Agribusiness Concentration

Associate of Arts

This program prepares individuals for careers in the agricultural business segment of the agricultural industry. It provides an understanding of basic business and management concepts and principles as they are applied to the agricultural industry. Students will also learn the basic concepts and principles of agricultural production. Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in agricultural businesses such as equipment, feed, and agricultural supply sales, store managers, farm operations, and office managers of agricultural products marketing firms.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Exhibit competency in general education subjects.
  4. Comprehend interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Apply business and management functions and skills in practical agribusiness situations.

Concentration Course List

AB2200 Introduction to the Animal and Poultry Industries 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a general introduction to nutrition, reproduction, breeding, management and description of marketing channels of animals and poultry.  Also, it equates live animal and carcass characteristics with market specifications.  Factors of pre- and post-slaughter treatment are related to the shelf life of fresh and processed meats.

AB2300 Field Crop Production 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a general introduction to the management of field crops, including growth and development, establishment, rotation of crops and chemicals, harvesting, and storage.  Also it examines pest management, as well as, environmental and societal issues related to field crops.

AB2100 Agribusiness Sales 3 credits 5 weeks

A study of the basic principles and concepts of marketing and selling within various agribusiness markets including an in-depth look at selling various agriculture commodities as well as the development of a marketing and sales plan.

AB2000 Farm Management 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a study of the effective organizational and management principles involved in a farming operation with emphasis given to developing a farm operation business plan, management of farm resources, farm finances, and practices for an effective farm operation. This course will assist students in developing strategies for the present and future success of a farming operation.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to the Animal and Poultry Industries
Agribusiness Sales
Field Crop Production