Top 10 Executive Courses in Agribusiness

Top 10 Executive Courses in Agribusiness

Global shifts from climate change, environmental pressures to geopolitical tensions are reshaping the business of agriculture. Executives are having to manage supply chain risks and even find opportunities arising from international changes to the economic, political and social landscape.

Some will find value in an executive education course at a business school. Many top institutions are teaching courses tailored to the agribusiness industry, which cover the major trends in the sector and help participants to build competitive advantage and drive business growth.

Often these courses are delivered in partnership with multiple schools and industry associations, helping to blend theory and practice and expand the network for participants who are leading food producers from across the world. The programs feature extensive networking with food industry executives, in addition to a curriculum of study covering strategic marketing, executive presence, communication and much more.

Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Seminar has been running for more than 50 years in Boston. The annual program sees executives gather to discuss key agribusiness trends, challenges and emerging opportunities. The four-day course covers climate change, environmental pressures, geopolitical tensions, and other supply chain risks. Participants leave better able to build a competitive advantage and drive business growth.

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Los Angeles, California

USC Marshall School of Business offers the Food Industry Executive Program that’s designed to prepare the foods industry’s future leaders, in partnership with the Western Association of Food Chains. It’s an immersive four-day course that covers the latest industry trends and features networking with food industry executives. The curriculum includes courses on strategic marketing, executive presence and communication.

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New York City, New York

New York’s Columbia Business School offers a course called Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities of agriculture investment, and is aimed at public sector officials and civil society representatives from low and middle-income countries.

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Ithaca, New York

New York’s Cornell SC Johnson College of Business has offered the Food Executive Program for more than 55 years. The five-day course covers emerging food industry trends, personal leadership style, food retailing strategies and the economic environment. It’s delivered on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca where attendees interact with faculty and peers in an intimate learning environment.

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Blackrock, Ireland

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin, Ireland, offers a number of professional diplomas in food, including the Manager Development Programme, an executive education course created for food producers. It has been designed to help participants address the global challenges facing the agribusiness such as economic and environmental sustainability, food safety and healthy diets.

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College Station, Texas

The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) is offered by Mays Business School at Texas A&M. It teaches advanced agribusiness skills such as international development, market evaluation, financial forecasting, as well as talent management and negotiation. Students spend an intense week in the business school classroom taking lectures and taking part in roundtable discussions with classmates who are leading food producers from across the world.

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