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Involvement Of Agricultural Economics In Graduate Agribusiness Programs: An Uncomfortable Linkage


  • Biere, Arlo W.


Departments of agricultural economics face a changing environment. Some argue for the adoption of the Master of Agribusiness degree. I argue that agribusiness in not well differentiated from agricultural economics and that the forte of agricultural economics departments is teaching applied economics, not teaching management. Furthermore, in today's dynamic, open economy, a good understanding of economics is more valuable than ever before. Rather than leave our area of strength, we should look to improve our current degree programs given today's business needs.

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  • Biere, Arlo W., 1988. "Involvement Of Agricultural Economics In Graduate Agribusiness Programs: An Uncomfortable Linkage," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 13(01), July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32166

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    1. Pagoulatos, Angelos & Debertin, David L. & Pagoulatos, Emilio, 1978. "Government Price Policies And The Availability Of Crude Oil," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 3(01), July.
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    1. Steven T. Sonka & Michael A. Hudson, 1989. "Why agribusiness anyway?," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 5(4), pages 305-314.
    2. Akridge, Jay T., 1992. "Agribusiness And Extension: Characteristics Of Successful Programs To Serve A Rapidly Changing Clientele," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(01), pages 37-43, July.
    3. Steven J. Torok & Alan Schroeder, 1992. "A comparison of problems and technical assistance needs of small agribusiness and nonagribusiness firms," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(3), pages 199-217.


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