Agriculture Production

A man kneels down among a row of sprouted plants in a field.

Agriculture Production

Subject Area: Liberal Arts and Transfer

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 68

Location: Calmar

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall


The Agriculture Production degree program trains 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.

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
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGB:330 Farm Business Management² 3.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry³ 2.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science OR 3.0
AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production OR 3.0
GIS:206 GIS Data Acquisition and Management 3.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 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 Electives 2.0
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 3
AGC:812 Agriculture Production Internship II 2.0


Term 4
AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
** Applied Agriculture Elective 2.0
*** Electives 6.0
* General Education Elective 3.0
* Science Elective 3.0


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


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

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

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.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,988 - $50,401 and a projected growth of 5.2%, the career outlook for Agriculture Production 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

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

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club


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

Nate Gebel
Agriculture Production Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105

Dan Lane
Agriculture Science Instructor
563.562.3263, ext. 132