Ag Business Management

Program Pathways

Precision Agriculture Certificate

Program Details

Award Certificate
Credits 15
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 1
Time to Complete 4 months
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Ag Business Management – AAS
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Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Principles of Agronomy
Term 2
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
Term 3
  • Advanced Precision Farming: Hardware
  • Precision Farming Systems

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to the General Agriculture diploma program or graduate and enter the workforce.

General Agriculture Diploma

Program Details

Award Diploma
Credits 36
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 2
Time to Complete 1 year
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Ag Business Management – AAS
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Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Ag Computers -OR-
    Introduction to Computers -OR-
    Information Computing
  • Applied Math
  • Principles of Agronomy
  • Survey of the Animal Industry
Term 2
  • Animal Nutrition -OR-
    Equine Science -OR-
    Domestic Animal Physiology -OR-
    Swine Science -OR-
    Beef Cattle Science -OR-
    Foods of Animal Origin -OR-
    Livestock Evaluation
  • Fundamentals of GIS -OR-
    Precision Farming Systems -OR-
    Foundations of GIS and GPS -OR-
    Advanced Precision Farming: Hardware -OR-
    Agriculture Leadership
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Integrated Pest Management
General Agriculture Electives
  • Cash Grains
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Science
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry I
  • Introduction to General Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to terms 3 and 4 of the Ag Business Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program or graduate and enter the workforce.

Ag Business Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 69
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Ag Business Management – AAS
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Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Ag Computers -OR-
    Introduction to Computers -OR-
    Information Computing
  • Applied Math
  • Principles of Agronomy
  • Survey of the Animal Industry
Term 2
  • Animal Nutrition -OR-
    Equine Science -OR-
    Domestic Animal Physiology -OR-
    Swine Science -OR-
    Beef Cattle Science -OR-
    Foods of Animal Origin -OR-
    Livestock Evaluation
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Integrated Pest Management
Term 3
  • Introduction to Agriculture Markets -OR-
    Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Accounting I -OR-
    Introduction to Accounting
Term 4
  • Employment Experience
  • Farm Business Management -OR-
    Personal Finance
Electives List 1
  • Cash Grains
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Science
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry I
  • Introduction to General Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology
Electives List 2
  • Advanced Precision Farming: Hardware
  • Agriculture Leadership
  • Foundations of GIS and GPS
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Precision Farming Systems
Electives List 3
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Selling
  • Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Selling
  • Study Abroad

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Ag Business Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Check out the Business and Professional Development continuing education courses and Computers and Technology continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.

Careers

Positions

The changing face of agriculture has resulted in new and challenging career opportunities. Graduates work in fields and offices with individual farmers and large farming operations on all aspects of agriculture, including:

  • Agriculture technology
  • Agriculture production
  • Agriculture sales and marketing
  • Agriculture finance

Graduates may find working as:

  • Agronomy specialists
  • Crop scouts
  • Equipment/parts assistants
  • Grain merchandisers
  • Farm and business managers
  • GPS/GIS technologists
  • Research assistants

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Agricultural Equipment Operators $30,500 $40,200 $45,000
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers $38,700 $58,300 $68,100
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $32,800 $44,800 $50,800

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Ag Leader Technology Ames, IA
AgVantage FS Waverly, IA
Dupont Pioneer Hi-Bred Johnston and Reinbeck, IA
Mid-Iowa Cooperative Beaman, IA
United Agri Products, Inc. Winthrop, IA
Youngblut Ag Dysart, IA

Program Contacts

Admissions
Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Alex Kissel Email Alex Kissel 319-296-4014 ext.1065 Bremer Hall 124
Faculty Advisor
Amber Greiman Email Amber Greiman 319-296-2329 ext.1115 Bremer Hall 111A
Faculty Advisor
Brian Zuck Email Brian Zuck 319-296-2329 ext.1116 Bremer Hall 111E
Administrative Assistant
Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Butler Hall 131
Dean
David Grunklee Email David Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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