Program Description The Farm/Ranch Management option is for those who plan on managing a crop or livestock production operation. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful managers and to acquire the knowledge and ability to deal with the challenges of today's agriculture industries. Study includes prescribed course work 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 determine an appropriate internship project for students choosing this option.
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 experience working 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. A love of the land, practical farm/ ranch experience, knowledge of agriculture science, and a strong business sense are necessary skills for a successful career in production agriculture.
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. The demand for young farmers and ranchers to replace retiring farmers is great.
Current placement rate of students in this program is 100 percent.