BEC-51806 Agricultural Business Economics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised30
Course coordinator(s)ir. GWJ Giesen
Lecturer(s)ir. GWJ Giesen
dr. G Emvalomatis
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. AGJM Oude Lansink

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BEC-21806 Introduction to Business Economics, Management and Marketing

Continuation courses:

BEC-30306 Advanced Agricultural Business Economics


This course deals with the economic aspects farm owners/managers face when managing the farm. On the one hand they need to control and evaluate their business on a regular basis. For this purpose they need reliable financial data and overviews based on well-defined accounting standards. On the other hand there is a need for continuously adapting their business in order to deal with current problems and to anticipate expected future possibilities.
Keywords: business organization, asset valuation, balance sheet, income statement, accounting, efficiency measures, budgeting, linear programming, risk management, financial planning, investment analysis, time value of money.

Learning outcomes:

After the course, students will be able to:
- understand the basic underlying economic principles of farm evaluation and farm planning;
- read, create and use financial overviews for performing economic analyses;
- calculate optimal production plans, optimal levels of inputs and outputs;
- compare and select different investment options;
- assess the impact of risk;
- make optimal calculations for certain as well as for uncertain, risky production environments.


The course includes lectures, practicals and computer practicals.


Written exam.


Book: Kay, Edwards and Duffy: Farm Management (sixth edition, 2008) Mc Graw Hill ISBN 978-007-125953-8. Reader with practical exercises. Book and reader are for sale at WURshop.

Compulsory for: WUABMBSc Minor Agricultural Business Management2MO
Restricted Optional for: WUINEBSc Minor Innovation and Entrepreneurship2MO