Agri-Business Management

Agribusiness is the study of agricultural production - managing each step of the supply chain from farm to table and everything in between. A dynamic and complex field, agribusiness is adaptive and flexible, responding to new technological advances while remaining sustainable globally. You’ll graduate with a competitive edge – understanding business fundamentals and industry specific training.


In just eight months, the specialized training in this program will cover:

  • Sales and marketing;
  • Human resources and relationship management;
  • Occupational health and safety;
  • Accounting and finance;
  • Food safety and traceability;
  • Safe handling and application of pesticides;
  • Precision technologies such as GPS and drone applications.

Finding the balance between theory and practice is what Fanshawe does best. Our Agri-Business Management program combines traditional lectures with practical hands-on training, in addition to a six week field placement, giving you the experience you need to succeed on the fast track to a management career. Watch our program video to learn more.

This program is offered at more than one campus for your convenience. Learn more about the programs and services of Fanshawe’s campuses in Simcoe and London (London South Campus).

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Program Overview

Agri-Business Management is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program designed for people who wish to enter a career in the agricultural sector at the supervisory level, or to manage relationships in an agri-business environment typical of a sales, lending or other agricultural services role.

Delivery methods of courses include seminar, workshop, lecture, online presentation, field trip and includes a field placement in an agri-business environment.

Some of the courses contained in the Agri-Business Management program also qualify as credits towards other Graduate Certificate programs delivered by the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, and are available to be taken online.


Career Information

The agriculture industry is experiencing revolutionary change and growth, driven mostly by technology but also new standards for food safety and the proliferation of farm-to-consumer business ventures. This new reality presents many exciting career opportunities for aspiring agri-business managers. Graduates of Fanshawe’s Agri-Business Management program have the applicable skills to grow their career in a wide variety of agricultural businesses, including very large farms, smaller intensive farming enterprises, food processing and distribution firms, boutique enterprises that market their own products, and agricultural supply firms such as lending or sales enterprises. Graduates have entered the industry in roles such as supervisor in a production facility (e.g. poultry farms, mushroom growers) and supervisor / quality assurance technician in food processing plants.


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?


Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Marketing Management program:

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Have a positive impact on safeguarding Ontario's food chain and ensuring animal welfare.

Grain Elevator Operator

Purchase grain from farmers, determine the grade, and weight of delivery while maintaining a highly developed awareness of safety procedures.

Senior Agricultural Consultant

Meet or exceed financial targets through strong customer crop plans and tactical plans.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Manage key operations (e.g., marketing, recruitment, finance) of a small to medium-sized agricultural enterprise.
  2. Communicate business-related information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and graphic formats.
  3. Manage employees in compliance with provincial Acts to ensure their safety and productivity.
  4. Manage an agri-business enterprise within the confines of regulatory requirements and public policy.
  5. Assess new and emerging technologies available for use in an agri-business environment, and arrange for the effective implementation of these technologies.
  6. Promote an agri-business and its products through new media and other platforms.
  7. Build and maintain customer relations within agricultural lending and sales contexts.
  8. Discover innovative solutions to address business problems and opportunities related to an agri-business venture.
  9. Research and interpret information related to an agri-business enterprise to ensure its efficiency and economic viability.
  10. Develop strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance and maximize opportunities in an agri-business enterprise.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London South Campus
2023 January
2023 May

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 May

Program Details

Program Code
Academic School

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus Coordinator:

Larry Cavan

London South Campus Program Coordinator:

Sandra Wilson, MSc, CRSP, CHSC

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
36 weeks

Tuition Summary


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London South

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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.