Agriculture Business

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Agriculture Business

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 71

Location: Calmar, Online

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact email:


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 Environmental Science, Agriculture Finance, Agriculture Office Technician, Agronomy Custom Application, Animal Science, Crop Advisor, Dairy and Precision 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
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGB:330  Farm Business Management 3.0
AGS:114  Survey of the Animal Industry² 2.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
   Agriculture Elective 2.0
   Math Elective 3.0


Term 2
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 3.0
  Electives 3.0


Term 3
AGB:812 Agribusiness Internship II 2.0
  Electives 4.0


Term 4
AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0

Agricultural Selling

AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
BIO:125 Plant Biology OR 4.0
BIO:248 Intro to Bioscience Technology OR 4.0
  Chemistry Elective 3.0
  Accounting Elective 3.0
* Computer Elective 3.0


Term 5
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Management 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communication OR 3.0

Composition I

PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
  Elective 3.0


Computer Electives: BCA:xxx, CAD:xxx, CIS:xxx, GIS:xxx

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 $19,344 - $45,968 and a projected growth of 11.1%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business graduates is growing.

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.

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

Farm Hand
Farm Manager

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club

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