Northeast Iowa Community College Logo

Agriculture Business

Campus Location:

Calmar, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science

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 Environmental Science, Agriculture Finance, Agriculture Office Technician, Agronomy Custom Application, Animal Science, Crop Advisor, Dairy and Precision Agriculture.

Agriculture Business

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® 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.

Agriculture Business

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 68

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGB:330  Farm Business Management² 3.0
AGS:114  Survey of the Animal Industry3 2.0
AGP:333 Precision Farming Systems OR 3.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science OR 3.0
AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0
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 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
  Agriculture Electives 3.0
  Accounting Elective 4.0
* Elective 3.0

 

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

Composition I

3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0

*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, VIN, 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
²Farm Management
3Animal Science

Agriculture Business

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $22,827 - $27,335 - Region 1: Agricultural Equipment Operators
  • $33,985 - $54,741 - Statewide: First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming/Fishing/Forestry Workers
  • $25,652 - $42,004 - Region 1: Sales Reps, Services, All Other
  • $28,608 - $44,488 - Region 1: First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers
  • $20,007 - $ 27,786 - Statewide: Office Clerks, General
  • $30,874 - $52,211 - Region 1: Business Operations Specialists, All Other

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)

1,870

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

Agriculture Business

Additional Information:

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog

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