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Agriculture Business

Campus Location: Calmar, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


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 you with a diverse, technical, agricultural background with a combination of classroom theory and hands-on training. You 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.

You 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:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Agriculture Business

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 71

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

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)


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

Agriculture Business

Additional Information:

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