Program Description The Agribusiness Management option is for students who plan on pursuing a business management and/or sales related position with an agribusiness. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful managers and to acquire the knowledge and ability to deal with the challenges in today's agriculture industries. Study includes prescribed coursework in accounting, agriculture finance, marketing, precision farming, crop/soil science and livestock production. Technology instruction is infused throughout the curriculum. Students are exposed to various applications of technology related to business management,crop production, livestock production and soil science. Precision farming technology instruction includes guidance systems, handheld GPS systems, GIS software, variable rate fertilizer application, and remote sensing.
The program requires participation in a cooperative education internship. Advisors will work with students to gain employment at an agribusiness.
Preparation Students interested in agriculture should be resourceful, flexible, creative problem solvers, interested in technology, and enjoy continuous learning. The following background is helpful: high school or college courses in agriculture, science and math, and experienceworking on a farm or for an agriculture-related business. Interested students are encouraged to apply early as openings are limited.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Required minimum placement scores: ACT Math - 15 or higher ACT Reading - 15 or higher ACT English - 15 or higher COMPASS Math - Pre-algebra 33 or higher COMPASS Reading - 70 or higher COMPASS English - 59 or higher
Career Opportunities The global economy offers many opportunities to provide food, animal feed and energy, which make it an exciting time to be involved in agriculture. Agriculture is evolving into a more business-savvy industry with many options for candidates skilled at streamlining processes and creating value-added solutions for promoting agricultural goods. In today's market, farmers, ranchers and agriculture managers must stay abreast of the latest developments in technology and agricultural production to make sound scientific and business decisions.
As farms/ranches increase in size and efficiency, they rely more and more on the agribusiness industry to offer specialized services. Demand for qualified consultants, salespersons, technicians, managers and other service-related positions is expanding.
Current placement rate of students in this program is 100 percent.