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Agribusiness/Science Technology

10-006-2 Associate Degree (AAS) 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Whether you want to run your own agribusiness operation or help other agriculture producers become more successful, this program gives you the skills you need. Learn how to merge business and science to produce a product and make a profit. Through hands-on learning and on-the-job experience, you’ll gain skills in animal science and nutrition, integrated pest management, soil science, crop production and precision agriculture. You’ll be able to develop crop management, livestock management and business plans. You’ll also learn how to enhance your success through sales, marketing and business management. This program will open doors to a variety of agribusiness career pathways.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (42 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Agricultural Crop Production
10-006-119
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.
Introduction to Agribusiness
10-006-133
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of, and exploration into career pathways and employment opportunities, in the agricultural industry. Key issues discussed include trends and economic concepts of production, marketing and consumption of agriculture products, principles of management, and financial management.
Animal Science Fundamentals
10-006-140
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Agricultural Marketing
10-006-103
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explores and gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and the ability to apply these principles to the distribution of farm products.
Dairy/Livestock Nutrition
10-006-113
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Acquaints the students with the nutrients essential for livestock growth, production and reproduction. The anatomy and physiology of digestion and nutrient absorption will be discussed for the single stomach and ruminant animal. Proper feed sampling techniques, feed analysis and other nutritional information will be covered in preparing the student for Dairy/Livestock Ration Balancing.
Ag Production Systems
10-006-104
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Introduces the student to methods and equipment used on farms and agribusiness for facilities, dairy equipment, feed, grain, animal waste storage, and handling systems. Covers the collection, storage, treatment, application and equipment used in nutrient management. Modern robotic milking systems will be covered in the class.
Agribusiness Work Experience
10-006-116
3Credit
162
36
162 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.
Agribusiness Sales
10-006-134
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers the basic principles of agribusiness sales. Topics include recognizing potential customers, building a positive customer relationship, designing sales plans, and using market and sales databases. The concepts will be presented using hands-on activities. Students will complete a sales project and presentation.
Agribusiness Management
10-006-151
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing management skills and concepts that beginning agri-business professionals’ need in today’s changing workplace. Emphasis is given to designing and interpreting agriculture production spreadsheets, interpreting agri-business records, and preparing business and family goals. Complete business management plans will be created.
Nutrient Management Principles
10-006-155
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.
Select a total of 12 credits from these options
Integrated Pest Mgmt & Weed Identification
10-006-102
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Acquaints students with the general use, safety, laws and regulations for chemical application in Wisconsin. Completion of the Wisconsin Commercial Applicators Certification is an optional portion of the course. Identification of the major weeds found in Wisconsin crop lands is emphasized.
Crop Science
10-006-141
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides fundamental knowledge of the major crops grown in Wisconsin. Topics include crop growth and development, physiology, and nutrition; seed germination and selection; environmental factors and agronomic problems that affect crop development.
Dairy/Livestock Ration Balance
10-006-114
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Teaches students the mechanics of balancing livestock rations using the National Research recommendations and other information. Computers will be used to develop rations. The makeup and functions of the nutrients essential for livestock will be discussed in the preparation of dairy and beef rations. The student will complete a cost analysis of all rations.
Introduction to Soils
10-006-143
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides fundamental knowledge of soils and growth media. Course topics include soil formation and development, soil components, soil profile, soil classification and soil conservation. Students will experience soils concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Agronomy Equipment
10-006-150
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides students with an overview of various types of agronomy-related equipment including chemical and fertilizer applicators, planters and grain drills. Equipment operation, maintenance, calibration and safety will be emphasized. Both large and small equipment will be operated during the class.
Dairy/Livestock Herd Management
10-006-145
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Covers the herd health and reproductive systems of the dairy and livestock animals. The class will cover various herd health problems, including mastitis, milk fever and similar common livestock health problems. A herd health and reproductive management program will be developed.
Dairy Genetics and Reproduction
10-006-148
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Designed for the student who needs a comprehensive knowledge of dairy genetics and reproduction. Emphasis is on basic genetic principles and sire selection. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the bovine female reproductive tract and the management of the estrous cycle in cattle.
Dairy/Livestock Records Management
10-006-149
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Acquaints the students with herd management programs using traditional and computerized herd record keeping systems. Students will have hands-on experience with the latest available programs used in dairy record keeping.
Precision Ag Overview
10-006-154
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of precision farming concepts and the tools of precision farming (GPS, GIS and VRT). Covers the introductory use of each of these tools in the processes of a precision farming system. Hands-on activities with real farm data will provide an initial experience in the use of these tools. Economic and environmental benefits will also be discussed.

General Studies (15 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 46+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 16+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
Economics
10-809-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Crop Scouting Training
10-006-109
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Includes hands-on identification and management of insects, diseases and seedling weeds found in Wisconsin crops. Crop development and herbicide damage issues will also be covered.
Commercial Vegetable Production
10-006-146
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explore planting technology, variety selection, soil fertility, cultural practices, harvest of commercial vegetables, and pest management including disease, insects, and weeds. Common Wisconsin vegetables discussed will include potato, snap beans, canning peas, sweet corn, and smaller volume vegetable crops.
GIS Applications
10-006-163
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Prepares students in the use of various Geographic Information Systems utilized in precision farming. Students will learn how to install and set up GIS software, transfer data, process field data, and create reports and/or prescription maps. Students will utilize hands-on computer exercises with real farm data to provide a practical experience.
Animal Health
10-006-170
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Examines animal health by studying disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and control. Learners will focus on a variety of species while using proper veterinary terminology as it relates to disease. Additionally, learners will develop a comprehensive preventative medicine plan for a species of interest.
Dairy/Livestock Artificial Insemination Records & Management
10-006-169
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches students about the anatomy and physiology of cattle reproduction and artificial insemination of the bovine species. Topics include estrous cycle and reproductive records management, nutrition, animal fertility, herd health and sire selection. Site visits will be used to practice estrous detection, insemination techniques and computer analysis. Hands-on computer training with Dairy Comp 305 and PCDART will focus on development of herd protocols and their analysis.

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