Food and Agricultural Business

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Food is big business. It is Canada's second largest industry, and in Ontario one in every five jobs is food-related. In the Food and Agricultural Business (FAB) major of the Bachelor of Commerce degree program, you will develop the management skills you'll need to succeed in today's agribusiness industry.

You will explore all areas of management, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, production, organizational behaviour, policy planning and implementation. Your degree will also prepare you for further studies leading to a professional accounting designation or graduate school. This program is fully accredited by the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Co-op opportunities are available. This program is offered and administered by the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics.

Unique Courses

  • Agrifood Markets and Policy
  • Food and International Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Food & Agri Marketing Management
  • World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
  • Economic Statistics

Full course descriptions and a listing all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Career Opportunities

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Agronomy Specialist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Procurement /Purchasing Agent
  • Sales Development/Area Marketing Specialist

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

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"A great thing about my program and the FARE department is the opportunities they provide. In my third year I chose to join the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) student chapter team. Our team of 15 University of Guelph students worked extremely hard all year to create a product and marketing plan that presented a benefit for an agricultural producer." -Tim Shuh, food and agricultural business student

Read the rest of  Tim's profile here.

Learn about other student experiences through the following student profiles:

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet Thomas Scott:

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"The thing I like the most about working in the dairy industry is that farmers are so keen to try new things and do what it takes to improve efficiency. They are always striving to learn more and do better and its fun going along for the ride with them. " -Thomas Scott, Dairy Account Manager

Read the rest of Thomas's profile here.