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Agriculture Production

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


The Agriculture Production degree program is designed to train people to work in the agriculture production industry. It provides the technical agricultural skills necessary in farming in today’s agriculture industry. During the first year, you have the option of specializing in several areas by taking specified electives. Included in the first year of study are eight weeks of internship experience in your area of specialty. The Agriculture Production program allows for the flexibility to tailor the program to your own specific interests.

Agriculture Production

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 Production

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 70

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGB:330 Farm Business Management² 3.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry³ 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
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGC:802 Agriculture Production Internship I 2.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
  Agriculture Elective 2.0
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 3
AGC:812 Agriculture Production Internship II 2.0
  Elective 4.0


Term 4
AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
BIO:112 General Biology I OR 4.0
BIO:248 Intro to Bioscience Technology 4.0
** Applied Agriculture Elective 2.0
  Elective 4.0
* General Education Elective 3.0


Term 5
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Management 3.0
  Agriculture Elective 2.0
  Elective 3.0
* Social Science/Humanities Elective 3.0


One Communication Elective: Transfer-level COM, ENG, SPC
One General Education Elective: Transfer-level ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CLS, COM, DRA, ECN, ENG, ENV, FLS, GEO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHS, PHY, POL, PSY, REL, SOC, SPC
One Social Science/Humanities Elective: Transfer-level ART, CLS, DRA, ECN, FLS, GEO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, POL, PSY, REL, SOC

**Applied Agriculture Electives: AGA:283, AGA:375, AGS:244, AGS:326, AGS:334, AGS:354, GIS:140

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 Production

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $26,733 - $35,350 - Region 1: Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
  • $20,588 - $24,021 - Region 1: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
  • $16,966 - $25,698 - Statewide: Animal Breeders
  • $40,793 - $76,741 - Statewide: Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Borgen Farms, Chatfield, MN
Coop, St. Charles, MN
Decorah Lanesboro Sales Commission, Decorah, IA
Farmer's Coop, Spring Grove and Wells, MN
Farmer's Mill, Provitin, IA
Farmer's Union Coop, West Union, IA
Mark and Dale Elsbernd, Calmar, IA
Meyer Farms, Caledonia, MN
Pork & Beans Farms, Preston, IA
Small Family Dairy, Lawler, IA

Sample Job Titles

Custom Applicator
Farm Hand

Agriculture Production

Additional Information:

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog


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

Nate Gebel
Agriculture Production Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105