Agricultural Business

AAS Degree - Code #0511

Dr. Dorothea Fitzsimmons, Program Coordinator

Email address: fitzsidd@alfredstate.edu

It is an exciting time to be an agricultural business student. One out of every six jobs in the American economy is related to agriculture and food businesses. The curriculum in agricultural business is designed to provide students with the technical and business skills necessary to be successful in our nation’s largest industry. Career opportunities in agribusiness range from managing a farm (dairy, beef, equine, vegetable, fruit, crops) to working in the timber, banking, or publishing industries. Ample opportunities are available in the management of farm supply stores or cooperatives, agricultural input sales, insurance, real estate, agricultural processing, and manufacturing industries.

Agricultural business managers also must have technical knowledge of agricultural production practices, land and water resources, management, and agricultural markets. A rudimentary knowledge of veterinary science, as well as animal husbandry, is important for livestock and dairy farmers. The agricultural business curriculum will provide the student with the basic business, crop, and animal skills to make informed business decisions.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate essential technical knowledge of animal husbandry methods to make informed agribusiness decisions.

Demonstrate essential technical knowledge of crops, soils, and growing conditions to make informed agribusiness decisions.

Demonstrate the ability to analyze information and compare and contrast agricultural management systems.

Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type).

Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).

Critical thinking (problem solving and reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State agricultural business graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

RELATED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Collegiate Agricultural Leaders (CAL) Club, Collegiate FFA, Equestrian Club, Dairy Judging Team, Agricultural Skills Day, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community-Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Sustainability Club.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

Many schools, including Cornell University, grant full credit to students wishing to transfer to four-year programs, usually in agricultural economics or agricultural education.

A formal articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Cornell University for transfer options.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The department offers various scholarships to students.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Management or ownership of commercial farms

Agricultural credit officers for banks, government, loan agencies, and farm cooperative loan agencies

Feed, seed, and fertilizer sales technicians

Writers of technical publications, radio and TV scripts, news items for magazines and newspapers, education and public relations materials

Manager/assistant managers of farm supply stores

Warehouse managers for farm chemicals, feed, seed, and fertilizers

Chain store and retail food management

Agricultural consulting services

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 60 percent are employed; 40 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Accounting

Agricultural Technology

Entrepreneurship

Marketing

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

Agricultural Business - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ANSC

1204

Intro. to Animal Science

4

AGRI

1002

Intro. to Agriculture

2

BIOL

1304

Botany

4

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

xxxx

Gen. Education Elective

3-4

16-17

Second

ANSC

3202

Dairy Management Analysis

2

AGRI

2012

Organic & Sustainable Ag. Tech.

2-3

CISY

1003

Intro. to Microcomputer Appl.

OR

CISY

1103

Info. Technology Management

3

ACCT

1124

Financial Accounting

4

xxx3

Gen. Education Elective

3

XXXX

Ag. Elective OR

xxx3

Business Elective

3-4

17-19

Third

ACCT

2224

Managerial Accounting

4

xxxx

Ag. Elective

3-4

AGEC

3213

Farm & Rural Business

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. or Technical Elective

3

xxxx

Ag. or General Education Elective

3

16-17

Fourth

AGEC

4303

Rural Business Finance

3

xxx3

Bus. or Marketing Elective

3

AGRI

4002

Seminar/Capstone Project

2

xxxx

Gen. Education Elective

3-4

xxxx

Ag. Elective

2-4

13-16

Agriculture Electives:

ANSC

2114

Domestic Animal A&P

ANSC

3003

Feeds and Nutrition

ANSC

3103

Livestock Management and Production

ANSC

3202

Dairy Management Analysis

ANSC

3204

Dairy Cattle Production III

ANSC

3222

Dairy Calf Management

ANSC

2102

Dairy Cattle Reproduction and A.I. Techniques

AGPS

2114

Field and Forage Crops

AGPS

5003

IPM

AGPS

5103

Sustainable Vegetable Production Technology

AGRI

3351

Live Animal Evaluation

Business Electives:

BUAD

3043

Business Law

MKTG

3153

Web Design & Marketing

BUAD

4203

Intro. to Personal Finance

CISY

3023

Advanced Spreadsheets

BUAD

3153

Fundamentals of Management

Also required - One unit of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must:

successfully complete the prescribed sequence of courses

achieve a minimum index of 2.0 in their core courses

achieve a minimum index of 2.0 overall

be recommended by the department faculty