Agribusiness Administration


Career Objectives

Managing agricultural, livestock, forestry and fisheries processing industries in a profitable and sustainable way, for the purpose of fulfilling a service to the community


Professional Profile

Professional of economic and administrative sciences who manages companies of the *agribusiness sector with business judgment, reinforcing their production, administration and business systems.

He has technology information which also can address production processes methods to achieve their objective.


Specific tasks or activities carried out in the profession

He structures and designs the organization of the company.

He observes the market behavior analyzing the setting’s factors.

He generates and develops new business dealings for the sector.

He *formulates and presents Investment Projects.

He examines the factors which condition the company’s profitability, growth and indebtedness and makes appropriate decisions.

He *plans, *organizes and evaluates the courses of action of the administrative acts.

He analyzes, diagnoses and resolves situations and management issues of the company.

He *plans and *organizes productive activities corresponding to product transformations and *by-products obtained from commodities of the *agrosilvicultural sector.

He monitors agro-industrial processes, overseeing and evaluating them under quality standards.

He optimizes the agro-industrial processes.

He creates work teams focused on the tasks of the profession.

He manages the production systems with return expectations, therein:

He studies the manufacturing methods and the technical *feasibility and then select the most cost-effective one among the various options.

He applies changes and technological innovations of the productive process from a technical, social, economic and environmental perspective to be *sustainable and respond to the productive sector’s demand.

He ensures a rational management of resources.

He performs quality control of the storage and preservation processes of agro-industrial products under total quality standards.

He establishes the commercial activity and selects the products distribution channel.

He makes sales diagnosis and forecast.

He carries out the price update of the products.

He monitors the customer satisfaction.

He is a consultant in the fields of economics and administration of *agrosilvicultural companies.

Among others.


Occupational Field

Agricultural products processing industries (such as: Wines, juices, dairy products, meat products, soy, jams, flours, butter, oil, etc) in production departments, quality, food safety, and continuous improvement.

Importing and exporting companies of packaged and concentrated products.

*Biotechnology industry

Textile industry

Companies of production or commercialization of chemical products of agricultural application like cosmetic industry, pharmaceutical and cleaning.

Tobacco companies

Rural products companies

State agencies of Production and Trade

Supermarket Chains

Agro-industrial Producer Association

Market Research Companies

Independently as a consultant in strategic and tactical levels of companies in the agribusiness and service sector

Teaching in higher education institutions


Estimated time of College years:

4 to 5 years according to the course plan of the institution that imparts it.


 Main courses considered in the syllabus.

Basic Training Courses

Mathematics (3 semesters)

*Statistics (2 semesters)

Professional Training Courses

*General Administration (2 semesters)

*Economics (4 semesters)

*Market Research

Financial Accounting

*Financial Management (2 semesters)

*Cost Accounting

*Agricultural Products Marketing

*Marketing (2 semesters)

*Personnel Management

*Natural Resource Economics

*Industrial Management

*Vegetal and Animal Raw Materials (3 semesters)

*Agriculture and Fishery

*Forestry Resources Management

*Food Technology

*Unit Operations (2 semesters)

*Administrative Information Systems

*Employment Law

*Agribusiness Law

*Operations Research

*Project Evaluation

*Business Management

International Economics

International Finance

Foreign Trade Management

Complementary Training Courses

English (4 semesters)


Vocation, Skills and Interests required in the candidate to this career


Interests

Interest in undertaking new things, conceiving projects in the social-commercial area

Enthusiasm for challenges and addressing them with strategy

Taste for doing research, obtaining things, proposing ideas, running errands, etc.

Inclined to *plan and *organize works or activities.

Motivation for relating to people

Interest in information handling (documents, forms and in all sorts of information formats)

Motivation for the projects of the productive type

Interest in technology and motivation by its implementation

Give importance to do things in an efficient way

Inclined to Biology and Organic Chemistry


Skills

Imagination, creativity and initiative in the business area

Leadership and communication skills

Distributed Attention, in other words, to answer diverse or different topics efficiently

Mathematical Skill

*Analytical Capacity

*Synthesis Capability

*Logical-Deductive Reasoning

*Numerical Reasoning

Capacity of Structured Thinking

Ability to write and handling written information

Adaptability to group work


Vocation

Create wealth for a common good.

Build and create in search of the production.

Or any specific dream or longing which feels involved or oriented towards this direction.


Candidate Personality

Entrepreneurial

Dynamic

Proactive

Competitive

Realistic

Organized

Methodical

Systematic

Punctilious


Work Scope

Urban and Industrial

Competitive, business, managerial and social environment where you must move to one place to another and relate to different people


Related Careers

Industrial Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Food Engineering, Marketing, Business Management, International Trade.


*Glossary of Terms

*Aquaculture: Aquatic species farming at productive levels.

*Aquaculture and Fishery: Fishery, *Pisciculture and *Aquaculture (Crustacean Farming). Natural aspects of fishery resources. Technical standards of fishery and aquaculture processing plants. Fish product preservation methods:

Functions aimed at maintaining or preserving it before being processed or consumed. Storage and Transportation.

*Pisciculture concepts. Methods and types of Exploitation, extraction, management, processing and *Pisciculture products and by-products marketing.

*Aquaculture concepts. Methods and types of Exploitation, extraction, management, processing and *aquaculture products and by-products marketing.

Knowledge of the crustaceans and mollusks as raw material sources for the agribusiness sector. Methods and types of Exploitation, extraction, management, processing and products and by-products marketing.

*Administration: Administer: Direct, govern, conduct, determine the direction, the policies to pursue, lead an enterprise.

Manage the human, economic and technical resources to achieve the peak performance.

*Personnel Management: Administrative functions of the human resources field: Position analysis, recruitment and selection, training and assessment, motivation and incentive systems and working relationships.

*Financial Management: Collection and determination of the cash flow (inflows or outflows of money) required by the company, in addition to the distribution and management of those funds in order to maximize the economical value of the company.

*General Administration: Administration functions. *Planning, *organization, *direction and job monitoring processes.

*Information resources of companies.

*Industrial Management: Management of industrial processes to achieve greater productivity through the optimum use of *available resources.

*Agribusiness: Industries which transform agricultural, livestock, wealth, forestry and fishery products, in finished products.

*Biotechnological: *Biotechnology: Technology applied to biological processes.

*Analytical Capacity: Ability in the study that is made of a reality or situation, discriminating the facts, describing them and seeing the relation between them. Tendency to use guidelines (sequences), classifications and identification of existing relations, in the study and understanding of something.

*Synthesis Capability: To be able to conclude something with regard to a situation or reality in which numerous factors intervene.

*Agricultural Products Marketing: Discipline which studies needs, desires and behavior of the consumers to determine the production accordingly.

*Cost Accounting: Registration of organizations expenses, identifying the type of existing cost within an enterprise whether from production, damaged equipment, etc, applying different systems for their calculation and making it useful in the decision-making.

*Demand: Amount of goods or services the consumer is willing to buy at a certain price.

*Employment Law: Labor laws which regulate the worker-employer relations according to the current labor code.

*Economics: Science which subject of study is the social organization of the economical activity.

*Economics (Course): Economics performance of people and enterprises. Different types of market organizations. Basic principles of the economic theory. *Macroeconomics. *Microeconomics. *Demand Theory. Supply Theory. Among others.

*Natural Resource Economics:

The role of *natural resources in the economic system. Economic analysis instruments of natural resources.

Such as:

*Supply, *demand and natural resources allocation (such as fishery resources, fresh water, petroleum, forests planting, among others).

Decision on the extraction or utilization of renewable or non-renewable natural resources, and the amount of the resource to be extracted or reaped presently.

National *policies, investment, trade and *market research for the products.

*Natural Resources Management.

Quantification of benefits and *policies costs and environmental damages. Among others.

*Statistics: Mathematical science which collects, analyzes and interprets data focused on the specific task in which it will be used, in order to summarize and describe the information they contribute.

*Project Evaluation: Study of the cost-benefit ratio of the project.

*Feasibility: *Feasible: Possible to perform.

*Financing: *Finance: Obtaining the required funds to carry out the desired project.

*Formula: *Formulate: Shaping a project, describing it in clear and accurate terms.

*Management: Manage: Do inquiries and procedures to carry a project forward.

*Business Management: Organization and functioning of the economic system.

Environmental scanning where the business management will be developed.

Competitiveness analysis of the company

Market opportunities

Design of a strategic plan

Marketing programs

Trade documentation usage

Among others.

*Vegetables: Plants which include veggies and green beans such as broad beans, carrots, garlic, scallions, cucumbers, etc. (fruit nor legumes are not included).

*Horticultural: Relative to *Vegetables.

*Market Research: Process of collecting, recording and analyzing the information related to the commercialization of goods and services.

*Market Strategy and Consumer Behavior.

*Operations Research: Course which concentrates practical applications of decision making in organizations; for that it uses mathematical methods and techniques in the scientific solution of business problems, and computer systems to help in deciding.

*Agribusiness Law: Legal regulation for the vegetable and animal raw material, their exploitation and handling.

*Legumes: Food that generally is presented as dry beans, for instance, chickpeas, lentils, beans, broad beans, etc.

*Macroeconomics: With respect to a country’s production and wealth-consuming and the problems related to employment level.

*Forestry Resources Management:

Fungus treatment. Medicinal plants processing to obtain wax, fiber and hormones. Timber processing obtained from natural forests or plantations to obtain resin, coal and more products. Among others.

*Marketing: Business administration branch which studies every function an enterprise has to perform to investigate the consumer needs and translate such information in the creation, production and introduction of new products to the market, for which it is necessary to develop market research activities, product planning, sales promotion, its sales and distribution.

*Vegetable and Animal Raw Material: Biological foundations of the plant and animal environment. Raw material of vegetable origin used in the food manufacturing:

Cereals

*Legumes and *oleaginous

*Horticultural products

Fruit trees

Among other raw materials of vegetable origin

Products of plant origin

*By-products of plant origin

Different livestock raw materials from the following sectors:

Meat

Dairy

*Egg Products

and other animal sectors.

*Livestock products

*Livestock by-products

Chemical, physical, *Organoleptic and nutritional characteristics of the raw materials of plant and animal origin

Raw materials properties, judging if they are eligible or not, for their use in agri-food processes

Microorganisms and toxic elements present in raw materials and produced food.

Raw materials quality control

Effect of transformation processes on the nutritional, *organoleptic and sanitary quality of food

Among others.

*Market: Public area intended to trade (buying and selling) products and services.

*Microeconomics: Economic analysis concerning the individual behavior of consumers, traders, producers, enterprises or industries, etc.

*Supply: Amount of goods and services producers are ready to sell at market prices.

*Oleaginous: Vegetables from which oil can be extracted through their seed or fruit, in some cases edible and of industrial usage in other cases.

*Unit Operations: Each of the needed shares of raw material, their transformation process and the actions to carry out their transportation.

*Organization: *Organize: Give the arrangement and coordination necessary to carry out the agreed, as planned.

*Organoleptic: Evaluation of the physical properties of the raw material or the product through their taste, texture, smell and color.

*Egg Products: Products that are obtained from the egg.

*Livestock: Relative to farming.

*Pisciculture: Fish Farming.

*Planning: *Plan: Establish what is going to be done.

*Policies: Criteria, methods or points of view from which a situation is faced; Way to handle an issue to achieve a particular purpose.

*Logical-deductive Reasoning: Ability to analyze propositions or complex situations, foreseeing consequences and be able to solve the problem coherently, just as you do in strategy games.

*Numerical Reasoning: Ability, speed and accuracy for calculation, to manipulate numbers and solve quantifiable problems. Ease to mental numeric operations and estimation of quantities with low margin of error.

*Resources: They are all those elements necessary for an organization in order to achieve their objectives, such as: facilities and devices, materials and *inputs, energy, information and data, *human resources, money or capital.

*Information Resources: Data and information required and processed by the institution.

*Natural Resources: They are those material goods and services that nature provides without alteration done by man.

*Agrosilvicultural: Word referred to forestry (silvicultural), agricultural (agro) and livestock.

*Administrative Information Systems: Knowledge of information structuring in electronic media and how it flows within an organization. Example: Sales System, Remunerations, Accounting, etc.

*By-product: Secondary product given off by an industrial process, and serves as raw material to a different manufacturing.

*Sustainable: Staying or sustaining economically over time.

*Food Technology: Analysis and study of food, its ingredients and properties.

Manufacturing processes from raw materials. Different operations that take place along the process. Methods and techniques of food preservation and storage.

Dairy and *egg products technology, Meat processing technology, fish and vegetable product technology.

GO BACK