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Area of Study

Agriculture Business Management

Agriculture Business Management allows for the opportunity of one-on-one instruction for beginning and/or experienced farmers, ranchers and agriculture business owners.

Agriculture Business Management (ABM) Certificate Program

This program is designed for beginning and/or experienced agriculture operators who wish to develop or improve upon their financial management skills and gain knowledge of how to improve business operations.

The uniqueness of this program comes from the one-on-one instruction that takes place at a convenient location for the student. In today's agriculture climate, management means being a decision-maker who is attuned to all dimensions of the working environment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Improve awareness of personal and business finances through computerized record-keeping.
  • Use financial statements to assess the financial health of the business
  • Utilize appropriate industry language to communicate with bankers, accountants, and other professionals in the industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is projected to decline 3 percent from 2021 to 2031.

Despite declining employment, about 85,600 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.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers was $73,060 in May 2021.

Agriculture Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Produce a written document that clearly explains an agricultural concept.
  2. Analyze information and use critical thinking to solve an agricultural problem.
  3. Explain how agriculture relates to global, social, and cultural concepts.
  4. Develop skills useful in the agriculture industry or transfer to an agricultural degree.
  5. Apply scientific information and the scientific method to explain agricultural concepts.