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Top program attracts students to University

By Matthew Scalise

Ok, you have decided to study agriculture, but you have no idea where to go from there to secure future opportunities. One possible answer is to major in agricultural economics.

Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics' Agribusiness program is currently ranked number one in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The agricultural trade program is ranked number five, and the agricultural market and price analysis program is ranked sixth.

Shannon Lawyer, a junior in agricultural economics, enjoys the idea of being in the nation's top school. "When I go back home and look for a job in the summer it helps because of the prestige Purdue receives from companies," Lawyer said. "Despite the difficult workload, I get plenty of help because the professors and faculty are so understanding."

Lee Ann Williams, an agricultural economics academic counselor, also believes that student and faculty interaction is the key to success. "We offer one-on-one student counseling to make everyone feel at home," Williams said. "The faculty also has been very impressive bringing recruiters from various companies back to Purdue in order to help undergraduates find jobs."