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Agriculture

Agricultural Sales and Service Degree

The Sales and Service curriculum is designed to prepare students to work in the agricultural supply and service industry. It provides a sound academic foundation with emphasis on sales/merchandising, economics, business management, information management, precision agriculture, agronomy, animal science, human relations, and general education. Two eight-week internship experiences are 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.

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 Sales and Service complete two paid, eight-week internships. During your internships 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 Agriculture Sales and Service graduates include salespersons, counter sales, GPS/GIS service, production assistants, department managers, marketing, insurance, conservation and 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 Sales and Service curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Costs

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

AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3 s.h.
AGB-133 Introduction to Ag Business 3 s.h.
AGS-109 Animal Science I 3 s.h.
AGS-110 Animal Science I Lab 1 s.h.
BCA-215 Computer Business Applications 3 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
16 s.h.
Second Term
ACC-111 Introduction to Accounting 3 s.h.
AGA-114 Principles of Agronomy 3 s.h.
AGS-209 Animal Science II 3 s.h.
AGS-210 Animal Science II Lab 1 s.h.
BIO-196 Introduction to Bio-Technology 4 s.h.
MAT-801 Applied Math A* 1 s.h.
MAT-802 Applied Math B** 1 s.h.
MAT-803 Applied Math C*** 1 s.h.
17 s.h.
Third Term
AGA-852 Principles of Crop Production 3 s.h.
AGP-331 Precision Agriculture 2 s.h.
BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 s.h.
8 s.h.
Second Year - Fourth Term
AGA-860 Soils and Crop Management**** 2 s.h.
AGB-437 Commodity Marketing 3 s.h.
AGB-810 Agriculture Internship 4 s.h.
Approved Ag Elective(s) 5 s.h.
14 s.h.
Fifth Term
AGA-855 Site Specific Crop Management***** 2 s.h.
AGB-330 Farm Business Management 3 s.h.
AGB-338 Salesmanship & Advertising 2 s.h.
AGB-810 Agriculture Internship 4 s.h.
BUS-161 Human Relations 3 s.h.
Approved Ag Elective(s) 2 s.h.
16 s.h.
Total Program Hours 71 s.h.

*Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
**Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
***Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
****Prerequisite: AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science and/or permission of instructor.
*****Prerequisite: AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science, or its equivalent.

Recommended Electives
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.
AGM-120 Basic Agricultural Mechanics 2 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.
WEL-335 Ag & Industry Welding 2 s.h.