Agribusiness Systems

Agribusiness Systems is a semester-length high school elective that introduces the business, management, marketing, and financial skills needed to successfully produce food, fiber, and fuel for domestic and global markets. Nearly 16 percent of total U.S. employment and 14 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product can be attributed to agribusiness systems, which means agriculture, food, and natural resources play a pivotal role in the economic success of our nation.

Students will learn about the components of the agribusiness system and how they interact to deliver food to our tables. They will also learn about the key elements of a successful agribusiness enterprise: economics, financial management, marketing and sales, and government policies and regulations.


  • Introduce the components of agribusiness systems.
  • Explain key business and management principles and issues for the agribusiness enterprise.
  • Present an overview of the knowledge and skills needed by agribusiness enterprises.
  • Expose students to career opportunities in agribusiness.
  • Analyze and interpret agricultural policies in relation to their effects on the agribusiness system and agribusiness enterprises.
  • Understand the impact of green practices and sustainability principles on natural resources and how they affect food production.
  • Recognize the need for accurate records and financial practices to maintain a successful agribusiness enterprise.
  • Analyze budgets and forecasts to determine business strategies.
  • Develop interpersonal and communication skills and critical thinking skills that are necessary for a successful career in the constantly changing agribusiness industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global markets, trade policies, and food security and safety issues that affect the agribusiness industry.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Course Length: Semester