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Agribusiness Technology (A15100)

Associate in Applied Science

This curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community based small farm or agricultural business. The objective is the development of a workforce knowledgeable in sustainable agriculture practices. Students will learn the fundamentals of agriculture, focusing on crop production and business. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and field training. Students will also learn the basic principles of our economic system and government policies and programs relating to agriculture.

The Agribusiness Technology program prepares individuals to manage agricultural businesses and agriculturally related operations within diversified corporations. Potential course work includes instruction in agriculture, agricultural specialization, business management, accounting, finance, marketing, planning, human resources management, and other managerial responsibilities.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in agricultural businesses such as equipment, feed, and agricultural supply sales; store management; farm operations; wholesale and retail produce management; nursery operations; and environmental and agricultural education.

Students enrolling in this program must purchase student accident insurance.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the technical skills of supply and demand in Agricultural production
  • Apply a basic knowledge of soil management and fertilization for crop production
  • Utilize the basic principles of botany that affect agricultural production
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the animal industry including nutrition, reproduction, and production practices.
  • Identify the aspects of budgeting, farm analysis, production costs, management practices to market agricultural products

 

Course Sequence

First Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
AGR 139 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture 3 0 3
AGR 170 Soil Science 2 2 3
ANS 110 Animal Science 3 0 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
Mathematics Elective 2-3 2 3-4
Total 12-13 6 15-16
First Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
AGR 121 Biological Pest Management 3 0 3
AGR 160 Plant Science 2 2 3
AGR 214 Ag Marketing 3 0 3
BUS 110 Introduction to Business 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
WBL 110 World of Work 1 0 1
Total 15 2 16
Summer Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I 0 10 1
Total 0 10 1
Second Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
ACC 120 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 2 4
AGR 110 Ag Economics 3 0 3
AGR 140 Agricultural Chemicals 2 2 3
BIO 110 or BIO 111 Principles of Biology or General Biology I 3 3 4
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Discipline 3 0 3
Total 14 7 17
Second Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
AGR 150 Ag-O-Metrics 3 0 3
AGR 212 Farm Business Management 3 0 3
AGR 213 Ag Law and Finance 3 0 3
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics 3 0 3
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics 3 0 3
Total 15 0 15

Total Credits: 64-65

Mathematics Elective– Choose one of the following:

UGETC: MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion of the Agribusiness Technology program, graduates will/should be able to-
1. Apply Ag – Marketing skills
2. Effectively use Biological Pest Control
3. Qualify to become G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) inspectors
4. Manage animal production operations

Employment Outlook

Employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is projected to decline 5
percent from 2022 to 2032. Despite declining employment, about 88,800 openings for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

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Address

Rockingham Community College
PO Box 38
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375

Hours

Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Contact

336-342-4261
336-349-9986 (fax)
info@rockinghamcc.edu