Agricultural Business Courses

Listed below are brief descriptions of the agricultural business courses offered by the William H. Darr College of Agriculture. Please note that graduate courses are numbered 600 and above.

Agricultural Business (AGB) courses

  • AGB 144 Agricultural Economics I

    Characteristics of our economic system and basic economic concepts with applications to agriculture. Effects on agriculture by money and banking systems, monetary and fiscal policies, government policies, and international trade.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 314 Legal Aspects of Agriculture

    Recommended Prerequisite: 30 hours. Legal framework impinging upon decision making of farm business including farm ownership and transfer, taxation, business organization, losses, and regulations of land and water use.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 334 Marketing Agricultural Products

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 144 or ECO 165. Marketing functions and agencies involved in the movement of farm products from producers to consumers. Explains how the economic behaviors of the farmers, marketing agents and consumers affect the organization and performance of the food markets.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 344 Financing Agriculture

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 144. Capital requirements and sources and uses of each type of credit.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 354 Land Economics

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 144. Principles and institutions affecting the allocation of land resources among uses and users.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 364 Agricultural Commodity Futures and Options

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 334. Introduction to the economic theory, organization, and operating principles of agricultural commodity futures markets. Emphasis is placed on speculating, hedging, and investing in agricultural commodity futures contracts.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 374 Agricultural Business Management

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 144. A study of agricultural firm management including planning, organizing, directing, controlling and coordinating functions used to attain business goals. The role of finance and type of business organization including agricultural cooperatives.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 384 Agricultural Selling

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 334. Principles of selling with application to agricultural inputs and products. Attitudes, value systems, and behavioral patterns that relate to agricultural sales. Relationship of sales to marketing, selling strategies, preparing for sales calls, making sales presentations, handling objections, and closing sales. Analysis of the buying or purchasing process. Evaluation of agri-selling as a possible career choice.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 394 Agricultural Industry Study

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in AGB 494 for 1 credit hour; completion of 60 hours including 6 hours in agricultural business; and permission of instructor.

    A five-day study alternating between St. Louis and Kansas City to examine the management process of a variety of agricultural businesses. May be repeated for a total of 2 credit hours. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 444 American Agricultural Policy

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 144. Description and analysis of economic problems of US Agriculture. History and significance of government programs to support farm prices and incomes, conserve land resources, encourage adequate food supplies and expand US agricultural trade.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 494 Problems in Agricultural Business

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Student selects a specific topic, prepares an outline, makes an investigation and presentation under the supervision of an agricultural business staff member.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 514 International Agricultural Trade

    Prerequisite: AGB 334 or MKT 350.

    Gains from trade, agricultural trade policies of exporters and importers, exchange rates, multilateral trade negotiations, preferential trade agreements, technical barriers and environmental regulations and trade. May be taught concurrently with AGB 614. Cannot receive credit for both AGB 614 and AGB 514.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 524 Agricultural Prices

    Prerequisite: AGB 334.

    Factors influencing the level and movement of agricultural commodity prices and prices of agricultural inputs. May be taught concurrently with AGB 624. Cannot receive credit for both AGB 624 and AGB 524.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 534 Production Economics

    Prerequisite: AGB 144.

    Application of economics of production in agricultural and business management, examination of the relationships between inputs and outputs, and impact of technology selection on business profitability.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    1

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 584 Farm Business Management

    Prerequisite: AGB 144.

    Economic principles applied to the organization and operation of agricultural units; tools of decision-making; and factor allocation. May be taught concurrently with AGB 684. Cannot receive credit for both AGB 684 and AGB 584.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 614 International Agricultural Trade

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 334 or MKT 350. Gains from trade, agricultural trade policies of exporters and importers, exchange rates, multilateral trade negotiations, preferential trade agreements, technical barriers and environmental regulations and trade. May be taught concurrently with AGB 514. Cannot receive credit for both AGB 514 and AGB 614.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 624 Agricultural Prices

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 334. Factors influencing the level and movement of agricultural commodity prices and prices of agricultural inputs. May be taught concurrently with AGB 524. Cannot receive credit for both AGB 524 and AGB 624.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • AGB 684 Farm Business Management

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGB 144. Economic principles applied to the organization and operation of agricultural units; tools of decision-making; and factor allocation. May be taught concurrently with AGB 584. Cannot receive credit for both AGB 584 and AGB 684.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings