Agribusiness education stretches across borders

Arizona State University’s Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness is expanding its offerings in Mexico. The school is collaborating with the Tecnológico de Monterrey-Sinaloa in Culiacan, Mexico, to offer a series of seven agribusiness-focused workshops during the 2008-2009 academic year.

The Morrison School faculty will provide the faculty of Tecnológico de Monterrey-Sinaloa and local agribusiness professionals with exposure to a broad range of agribusiness management fields as well as insights into the current leading issues driving agribusiness research and business strategy.

“The workshop series comes at a time when agribusiness firms are fighting to remain competitive and sustain long-run profits in an increasingly global environment,” said Mark Manfredo, associate professor in the Morrison School.

“As agribusiness firms increase the scope of their global operations, their business risks and societal risks also increase,” Manfredo said. “These risks and the challenges and opportunities they present have become the focal point of many current policy discussions.”

This new partnership is strengthened by the fact that Mexico is one of the United States’ leading trade partners and Sinaloa is one of Mexico’s leading states in agricultural production.

Topics for the workshops include current trends in agribusiness, new trends in crop production, international trade, food safety, food quality, risk management, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, food retailing, and food processing.

The workshop series also will assist the Mexican faculty in efforts to establish an undergraduate program in agribusiness.

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