Agricultural Business Management

The Agricultural Business Management program provides you the opportunity to choose a career in farm operations, sales, or other related agri-business occupations.

As a farmer, your responsibilities range from caring for livestock, operating farm equipment, planting and harvesting crops, to maintaining equipment and facilities. In addition to these tasks, farmers must be involved in record-keeping and managing the “business” of agriculture. On larger farms, you may hire others to accomplish work, create work schedules, supervise workers, and oversee daily production.

If you enjoy working the land and raising animals, but want to develop business skills, this program may be for you. Agri-business professionals have a strong working knowledge of animal and crop production. They also have sound business, communication, and problem-solving abilities. Farmers need to know the science and art of raising animals and crops. They also must have good financial skills and be capable of financing equipment and supplies and managing the farm budget. Farmers need to be adaptable to changing weather and market conditions. They also must be life-long learners to keep up with advances in technology.

Career Opportunities

With this degree, you may find employment as:

  • Farm/ranch manager
  • Chemical/fertilizer applicator
  • Feed mill operator
  • Grain farmer
  • Grain elevator operator
  • Certified seed grower
  • Herdsman
  • Lab technician
  • Livestock producer
  • Agri-Business sales representative

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 66

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMMUNICATION ** 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS *** 3
AGRI 112 BASIC SOILS  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
AGBUS 111 ECONOMICS OF AGRICULTURE  3
AGBUS 112 AGRICULTURAL SALES  2
AGBUS 115 COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE  3
AGBUS 200 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR I  4
AGBUS 211 AGRICULTURE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT  3
AGBUS 212 MARKETING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS  3
AGBUS 214 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR II  4
AGMEC 117 PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS  3
AGRI 111 APPLIED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION I  3
AGRI 113 PRINCIPLES OF SOIL FERTILITY  3
AGRI 114
or
APPLIED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION II 
or
3
AGRI 221 APPLICATION OF GIS TECHNOLOGY FOR AGRICULTURE  3
AGRI 118 HARVESTING, DRYING, AND STORING GRAIN  2
AGRI 121 INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION AGRICULTURE  3
AGRI 201 CROP PRODUCTION  4
AGRI 203 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT  4

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** COMM 110 or 3 additional hours in composition courses such as ENGL 111, 116 or 125.
*** See specific mathematics requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.

This general agriculture option enhances the student's ability to obtain a broad range of agricultural employment opportunities.  Whether returning to a farm or working for an agricultural business, graduates of the Agricultural Business Management program will have a good basic knowledge of modern agricultural production and business practices.   The student will complete two internships on a farm and/or in an agricultural business during their sophomore year to gain additional practical experience.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Applied Science degree program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule that meets Illinois Central College and personal requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; AGBUS 111; AGRI 112; Mathematics; Social Science
Spring Semester 1 AGRI 111; AGRI 113; Humanities; Communication; AGMEC 117
Summer Semester AGRI 201; AGRI 203
Fall Semester 2 AGBUS 112; AGBUS 200; AGBUS 115; AGRI 118; AGRI 121
Spring Semester 2 AGBUS 211; AGBUS 212; AGBUS 214; AGRI 114 or AGRI 221

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309) 694-5171

Illinois Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource

Career Pathway:
Plant Systems

Related Programs

Agriculture
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