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Iowa Western Community College

Agribusiness Technology

Agribusiness Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.


Number of Majors: 43
Average Class Size: 16
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus



About the Program

If you know you want to pursue a career in agriculture, majoring in Agribusiness Technology will give you an excellent foundation for several careers in the agriculture industry. In just two years you’ll earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and have the skills needed to enter the workforce.

This versatile degree allows you to explore career opportunities and opens a wide range of options for you. During your program of study, you'll complete a unique blend of courses that will introduce you to the technical aspects of agribusiness, while emphasizing marketing and management principles. You'll study agribusiness economics, agricultural law and credit, agronomy, animal science, agriculture sales, and agriculture taxes.

Career Information

This program is intended for students who wish to enter the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. Graduates are able to pursue career opportunities in agribusiness, farm management, agriculture production, and agriculture research, as well as in agriculture and agriculture-related sales, service, and supply industries. Additional career opportunities may include running farm or ranch operations, working as a farm credit loan officer, or a soil conservation technician.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Operate current technology used in production agriculture, farm business management, and the agriculture service industries.
  • Identify and select favorable genetics in plant and animal breeding.
  • Demonstrate leadership and effective time management skills.
  • Identify the plant morphology of common Midwestern crop and weed species.
  • Evaluate various crop production practices and techniques used to produce Midwestern crops.
  • Categorize soil, plant, and climatic factors that influence plant growth and development.
  • Calculate appropriate application rates for essential plant nutrients and crop protection products.
  • Demonstrate proper record keeping skills and use those records to construct and analyze various financial instruments used in business.
  • Develop a risk management plan that incorporates standard financial instruments, marketing techniques, and other industry accepted tools.

SALARY INFORMATION
Average: $11.98
Entry Level: $13.36
Experienced: $14.87

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Faculty.