Volume 13, Number 11 February 3, 2006

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Degree in Agribusiness established

University Council has approved a new undergraduate degree program in Agribusiness, to be offered by the College of Agriculture starting in September.

Bob Tyler, Associate Dean Academic in the College of Agriculture, says the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness (B.Sc.Agbus.) was established in response to student and employer demand for a program that meets changing conditions in the agricultural industry.

This is the first new degree established in the College in more than 90 years.

The program is designed to prepare students to work at the the point where agricultural science and business overlap.  They will learn about the structure and organization of the agri-food sector and will acquire business skills relating to farm inputs, primary production, processing, transportation and marketing.

Dean of Agriculture Ernie Barber says, “The Agribusiness degree will really help to solidify a relationship among students, industry and the University which hopefully will continue when the students start their careers in agribusiness.  This relationship is critical, as good teaching and research requires an engagement between industry and the University.”

Phil Graham, Western Canadian General Manager of Cargill says, “An Agribusiness degree is an asset in attracting companies like Cargill to recruit University of Saskatchewan graduates.  The program will provide a unique blend of agriculture and commerce, something that is of greater importance to the international agri-business community.”

The new degree program doesn’t replace any College programs.  It will be offered in addition to current programs in Agricultural Economics.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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