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AgriBusiness and Food Innovation Program

College of Business | Academic Programs

The AgriBusiness and Food Innovation Program opens doors to careers in one of the nation’s largest industries. The AFI program develops students’ innovation skills within the agriculture and food industries as well as knowledge of the business creation process. New in 2021-2022 is the Bachelor of Science in AgriBusiness and Food Innovation. The core courses in the AgriBusiness and Food Innovation minor, plus an internship in an agribusiness or food company, is a wonderful complement to many majors. Learn more about the Major!


Henze Ag Innovators Leadership Development Program

College of Business | Ag

The Henze Ag Innovators program is a select group of Minnesota State University, Mankato students interested in exploring agribusiness and food careers as well as developing leadership skills. The program is both fall and spring semesters.

Big Ideas Challenge

The Big Ideas Challenge is a new venture competition that encourages and celebrates students' innovative business ideas.

Richard Schmitz Food Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

Creates scholarships and supports an annual lecture by food entrepreneurship experts. This includes executives within a broad range of food processing, retailing and wholesaling industries.


AgToday is an organization designed to promote the growth and awareness of economic vitality shaped by the opportunities within agriculture.

Careers in this Field


Agribusiness Law

Business/Operations Manager/Salesperson/Manager

Claims Processor/ Loan Officer

Data Analyst/Financial Analyst

Human Resource Management

Marketing/Public Relations

Markets Trader/International and Domestic

Supply Chain/Logistics

AgriBusiness News

AgriBusiness and Food Innovation Major

The AgriBusiness & Food Innovation major prepares students to be the leaders of tomorrow by developing agriculture and food knowledge, skills and abilities. Students will engage in applied learning and develop leadership skills in the agribusiness and food realm.

AgriBusiness and Food Innovation Minor

The AgriBusiness and Food Innovation Minor prepares individuals to work and innovate in agribusiness, food, and agriculturally-related businesses.

Ag in Action

Ag in Action is a collaboration between Minnesota State University, Mankato, Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches’ Minnesota Venture Farms, My Place Mankato, and Model Citizen Farms, Paynesville to increase food, gardening and nutrition education for youth in underserved communitites.