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Area of Study

Production Agriculture

Overview

Growing and marketing of plants and livestock. A thorough knowledge of marketing, management, and finance combined with production and mechanic skills prepares students for a career as an agricultural producer.

Northeastern understands and appreciates the hard work and dedication it takes to operate and maintain an agricultural operation. That is why we are committed to giving our students the most up-to-date information in their coursework.

We want the next generation to continue providing us with the safest, most reliable, and affordable food supply in the world.

A Practical and Applied Degree

Production Agriculture involves the growing and marketing of plants and livestock. A thorough knowledge of marketing, management, and finance combined with production and mechanic skills prepares students for a career as an agricultural producer.

Northeastern's Program leaves plenty of room to add the electives for the emphasis of your choice in Crops, Precision Ag, Agribusiness, Production, Cattle Management, Ag Power & Mechanics and/or as a Farm Profit Manager.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Over the past several decades, the efficiencies of large-scale crop production have led to the consolidation of acreage under fewer, but larger, farms. As farms become larger, they are able to invest more in productivity-enhancing technologies, reinforcing this effect.

Despite steady demand for agricultural products, many small farms operate with slim profit margins and are vulnerable to poor market conditions. As in the past, operators of smaller farms will likely continue to exit the business over the next decade.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers was $67,950 in May 2018.