To be successful in agriculture, producers must understand not only the science of growing plants and animals, but also the economics of running a business – fixed and variable costs, return on investment, price fluctuations, food markets, etc. With the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development recognizing agriculture as one of Nevada’s key industries, the University of Nevada, Reno created a new program to allow students to earn both a BSc in Agricultural Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in four years.
The new program is a collaboration of the University’s College of Business and its College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Agriculture is growing rapidly in Nevada, with a 60.4% increase in jobs over the past decade, up from just 7.4% nationally. In addition to ensuring that producers have both the agricultural science knowledge and the business acumen they need to be successful, the new dual degree program aims to provide the state with experts capable of analyzing data, national and international trade and public policies related to agriculture, and help guide the industry, serving as a resource for producers in the state.
âOne of the main goals of our College is to tackle the problem of food security, which means being able to produce more food locally, without having to depend on food grown by hundreds or even thousands of people. kilometers, “said Bill Payne, dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. âAnother goal is to help our state prosper economically. This partnership with our colleagues at the College of Business helps us achieve both of these goals.
The double degree program enables students to combine a passion for the world through agriculture with an in-depth understanding of markets, commerce and statistics. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers that can have a positive impact in the public and private sectors in fields related to agriculture and the economy. They will also be ready to continue their studies at graduate schools in the field of agricultural economics if they choose to do so.
âIn addition to offering degree programs, our College’s research program includes faculty working in agriculture and natural resources,â said Greg Mosier, Dean of the College of Business. âNevada needs more professionals who can serve this growing industry and provide producers with the data and analysis they need. Graduates of this new dual degree program will help fill this gap.
The College of Business assists specific businesses and industries statewide with research, analysis, training, and services, such as those provided by its University Center for Economic Development, Center for Area Studies, and the Center Nevada Small Business Development Center. Likewise, the College of Ag Experimental Station and Extension Units are researching and collaborating with growers statewide to help them run sustainable operations in Nevada’s harsh conditions – programs aimed at increasing l irrigation efficiency, cultivating crops with low water consumption and maintaining rangeland health, for example. The College also helps other industries by providing data and analysis, industry specific training and more.
The new collaborative college double-degree program will provide the state with more agricultural economists who can help propel the state’s agricultural industry into the future. Students graduating from the program will be able to:
- demonstrate mastery of basic agricultural, business and economic practices, including animal and plant production, and knowledge of agricultural markets, including futures, price forecasting and risk assessment.
- demonstrate knowledge of trade policy and the associated impact on global agricultural markets.
- develop, analyze and interpret quantitative agricultural business and economic forecasting models.
- communicate effectively within the agrifood environment
- recognize, assess and resolve ethical issues.
- hold entry-level positions in agricultural economics and undertake graduate studies.
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