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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Ag Business (CRT.AGBUS)

The Agriculture Business certificate program is designed to prepare students for employment in beginning management and sales capacities in agriculture businesses including elevators, fertilizer companies and feed companies.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
MAT-115
General Education Pathway

MAT-115
General Education Pathway

Survey of mathematical topics including set theory, consumer/financial math, measurement and statistics. Problem solving projects involving detailed written solutions required. Calculators and computers will be used. Intended for students that don't assess directly into MAT-116. Includes supplemental instruction lab


Course Outline

OR
MAT-116
General Education Math

MAT-116
General Education Math

Survey of mathematical topics with emphasis on solutions to real life problems. Topics will include set theory, consumer/financial math, measurement, and statistics. Problem solving projects involving detailed written solutions will be required. Calculators and computers will be used.


Course Outline

* OR
AGR-040
Agricultural Mathematics

AGR-040
Agricultural Mathematics

Applications of mathematics as it applies to the operation of grain and livestock farms, agriculture business and agriculture mechanization.

Course Outline

+
2.5
AGR-052
Principles of Crop Production

AGR-052
Principles of Crop Production

Designed to develop needed skills involved in production of the major field crops in central Illinois and Indiana. Plant growth, crop choice, tillage, planting and sowing for maximum yields are emphasized.

Course Outline

+ OR
AGR-204
Prin/Field Crop Science

AGR-204
Prin/Field Crop Science

Designed to develop a working and scientific knowledge of modern crop production as a germination, growth, reproduction, tillage, and weed control of agricultural field crops. Emphasis is also placed on fertility, diseases and insects.

Course Outline

+++
3.0
AGR-060
Animal Husbandry

AGR-060
Animal Husbandry

Prepares students with a basic understanding of livestock care, production and management from selection through breeding and marketing of beef and dairy cattle, swine and sheep. Emphasis is placed on confinement plans and new trends.

Course Outline

+
3.0
AGR-050
Soils

AGR-050
Soils

Planned learning activities and experiences designed to cover soil development, functions of soil minerals, soil types, and their class. A major study of soil types in Illinois and Indiana and their conservation practices are included.

Course Outline

+ OR
AGR-205
Intro/Soil Science

AGR-205
Intro/Soil Science

Application of the basics in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects in soils. Soils of Illinois and Indiana are emphasized along with concepts of fertility, conservation, and field descriptions.

Course Outline

3.5
AGR-131
Agriculture Business Financing

AGR-131
Agriculture Business Financing

Covers the use, sources, and methods of obtaining credit as it applies to farming and the farm supply business.

Course Outline

+
2.0
AGR-134
Business Analysis/Records

AGR-134
Business Analysis/Records

An analytical approach to financial statements and records of agricultural business, implications and decisions made on the basis of these records.

Course Outline

+
2.0
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Elective

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Elective

No Description Available
2.0

Semester Totals

18.0
Second Semester
AGR-049
OSHA/Ag Mach Safety

AGR-049
OSHA/Ag Mach Safety

Provides an intensified study into agricultural machinery safety. Focuses on why agriculture machinery accidents happen, how they can be prevented, and how to create a safe working environment. Visual aids are utilized to display effect.

Course Outline

+++
1.0
AGR-111
Intro to Agriculture Software

AGR-111
Intro to Agriculture Software

Use of computers in farm and agri-business management with emphasis on commercially available software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping and market analysis.

Course Outline

+++
2.0
AGR-123
Marketing of Ag Products

AGR-123
Marketing of Ag Products

An introductory course covering farm marketing strategies, futures markets, cash markets for livestock and grain, and general problems in pricing major agricultural commodities.

Course Outline

+++
2.5
AGR-132
Retailing/Agri Supplies

AGR-132
Retailing/Agri Supplies

Covers the practical application of retailing as it affects farm business supplies by divisions merchandising, sales, promotion, personnel control and operation.

Course Outline

+++
2.0
AGR-133
Agriculture Salesmanship

AGR-133
Agriculture Salesmanship

Covers the basic principles underlying the sales process in agricultural farm supply and practical application and development of sales techniques. Basic to the course is an understanding of the salesperson's obligation to self, his or her company, and his or her customer.

Course Outline

+++
2.5
AGR-041
Supervised Occupational Exp I

AGR-041
Supervised Occupational Exp I

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

+++
3.5

Semester Totals

13.5
Summer Term
AGR-120
Agriculture Economics

AGR-120
Agriculture Economics

An introduction to basic economic concepts of the agricultural sector with emphasis on costs, revenue, price determination, supply and demand, and farm policy.

Course Outline

++++ OR
AGR-207
Intro/Ag Economics

AGR-207
Intro/Ag Economics

Principles of economics applied to problems in agriculture, marketing of agricultural products, agricultural policy, and the role of agriculture in the U.S. and world economies.

Course Outline

3.0
AGR-053
Integrated Pest Management

AGR-053
Integrated Pest Management

Designed to develop a working knowledge of agricultural chemicals as they are related to herbicides and insecticides. Students should have a working knowledge of calibration and maintenance of agricultural chemical equipment. Identification of major weed species in this area and their control is emphasized.

Course Outline

++++
3.0
AGR-042
Supervised Ocupational Exp II

AGR-042
Supervised Ocupational Exp II

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

++++
2.5

Semester Totals

8.5

Total Program Hours

40.0
Suggested Electives
AGR-124
Farm Credit and Finance

AGR-124
Farm Credit and Finance

An introduction to financing statements, capital and credit needs of farmers, sources of credit, and problems of borrowers and lenders.

Course Outline

** +++
2.0
AGR-051
Soil Fertility

AGR-051
Soil Fertility

Enables those involved with soils and crops to make intelligent and efficient use of fertilizer materials available.


Course Outline

** +++
2.5
AGR-063
Animal Nutrition

AGR-063
Animal Nutrition

Covers fundamental principles of livestock nutrition with an understanding of the mono-gastric and ruminant digestive system, essential nutrients, feed ingredients and additives, and balancing of rations. Private and commercial feed sales implications are included.

Course Outline

** +++
2.5
AGR-151
GPS/Applications in Ag

AGR-151
GPS/Applications in Ag

This class is designed to provide students the opportunity to become familiar with global positioning systems as they relate to agriculture and develop a working knowledge of variable rate systems.

Course Outline

** +
3.0
AGR-152
Intensive Crop Scouting

AGR-152
Intensive Crop Scouting

Scouting skills are taught with emphasis on insects and plant diseases. Life cycles, prevention and control measures are discussed.

Course Outline

** +++
3.0