God placed Adam in the garden and instructed him to take care of it (Gen. 2:15). Since the beginning of time, we have been cultivating the ground and keeping the orchard in order to provide food for ourselves and those around us. The agricultural business program at Grace College was founded in 2017 to help meet the needs of our state’s agricultural economy as well as the world’s growing need for efficient farming.
The Hoosier agriculture industry produces $38 billion annually, about 13.5% of the state’s total economy. World population estimates forecast that farms will need to produce 70% more food in the future than they do currently. Grace trains students to become Christ-like leaders in the agricultural industry, ready to meet the demands of farming today and in the future.
The Grace College School of Business offers both associate and bachelor degree programs in agricultural business. The programs are biblically based and provide strong foundations in science and traditional business in addition to specialized agribusiness courses.
Students are required to complete three internships during the agribusiness bachelor degree program. The intended purpose of this requirement is to allow our Ag Business students to work alongside businesses in a mentorship style experience. Unlike other short-term internships, Grace agribusiness internships last several months and provide the in-depth agriculture experience necessary to prepare students for a career in the field.
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- Farm Management
- Operations Manager
- Project Manager
- Agricultural Economics
- Farm Supply Management
- Agricultural Communications
- Business Analyst
- Agricultural Software Developer
- Stable Management
- Agricultural Insurance
- Commodities Trading
- Agricultural Sales
- Crop Insurance
- Agricultural Policy Analyst
- Grain Broker
- Farm Manager
- Field Service Technician
- Agricultural Lending
- Livestock Feedlot Operator
Agricultural Business is a Good Fit for Those Who Are:
- Proficient with Numbers
- Business Savvy
- Good Listeners
- Good at Building Relational Equity
- Excellent Communicators
- Problem Solvers
The Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation’s website states that Grace College is “located in a strong agricultural production area that has changed significantly and is noted for state-of-the art innovation and technology in its farming, agriculture processing and agriculture equipment industries. What hasn’t changed is the rural work ethic of its workforce and a common-sense problem-solving approach to business.”
Jeff Mize, CEO of Ag Plus in South Whitley said, “Agricultural employment options are endless right now. There are so many opportunities that were not (available) 20 years ago. You look at your workforce and almost 50 percent of our workforce is going to retire in the next three to seven years.”
Internships are designed to provide the student with hands-on experience for an entire ag-cycle from planting through harvest. Internships will be tailored to the agricultural interest of each student.
Education with a Biblical Worldview
At the heart of a Grace education are academically challenging courses that are specifically designed to foster a thirst for character, competence, and service within the hearts and minds of our students.
"There's a big difference between having knowledge and being wise. My Agricultural Business professors and mentors are genuinely wise. They are willing to pour into me and want to see me succeed." -Hallie McGlaun