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In the field or in public service, agricultural economists apply economic concepts and problem-solving skills to effectively and efficiently manage farm, environmental and commercial decisions. Agricultural Economics is for students interested in improving food production and processing, developing agricultural policy, helping rural communities preserve and develop their economic strengths, or protecting our natural resources. This emphasis is for students specifically interested in public policy, government, and pursuing graduate studies and/or law school. It prepares students in focus areas such as environmental and natural resource management, international economic development, and international trade and agricultural policy. Many of these careers are in the public sector or relate and work with public institutions. In Policy Analysis, Agricultural economists often are employed by environmental groups, government agencies, commodity organizations and media to interpret how agricultural policies affect various interest groups. These policies include all aspects of agriculture, from water and soil use to technology adoption to international trade patterns. Such policies affect all of us through food and energy prices, the quality of our water and air, product development, and international trade and negotiations.

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Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: