Angel Rossi: Helping agribusinesses manage innovation and risk

After working for five years at agribusiness companies in Argentina, finance and planning professional Angel Rossi saw the Master of Agricultural Sciences as the way to future-proof his career.

“I chose to study at the University of Melbourne because Australia is close to the growing Asian markets – I believe Australia is the right place to study now if you’re focused on farming,” he says.

Angel Rossi
Angel Rossi says he is interested in helping agribusinesses navigate future challenges like climate change.

Angel’s educational background is business administration, so he had a range of study options to choose from.

The Master of Agricultural Sciences has five specialisations: Animal Science, Crop Production, Agricultural Extension and Innovation, Food Sustainability and Angel’s choice, Agribusiness.

Students complete an internship or research project, and can also choose a range of subjects from across the specialisation – so someone interested in managing a dairy business can combine animal science with agribusiness, or a student interested in giving advice on sustainable farming can combine extension and sustainability subjects.

Angel says he chose to focus on agribusiness because the classes were tailored to his industry, and interest in helping companies to navigate business challenges.

“In my undergraduate degree, most examples we studied were from companies in the service industries or other areas,” he says.

“The Master of Agricultural Sciences has a lot of subject options that have let me focus on the aspects of the business I like the most and that I believe are key for the future of agriculture such as Managing MarketsManaging Risk and Managing Innovation and Change.

“These have helped me build skills to grow agribusinesses in the context of new technologies, climate change and the volatility of agricultural markets.”

Most agricultural businesses face greater volatility than those in other sectors, and he says subjects like these have given him the knowledge to face major challenges.

“It’s good to have tools and skills to analyse seasons and climate change and prepare yourself for a range of situations. I think the subjects around that are really helpful, and are probably the ones I most enjoy,” he says.

Angel’s student colleagues have also brought experiences he could relate to his own in Argentina.

“At Melbourne, I’ve been able to learn and compare how agribusinesses work in different countries,” he says.

“There are lots of students from around the world that have provided me with examples of success from their countries.  It’s enriched my experience with different perspectives I could adapt to my country or business.”

Angel says in the next stage of his career, he wants to find a role evaluating different farming businesses and finding ways to add value to their products.

He’s also been able to get a firsthand experience of how different businesses operate through a visit to the Goulburn Valley, where he explored robotic dairying at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus, wine production and apple and pear processing.

“It’s really interesting how they’ve been able to add value to their products, how they label and market their products.”

Banner image: University of Melbourne agriculture students tour the enormous Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market at Epping before dawn.