Agriculture Business

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Agriculture Business

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 68

Location: Calmar, Online

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description

Agriculture is becoming a highly specialized and technical industry. As a result, the demand for trained, enthusiastic people greatly exceeds supply. The Agriculture Business program provides graduates with a diverse technical, agricultural background with a combination of classroom theory and hands-on training. Students develop technical agricultural skills necessary in an agribusiness, as well as skills in communications, human relations, management and sales. Internships are an integral part of the program of study. With the increased technology and regulation in agribusiness, there is a high demand for qualified graduates.

Students can specialize in the areas of Agriculture Finance, Agriculture Office Technician, Agronomy Custom ApplicationCrop Advisor, and Precision Agriculture.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. 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.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGB:330  Farm Business Management 3.0
AGP:333 Precision Farming Systems OR 3.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science OR 3.0
AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0
AGS:114  Survey of the Animal Industry² 2.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGX:8xx Agriculture Internship Elective 2.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
  Agriculture Electives 2.0
* Electives 3.0
* Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
AGB:812 Agribusiness Internship II 2.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0
AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Management 3.0
AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
  Accounting Elective 4.0
  Agriculture Electives 3.0
* Electives 3.0

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communication OR 3.0
ENG:105

Composition I

3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0

The Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience.  If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective from the areas listed above is required.

*Electives:

Electives: ACC, ADM, AGA, AGC, AGH, AGM, AGP, AGS, AGV, BCA, BIO, BUS, CAD, CIS, ECN, ENG, FIN, FLS, GIS, HIS, MAT, MGT, MKT, PHI, PSY, SDV, WEL

Science Electives:  Transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS, PHY

Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
¹Crop Science
²Animal Science

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,988 - $50,401 and a projected growth of 9.0%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Benson Farm Service, Lewiston, MN
Crop Production Services, Harmony, MN
Five Star Coop, New Hampton, IA
Fredericksburg Farmers Co-op, Waverly, IA
Mills Fleet Farm, Mason City, IA
USDA Farm Service Agency, Spooner, WI
Winfield solutions LLC, St. Paul, MN
Wisconsin River Coop, Adams, WI

Sample Job Titles

Applicator
Farm Hand
Farm Manager

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club

Contacts

Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
gravesl@nicc.edu

Tad Mueller
Agriculture Business Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 111
muellert@nicc.edu