Agribusiness | Hastings College

Agribusiness

Why major in Agribusiness?

Hastings College agribusiness graduates are building careers in Fortune 500 companies, cooperatives, implement dealers, renewable energy companies, genetics companies and more, including operating their own business. You’ll find grads serving in a variety of positions — sales, marketing, grain merchandising, agronomy and more — but with agriculture being involved in 1 out of every 4 jobs in Nebraska and 1 out of 5 nationally, career options abound!

A partnership benefiting you

Our agribusiness major features a great partnership between Hastings College and Central Community College in Hastings.You’ll receive the tools necessary to equip you for the decision-making processes and framework of business administration and entrepreneurship at Hastings College, while CCC provides you with the latest in the technical aspects of agriculture and food production.

Broad view, local ties

The liberal arts aspect of Hastings College gives a broad view of the world, helping you understand current issues facing farmers, ranchers, food producers and agribusinesses. Certainly, this is an advantage when it comes to employment opportunities!

Because the Hastings-area’s economy is rooted in agriculture, we provide leads to numerous internships and career opportunities, whether your interests are in farm management, crop and livestock production, marketing and sales, management, accounting, natural resource management or international trade.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

Create your own future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.
Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings can help you get where you want to go.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, agribusiness majors serve one and sometimes two internships, including one through our exclusive Talent Pool program. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

At every step in your path you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College and you won't find it anywhere else.

Add expertise to your agribusiness degree

Many of our majors pursue additional study in these areas:

  • Economics
  • Business administration
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing

Get involved beyond the classroom

  • Professional Business Leader’s Club
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership honor society)

In addition to these business-related groups, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for agribusiness majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. If you decide to pursue a business-related major, you can apply for the T-L Irrigation/Thom Business Scholarship. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

Agribusiness grads employers

You’ll find recent Hastings College graduates building careers in agribusiness at places like:

  • AgReliant Genetics
  • Union Pacific
  • Tallgrass Energy
  • Aurora Cooperative
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • John Deere

Success in AgriBusiness

Brooke Ballou '15 is finding post-graduate success with the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska. The 2015 Hastings College graduate from Wilsonville, Nebraska, landed a job as an account representative, managing accounts with chemical shippers. more
Senior Landon Rodabaugh spent his summer in recreation and relaxation rooms, behind the foosball table and within the belly of an adult-sized slide — all the while gaining valuable experience for a future career in software engineering. His summer... more
Every October, students from Hastings College conduct research in Ireland throughout the month as part of a program called Irish Fellows. This program began in 2007 with then Hastings College Dean and Irish literature specialist, Dr. Richard Lloyd... more
Grant Hunter, a 2014 Hastings College graduate and Fulbright Fellow teaching in Kosovo, traces interest in Southeastern Europe to J-Term class he took while a student at Hastings. more
Jed Cornforth '00 majored in economics and business administration and is now the Strategic Planning and Business Analysis Director of USA Football. more