Subject Area: Liberal Arts and Transfer
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 64
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.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
Term 1 Course Title Credits AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0 AGB:330 Farm Business Management² 3.0 AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0 AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry³ 2.0 GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Term 2 Course Title Credits AGA:154 Fundamentals of Soil Science OR 3.0 AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0 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:226 Beef Cattle Science OR 3.0 AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0 COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0 Term 3 Course Title Credits AGC:812 Agriculture Production Internship II 2.0 Term 4 Course Title Credits AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management OR 2.0 AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0 AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0 AGS:344 Agriculture Equipment Selection, Operation, and Maintenance 1.0 AGS:353 Animal Genetics OR 3.0 GIS:206 GIS Data Acquisition and Management 3.0 BIO:248 Intro to Bioscience Technology OR 4.0 ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0 SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0 Term 5 Course Title Credits AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0 AGA:283 Pesticide Applicator Certification OR 2.0 AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0 AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Managemen OR 3.0 AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0 AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0 * Agriculture Elective 2.0
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 is required.
Agriculture Electives: AGS:326; or AGA:157 and AGA:161
Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
With an annual income range of $45,434 - $63,090 and a projected growth of 6.0%, the career outlook for Agriculture Production graduates is growing.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100 mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two-or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
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
Related Student Organizations
Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
Agriculture Production Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105
Agriculture Science Instructor
563.562.3263, ext. 132