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Agricultural Marketing and Finance Degree

The Marketing and Finance curriculum is designed to prepare students to work in the agricultural service industry. It provides a sound academic foundation with emphasis on business management, economics, information management, sales and marketing, precision agriculture, farm production, human relations, communication, and general education. An eight-week internship experience is required.

NIACC’s Ag Advantage: Champions of Agriculture–Providing high quality, vigorous education opportunities to students.

    • Innovative Curriculum
    • Industry Partnerships
    • Rewarding Internships
    • Hands-On Labs
    • Highly Regarded by Transfer Institutions
    • Technology Emphasis
    • Award-Winning Faculty
    • Electronic Classrooms
    • Satisfied Graduates

NIACC Farm Lab

The NIACC Farm Lab consists of 260 no-till acres, 110 acres of pasture, livestock facilities for the swine and beef breeding herds, and provides Ag students with “hands-on” learning experiences in the areas of crop protection and management, precision farming technology, crop and livestock management, show pig and club calf production, and business planning and decision making.

Transfer Opportunities

All classes required in our curriculum can be transferred to Iowa State University and/or Northwest Missouri State University. Graduates can transfer to ISU as a junior and work toward a bachelor’s degree in the College of Agriculture. Staff can advise you as to the best academic path for transfer.

Career Opportunities

    • Internships: Students in Marketing and Finance complete one paid, eight-week internship. During your internship you will apply your academic skills in an actual work environment. The industry contacts made often lead to full-time employment following graduation.
    • Employment Opportunities: Jobs for Agricultural Marketing and Finance graduates include salespersons, accountants, GPS/GIS service, commodity marketing, department managers, production marketing, insurance, conservation, and government agency services, and business assistants and managers.
    • Earning Potential: Entry-level salaries for recent NIACC agriculture technology graduates ranged between $20,000 and $50,000 annually.

Upon successful completion of the Agricultural Marketing and Finance curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

ACC-111 Introduction to Accounting 3 s.h.
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3 s.h.
AGS-109 Animal Science I 3 s.h.
AGS-110 Animal Science I Lab 1 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
Math Elective 3-4 s.h.
16-17 s.h.
Second Term
ACC-121 Principles of Accounting I 3 s.h.
AGA-114 Principles of Agronomy 3 s.h.
BCA-215 Computer Business Applications 3 s.h.
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
ENG-106 Composition II* 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Third Term
AGA-852 Principles of Crop Production 3 s.h.
AGP-331 Precision Agriculture 2 s.h.
Speech Elective 3 s.h.
8 s.h.
Second Year - Fourth Term
ACC-122 Principles of Accounting II** 3 s.h.
AGB-437 Commodity Marketing 3 s.h.
BUS-185 Business Law I 3 s.h.
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics*** 3 s.h.
FIN-100 Introduction to Finance**** 3 s.h.
Approved Ag Elective(s) 2 s.h.
17 s.h.
Fifth Term
AGB-330 Farm Business Management 3 s.h.
AGB-338 Salesmanship & Advertising 2 s.h.
AGB-810 Agriculture Internship 4 s.h.
Approved Ag Elective(s) 8-9 s.h.
17-18 s.h.
Total Program Hours 73-75 s.h.

*Prerequisite: ENG-105 Composition I with a grade of C or higher.
**Prerequisite: ACC-121 Principles of Accounting I or equivalent.
***Prerequisite: ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics.
****Prerequisite: ACC-111 Introduction to Accounting or ACC-121, Principles of Accounting I

Recommended Electives
AGA-855 Site Specific Crop Management* 2 s.h.
AGA-860 Soils and Crop Management** 2 s.h.
AGB-133 Introduction to Ag Business 3 s.h.
AGB-338 Salesmanship and Advertising 2 s.h.
AGC-190 Skills and Safety in Agriculture 1 s.h.
AGC-315 Leadership in Agriculture 3 s.h.
AGC-420 Issues in Agriculture 3 s.h.
AGS-317 Animal Nutrition 2 s.h.
AGS-401 Swine Production 3 s.h.
AGS-554 Beef Production 3 s.h.
AGS-811 Animal Technologies 1 s.h.
BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 s.h.
BUS-161 Human Relations 3 s.h.
MKT-110 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
WEL-335 Ag & Industry Welding 2 s.h.

*Prerequisite: AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science, or its equivalent.
**Prerequisite: AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science and/or permission of instructor.