Agricultural Economics

In the Department of Agricultural Economics our award winning advisors take a student-oriented approach to insure each student receives a personalized experience. Students can choose from four areas of study: agricultural business, sales and marketing, farm management, or agricultural economics.

Whether you're looking for a competitive advantage in the business-world or insights to take back to the family business, a degree from the department of agricultural economics can provide you with in demand skills and knowledge to inform your future career.

While on campus, you'll find endless opportunities with over a thousand clubs and organizations, Big Ten athletics, and over 49,000 possible friends! 

Take that first small step, and let it lead to your next giant leap at Purdue by applying today! We know that you’ll find your fit in Purdue’s Ag Econ Department. Boiler Up!



Contact Us

Agricultural Economics Department
403 W. State Street
Krannert Building, Room # 566
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-4773



99% Placement Rate
99% Placement Rate

Students in the agricultural economics program have a 99% placement rate at graduation

Globally renowned program
Globally renowned program

Purdue is home to the #4 Agriculture program in the U.S.

QA World University Rankings 2022
Average Starting Salary
$51,277 Average Starting Salary

Students in the agricultural economics program have an average starting salary of $51,277



ChoosING A degree program that's right for you

Whether you’re interested in policy, business, data and analytics, management, entrepreneurship, economics, or sales and marketing, the possibilities are endless when you study Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.


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Increasing opportunities exist for agricultural graduates to enter managerial positions in business. These businesses may be large or small and may be organized as proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, or cooperatives. They include meat, dairy, and poultry processing industries, grain handling, feed manufacturing, and seed and fertilizer firms; transportation and storage concerns; and wholesale and retail food businesses.

The Department of Agricultural Economics B.S. in Agricultural Business curriculum gives special emphasis to agriculturally related businesses; however, its requirements are broad enough to allow adequate preparation for nonagricultural businesses. This option also has enough flexibility to permit you to prepare for an international career in agricultural business and can serve as a foundation for graduate school.

Students seeking an Agricultural Business degree have the option to create their own path by specializing in management, finance, marketing, commodity marketing, or food marketing.

After graduation, many students move on to jobs in agricultural lending, agricultural commodity trading, sales, marketing, farm ownership, agribusiness management, cooperative extension, or continue on to graduate school.




The bachelor of science in agricultural economics is for students looking to understand the innerworkings of the food, fiber, and fuel industries. Students learn how to apply economic and business principles in understanding trends for banks, farm credit institutions, feed companies, farm equipment and fertilizer manufacturers, and food processing firms.

Students seeking an Agricultural Economics degree have the option to create their own path by concentrating in applied agricultural economics, quantitative analysis, or commodity marketing.

Students graduate prepared for careers in business, public policy analysis, economic development, finance, banking, sales, marketing, management, natural resources and environmental economics, cooperative extension, or continue on to graduate school.





Farm Management prepares students for managing the home farm, professional farm management, or understanding the challenge of managing a farm. Emphasis is placed on production, finance, marketing, and management strategies.

Students seeking a Farm Management degree have the option to create their own path by concentrating in farm management-business or production agriculture.




The Agricultural Economics B.S. in Sales and Marketing not only emphasizes sales, marketing, and management, it allows students to develop an area of specialization to prepare them for entry into an agriculture-related industry of their choice. A wide spectrum of farm supply industries, service firms, agricultural marketing organizations, and food manufacturing companies are marketing-oriented and depend extensively on agricultural graduates who are well-trained in marketing tools and concepts.





Students who study agricultural economics at Purdue University come from a wide-range of backgrounds. Learn more about the endeavors of our current students.

Success Stories

Senior Spotlights - with their academic careers nearly complete, top graduating seniors share highlights from their time at Purdue University.

Senior spotlights


Learn about the many student organizations within the College of Agriculture and across campus!

BoilerLink: Student Organizations

Yes! There are a number of study abroad opportunities both in the College of Agriculture and the Department of Agricultural Economics! Visit the Purdue Agriculture Study Abroad site to learn more, apply, and prepare for your experience abroad.

Purdue Agriculture Study Abroad


International Opportunities from the Agricultural Economics Department:

AGEC: Colombia Maymester: This course provides an international and multidisciplinary perspective on food security and resources. The focus will be on case studies that represent different regions of the world with special emphasis on the changing conditions for tropical agriculture.

AGEC: China Maymester: This is a 3-credit, Purdue faculty led course where students spend 15 days in China during the second half of May. We travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Yichang, Langfang, and Shaoxing.


Students completing a degree from the Department of Agricultural Economics enjoy a wide array of job options and opportunities – both inside, and outside of the Agricultural Industry. Click below to view popular positions taken by our graduates and a list of top companies that hire our students:




Laura Barrett in DC
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AgEcon Sophomore Gives Back to Local 4-H Program through Summer Internship

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Student gains insight into agricultural policy at DC conference

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AgEcon Sophomore Pursues Passion as President of Purdue's Trap and Skeet Club

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AAEA focused course creates new connections and internship opportunities for AGEC student

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Agricultural Economics Department, Undergraduate Advising, (765) 494-4201,