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Area of Study

Production Agriculture

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.

Production Agriculture

TOTAL CREDITS
68
CIP:
010301
BANNER:
PRAG
Associate of Applied Science

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary management and production skills required in the field of production agriculture today. Students seeking an occupation in farming or ranching will be able to pursue a variety of skills and competencies necessary to meet their individual occupational objective. This program requires 60 credits of course work and at least eight credits of required internship(s) for a total of at least 68 credits.

Written Communication

Total Credits 3

Choose one of the following courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ENG115ENG1015
Technical English & Communication 3

Focuses on the written and oral communication needs of students in vocational and technical fields. Enables the student to practice written, oral, reading, reasoning, and interpersonal communication skills in order to become successful (or to remain successful) in the workplace. (3-0)

or

ENG121ENG1021
English Composition I:GT-CO1 3

Emphasizes planning, writing, and editing/revisions of compositions, coupled with development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Prerequisite: College Readiness in English. (3-0)

or

ENG131ENG1031
Technical Writing I: GT-CO1 3

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Prerequisite: College Readiness in English. (3-0)

Mathematics

Total Credits 3-4
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
MAT107MAT1140
Career Math: Program Emphasis 3

Agriculture Emphasis - Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0250 or MAT0300 with a "C" grade or better or appropriate placement scores. (3-0)

Wind/Welding Emphasis - Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0250 or MAT0300 with a "C" grade or better or appropriate placement scores. (3-0)

Science or Computer Science

Total Credits 10
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ASC100ASC1100
Animal Sciences 3

Covers the basic fundamentals of livestock production including the principles of nutrition, reproduction, breeding, genetics, health, and physiology of cattle, sheep, swine, horses, and other farm species. Trends and issues in animal science and animal agriculture are also discussed in this course. (3-0)

CIS118CIS1018
Introduction to PC Applications 3

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. (3-0)

Choose one of the following courses.

AGP100AGP1000
Practical Crop Production 4

Cultural practices and production management of selected field crops indigenous to the Great Plains region will be covered. Laboratories in basic crop principles, crop and weed seed and plant identification, crop improvement and grain quality and grades will be covered. (3-1.5)

or

AGY100AGY1100
General Crop Production 4

Production and adaptation of cultivated crops, with emphasis on crops grown in the western region of the United States. Principles affecting growth, development, production, and use will be covered. (3-2)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Total Credits 3

Choose one of the following courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
AGB102AGB1002
Foundations of Agricultural business 3

Focuses on the foundational aspects of the primary agriculture business areas including economics, management, marketing, sales, and finance in an applied manner. Current events in agriculture are discussed with emphasis on application to agribusiness. (3-0)

or

AGE102AGE1102
Agriculture Economics: GT-SS1 3

Focuses on economic principles and decision-making by consumers, firms, and government with emphasis on their application to the food, fiber, and natural resource sectors of the economy. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. (3-0)

Program Requirements

Total Credits 19
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
AGB218AGB2018
Computerized Farm Records 3

Emphasizes the planning and development of record keeping systems, the interpreting and analyzing of agricultural business records, balance sheets, cash flows, and income statements with the aid of a computer. (3-0)

AGE205AGE2105
Farm and Ranch Management 3

Students will gain practical experience in applying principles of economics, marketing, and finance to the management of an agricultural operation. Students will create their own sample farm or ranch and emphasis will be placed on utilizing computer technology for budgeting and financial planning. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CIS1018 (Ag emphasis preferred) with a "C" grade or better or instructor approval. (2-2)

AGP180AGP1080
Production Ag Internship 8

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. (Contact hours-320, 40 hours = 1 credit)

Students must complete an internship in a production agriculture setting with a minimum of 320 hours of work experience.

AGP289AGP2089
Production Ag Capstone 1

Issues concerning transition into the family agriculture operation will be discussed. As a part of the course a seminar will be open to both students and parents (or future business partners) concerning issues of transition of the agricultural operation to the next generation. Topics concerning completion of the A.A.S. degree will also be addressed. (1-0)

ASC225ASC2125
Feeds and Feeding 4

A study of the basic nutrients, common feeds, and feed additives fed to livestock, anatomy of digestive systems, and basic feeding practices for beef, sheep, swine, horses, and dairy. The lab portion of this class will be devoted to calculating and balancing rations to fulfill nutrient requirements for farm animals for growth, finishing, reproduction and lactation, and work. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ASC1100 with a "C" grade or better. (3-2)

Program Requirements

Total Credits 2-3

Choose at least one of the following AME courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
AME105AME1005
Basic Ag Mechanic Skills 2

Includes safety, proper tool use, tool reconditioning, A.C. electricity, D.C. electricity, domestic water supply, and farm sanitation systems. (1-2)

AME118AME1018
Farm Carpentry 3

Includes safety, hand and power tool use, farm building planning and site location, concrete, farm building design and construction, and materials of construction. (1-4)

AME125AME1025
Agricultural Machinery 3

The safe operation, construction, purpose, maintenance, and adjustment of farm machinery are emphasized in this course. (2-2)

AME151AME1051
Fundamentals of Welding 3

Designed to develop basic welding skills, principles, and practices in arc and oxy–acetylene welding. (1-4)

Electives

Total Credits 27-28

Elective courses may be taken from any of the following course disciplines (prefixes): ACC, ABM, AGB, AGE, AGP, AGR, AGY, AME, ASC, AVT, BUS, DPM, EQM, EQT, HLT, IMA, MAN, MAR, RAM or WEL. Other courses may be approved by the Academic Advisor for use as elective(s).

Degree & Certificate Options

Production Agriculture Certificate

Certificate
38 Credits

Production Agriculture

Associate of Applied Science
68 Credits

Faculty

Mike Anderson
Department Chair - Agriculture
970-521-6635
Beede-Hamil 11B
Sterling
Mike Anderson

Staff

Laurie Cook
Administrative Assistant II
970-521-6644
Beede-Hamil
Sterling
Laurie Cook