Agricultural Business Management


Core Courses

Choose from a variety of courses to meet your career and transfer needs and interests. Some course interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Precision Agriculture
    • Fundamentals of Soil Science
    • Principles of Agronomy
    • Precision Farming Systems
    • Fundamentals of GPS and GIS
    • Advanced Precision Farming Hardware
  • Agriculture Business
    • Agricultural Economics
    • Agricultural Selling
    • Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
    • Agriculture Leadership
    • Farm Business Management
  • Agronomy / Crop Production
    • Fundamentals of Soil Science
    • Principles of Agronomy
    • Cash Grains
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Introduction to Agriculture Markets

In addition, you will take a computers course, accounting course, and complete an employment experience.

Work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet degree requirements.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 69
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

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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 $26,700 $35,500 $39,900
Precision Agriculture Technicians $31,800 $48,300 $56,500
Farm Product Buyers and Purchasing Agents $34,100 $56,700 $67,900
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers $38,600 $54,300 $62,100

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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
MaxYield Cooperative Emmetsburg, IA
Pioneer Hi-Bred Johnston and Reinbeck, IA
United Agri Products, Inc. Winthrop, IA
Youngbult Ag Dysart, IA

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Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist De'Carlos Anderson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1228 Butler Hall 122
Program Advisor Meghan Bond Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1115 Bremer Hall 111E
Program Advisor Brian Zuck Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1116 Bremer Hall 111A
Administrative Assistant
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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