Ag. Business – Dairy

A field of dairy cows lies in the grass while one dairy cow stares into the camera.

Ag. Business – Dairy

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 21

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact email:


Northeast Iowa Community College has a nationally recognized dairy program. With the state-of- the-art facilities and outstanding instructors, we consider ourselves second to none. The Dairy option allows students to participate in the Dairy program at NICC while emphasizing training toward a more business-related career in agriculture.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
* Agriculture Elective 2.0


Term 2
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:337 Principles of Dairy Production 3.0
AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0


Agriculture Electives: AGS:244, AGS:326, AGS:334

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $19,427 - $44,449 and a projected growth of 25.1%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business - Dairy graduates is outstanding.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club

Program Facilities

Dairy Science Center, Dairy Science Center Cropland

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Tad Mueller
Agriculture Business Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 111