... and only 35,000 new college graduates are there to fill these roles! With an agriculture degree from BVU, you will be in high demand.

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Building Valuable Connections

With a campus minutes from the agriculture industry, our faculty actively engage industry experts to bring an added layer of real-world context to the class topics within their courses. These interactions are not limited to just local experts, but extends worldwide.

Our faculty help facilitate other connections as well. Recently our students visited the John Deere Combine production facility to see how combines are built and to discuss production and financial management.

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A head start in agricultural business

Zach Anderson

Zach combined the networking skills he learned in class, provided Zach with the knowledge he needed to begin working in agricultural sales, agricultural real estate, and business. Today, he is a licensed real estate agent with Midwest Land Management and an ag chemical and fertilizer dealer through Wells Ag Supply.

I wanted to work on my family farm and help my dad. But now I’m grateful for the knowledge I gained in both business and agriculture, and the benefits it promises for the future.

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Institute for Agriculture

The future of the world’s food and energy resources is being built right now. Become a part of it with an agriculture degree from BVU. Located in the heart of Midwest ag country, you’ll have opportunities at BVU that you can’t find at any other institution.

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Earn Your Degree From Anywhere

Earn your degree at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

For Working Professionals

Classes start six times per year, allowing you to focus and fit 8-week classes into your busy schedule at your convenience. BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

Applied coursework emphasizes connections to your career and experiences.

Agricultural Business Courses

  • Major in Agricultural Business (59 Credit Hours)

Agricultural Business Faculty

Fredi Arias Garcia
Dr. Fredi Arias
Instructor of Agricultural Business
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Rich Crow
Rich Crow
Director of Agriculture
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Jennifer Hecht
Ms. Jennifer Hecht
Associate Professor of Accounting
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Kevin Price
Kevin Price
Instructor of Management
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