Food and Agriculture Industry Immersion

The Food and Agriculture Industry Immersion program will give you an educational experience unlike any other. You will have the chance to learn about the many facets of the food and agriculture industry from experts at UC Davis, which is consistently ranked the best agricultural school in the U.S. and world

You will immerse yourself in live case studies and interact with top industry executives to better understand the complex forces shaping and driving this industry that have game-changing importance on local, national and global levels. Leverage UC Davis' global leadership in food and agriculture to advance your career.

“The Food and Ag Industry Immersion has been my most rewarding learning experience.”
– Laudan Yavari, MBA 19

Stuart Woolf, CEO of Woolf Family Farms, shares how student teams quickly developed compelling solutions to optimize the value of fallow land given the challenges of lack of water.

With a focus on innovation, you'll learn about:

  • State of the food industry and future challenges
  • Seed research and food innovation
  • Global supply chain management
  • AgTech innovation
  • Role of big data in consumerism
  • Food innovation and impact of organics
  • Developing brands for shifting consumer demand
  • Innovation in food waste, preservation and recycling
  • Corporate approaches to food waste management
On the ground: Field study offers exclusive tours of food and ag companies led by CEO and founders who share about their operations and business challenges.

“This was a great chance to see what some of the ag and food businesses are doing regarding food waste.” – Sara Pace, Business Development Fellow

Program Highlights

  • Tied to a university that is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally for agriculture 
  • Effective two-courses:
    • Company Visits (1-unit), Fall quarter
      Tour regional food and ag firms, learn about agtech and business models.
    • Industry Immersion – Executive Speakers
      (3-unit, Winter quarter)
      Five, full-day sessions led by food and agribusiness top executives.
  • Hands-on experiences as part of MBA-agricultural sciences team 
  • Close proximity to Sacramento, America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital
  • Led by food and agriculture expert Julie Morris, former director of technology innovation for the UC Davis World Food Center
  • Merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $44,000 are available to incoming MBA admits for fall 2021.

Recent Executive Speakers

Food & Agriculture Advisory Council

  • Vincent Asiago, Director, R&D Portfolio and Innovation, HM.CLAUSE
  • Soren Bjorn, President, Driscoll’s of the Americas
  • Mark Borman, President, Taylor Farms
  • Jack Clare MBA 04, Chief Information Officer, UNFI
  • Greg Estep, Managing Director and CEO, Spices, Olam International
  • John Foraker BS 86, Co-Founder and CEO, Once Upon A Farm
  • Ejnar Knudsen, CEO and Managing Director, AGR Partners
  • Nancy Quan, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Innovation Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Harold Schmitz, Founding Partner, The March Fund
  • Justin Siegel BS 05, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine and Faculty Director, Innovation Institute for Food and Health
  • Deirdre Zimmerman, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Raley’s