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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.

Course Sequence

Fall Semester Class Lab Credit
AGR 139 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture 3 0 3
AGR 160 Plant 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
12-13 4 15-16
Spring Semester
ACA 122 College Transfer Student Success 0 2 1
AGR 121 Biological Pest Control 3 0 3
AGR 170 Soil 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
16 2 16
Summer Semester
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning 0 10 1
0 10 1
Fall Semester
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
ACC 120 Principles of Managerial Accounting/3/2/4
14 7 17
Spring Semester
AGR 150 Ag-O-Metrics 3 0 3
AGR 212 Farm Business 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
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

Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork – The ability to work effectively with others, especially to analyze situations, establish priorities, and apply resources for solving problems or accomplishing tasks.
Communication – The ability to effectively exchange ideas and information with others through oral, written, or visual means.
Integrity and Professionalism – Workplace behaviors that relate to ethical standards, honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, self-control, criticism and demeanor.
Problem-solving – The ability to identify problems and potential causes while developing and implementing practical action plans for solutions.
Initiative and Dependability – Workplace behaviors that relate to seeking out new responsibilities, establishing and meeting goals, completing tasks, following directions, complying with rules, and consistent reliability.
Information processing – The ability to acquire, evaluate, organize, manage, and interpret information.
Adaptability and Lifelong Learning – The ability to learn and apply new knowledge and skills and adapt to changing technologies, methods, processes, work environments, organizational structures and management practices.
Entrepreneurship – The knowledge and skills necessary to create opportunities and develop as an employee or self-employed business owner.

Employment Outlook

Employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is projected to decline 6% from 2019 to 2029. Despite projected employment declines, about 80,900 openings for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

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 audiences.

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. 

Outcomes Pass Rates by Year
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Communication 45% 66% 36% 61%
Information Literacy 87% 64% 61% 51%
Critical Thinking 51% 52% 41% 65%

Address

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

Hours

Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contact

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