UNR to supply dual-degree program in ag science, economics

Alfalfa grows in a subject in Northern Nevada. The brand new dual-degree program in agricultural science and economics is aimed toward rising the state’s ag {industry}.

Picture: Robert Moore

In an effort to reach agriculture, producers not solely want to grasp the science of rising crops and animals, but in addition the economics of working a enterprise — mounted and variable prices, return on funding, worth fluctuations, meals markets and extra.

With the Nevada Governor’s Workplace of Financial Growth recognizing agriculture as one among Nevada’s key industries, the College of Nevada, Reno has created a brand new program to permit college students to acquire each a Bachelor of Science in agricultural science and a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 4 years.

The brand new program is a collaboration of the College’s Faculty of Enterprise and its Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Pure Sources. Agriculture is quickly increasing in Nevada, with a 60.4% enhance in jobs over the previous decade, in comparison with only a 7.4% enhance nationally.

Along with ensuring producers have each the agriculture science data and enterprise acumen they should succeed, the brand new dual-degree program goals to supply the state with consultants who can analyze information, nationwide and worldwide commerce, and public coverage associated to agriculture, and assist information the {industry}, serving as sources for the state’s producers.

“One main thrust of our Faculty is to handle the problem of meals safety, and which means having the ability to produce extra meals regionally, with out having to depend on meals grown a whole lot and even 1000’s of miles away,” mentioned Invoice Payne, dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Pure Sources. “One other thrust is to assist our state prosper economically. This partnership with our colleagues within the Faculty of Enterprise helps us work towards each of those targets.”

The twin-degree program permits college students to mix a ardour for offering for the world by means of agriculture with a robust understanding of markets, commerce and statistics.

Graduates of this system will likely be ready for careers that may make a constructive affect in each the private and non-private sectors in fields referring to agriculture and economics. They may even be ready to proceed their training in graduate college within the area of agricultural economics in the event that they select to take action.

“Along with offering tutorial diploma packages, our Faculty’s analysis program contains school working within the agriculture and pure sources {industry} sectors” mentioned Greg Mosier, dean of the Faculty of Enterprise. “Nevada wants extra professionals who can serve this rising {industry} and supply producers with the info and evaluation they want. Graduates of this new dual-degree program will assist fill that hole.”

The Faculty of Enterprise helps companies and particular industries all through the state with analysis, evaluation, coaching and providers, corresponding to these supplied by means of its College Middle for Financial Growth, Middle for Regional Research and Nevada Small Enterprise Growth Middle.

Likewise, the Faculty of Ag’s Experiment Station and Extension models conduct analysis and interact with producers throughout the state to assist them run sustainable operations in Nevada’s difficult situations — packages to extend irrigation effectivity, develop low-water-use crops, and maintain rangeland well being, for instance. The Faculty additionally assists different industries by offering information and evaluation, industry-specific coaching and extra.

The Faculty’s new collaborative dual-degree program will present the state with extra agricultural economists who might help propel the state’s agriculture {industry} into the long run. College students who graduate from this system will have the ability to:

  • display mastery of basic agricultural, enterprise and financial practices, together with livestock and crop manufacturing, and familiarity with agricultural markets, together with futures, worth forecasting and danger evaluation.
  • display data of commerce coverage and related affect on international agricultural markets.
  • develop, analyze and interpret quantitative agricultural enterprise and financial forecasting fashions.
  • talk successfully inside the agribusiness setting.
  • acknowledge, consider and settle moral points.
  • fill entry-level positions in agricultural economics, and enter graduate research.

For extra info on this system for twin bachelor’s levels in agricultural science and economics, contact The Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Pure Sources at 775-784-1634 or cabnrstudentcenter@unr.edu; or The Faculty of Enterprise at 775-784-4912, businessadvising@unr.edu..

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