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Agribusiness Management AAS – Crop Protection Technology Option

Last updated 4/1/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9143

Program Contacts:
East Campus

Andrew Larson, 309-854-1830, larsonan@bhc.edu; Recruiter, 309-854-1724


Students completing this program will have the technical skills to operate, calibrate, and maintain agriculture chemical application equipment. Operators can earn an annual income of $35,000 to $45,000 per year. Opportunities for growth and advancement within the agriculture business exists for qualified individuals.

The Agribusiness Management Program offers classroom instruction and laboratory exercises coupled with supervised on-the-job experience to prepare students for employment.

Special program features include: instructors with practical expertise in their areas of specialization; supervised on-the-job experience during both first and second years of the program; minimum of 11 elective hours of coursework, allowing students to specialize in their areas of interest; practical two-week summer session; 10-week fourth semester enabling students to secure full-time employment on or about April 1; and a majority of courses are in agriculture or are agriculture-related.

Agribusiness Management AAS – Crop Protection Technology Option
Associate in Applied Science Code 9143
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
AG 101 — Introductory Ag Seminar (1)
AG 121 — Introduction to Ag Economics (3)
AG 125 — Computers in Agriculture (1)
AG 131 — Soils and Soil Fertility (4)
AG 138 — Crop and Soil Management (3)
AG 172 — Agriculture CDL Training (2)
AG 173 — Ag Chemical Equipment Technology I (1)
HPE 200 — First Aid (1)
Communications Elective (3)

Spring  Semester
AG 102 — Agriculture Work Experience Seminar (1)
AG 107 — Agribusiness Work Experience (7)
AG 122 — Farm Management (4)
AG 132 — Field Crop Science 1 (1.5)
AG 135 — Integrated Pest Management 1 (1.5)
AG 171 — Materials Handling Equipment (2)
AG 174 — Agricultural Chemical Equipment Technology II (1)
AG Elective (1)
Mathematics Elective (3)

Summer Semester
AG 133 — Field Crop Science 2 (2)
AG 136 — Integrated Pest Management 2 (1)

Third Semester
AG 134 — Field Crop Science 3 (0.5)
AG 137 — Integrated Pest Management 3 (0.5)
AG 173 — Ag Chemical Equipment Tech I (1)
AG 201 — Advanced Ag Work Experience Seminar (1)
AG 207 — Advanced Agribusiness Work Experience (5)
AG 211 — Ag Salesmanship (3)
AG 225 –  Computer Applications in Agriculture (3)
AG Elective (1)

Fourth Semester
AG 174 — Ag Chemical Equipment Technology II (1)
AG 202 — Advanced Agriculture Seminar (1)
AG 214 — Ag Technology & Information Management (3)
AG 222 — Advanced Agricultural Management (4)
AG 223 — Agriculture Marketing (3)
AG Elective (1)

Minimum total hours required for degree (72)

Note: A minimum of three elective hours in agriculture are required in the Agricultural Chemical Applicator Option. Suggested electives include: (Fall Sem.) AG 138, AG 238, AG 272, AG 275;
(Spring Sem.) AG 232, AG 276.

Courses for this program include: »

AG 101 Introductory Agriculture Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the agricultural industries that are of service to farmers. Special reports on selected current topics. Part of class time will be utilized by visiting lecturers. Occasionally, a dinner meeting may be held. Required of all full-time agricultural students.

AG 102 Agriculture Work Experience Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Continuation of AG 101 with special emphasis on developing the work-education experience program.

AG 107 Agribusiness Work Experience
1-8 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 48 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 22 credit hours in the Agribusiness curriculum or instructor consent and concurrent enrollment in AG 102.
Eleven weeks of supervised training in an approved agricultural business. Reports by the student and satisfactory job performance required for credit.

AG 121 Introduction to Agricultural Economics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introductory course covering selected agricultural economics principles and topics. Includes economic
principles applied to agricultural problems; agriculture as business; resource utilization; production principles; profit maximization; supply and demand principles; market structures and price determination; finance; and agricultural policy. Other topics covered are the world food situation and food production; agricultural trade; and the role of agriculture in economic growth. Special emphasis is placed on applying economic theories and principles to solving problems facing agricultural producers and agricultural industries.

AG 122 Intro to Agriculture Management
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 121 or instructor consent.
The functions of management applied to the problems of agricultural producers and business managers will be studied. Topics to be covered include resource analysis, budgeting, enterprise planning, and labor management. The major focus of the course will be on planning and budgeting.

AG 125 Computers in Agriculture
1-3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introductory course in the use of computers in agricultural situations. Emphasis will be placed on the type of computers used in agriculture, how these computers operate, and the types of computer software available for agricultural use. Students will learn to operate computers through hands-on classroom and laboratory experiences.

AG 131 Soils and Soil Fertility
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Basic course dealing with the formation, physical, chemical, colloidal, and biological properties of soils. Special emphasis is given to soil conditions that affect plant growth and crop yields. Laboratory experience in texture, structure and fertility.

AG 132 Field Crop Science 1
1.5 cr. hrs.;
1.5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of botanical characteristics and cultural practices of commercially important Corn Belt crops, including quality improvements, seed purity, diseases, insects, weeds and crop production. Laboratory exercises focus on selected crop production and management practices.

AG 133 Field Crop Science 2
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of botanical characteristics and cultural practices of commercially important Corn Belt crops, including quality improvements, seed purity, diseases, insects, weeds and crop production techniques. Laboratory exercises focus on selected crop production and management practices. Continuation of AG 132.

AG 134 Field Crop Science 3
.5 cr. hrs.;
0.5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of botanical characteristics and cultural practices of commercially important Corn Belt crops, including quality improvements, seed purity, diseases, insects, weeds and crop production techniques. Laboratory exercises focus on selected crop production and management practices. Continuation of AG 133.

AG 135 Integrated Pest Management 1
1.5 cr. hrs.;
1.5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of the role of chemicals commonly used in agricultural production, including insecticides, herbicides, seed treatments and livestock chemicals. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as prevention, control, and eradication of these problems. Laboratory exercises focus on weed and insect scouting, procedures used in handling and applying chemicals and comparisons of various pest management practices.

AG 136 Integrated Pest Management 2
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of the role of chemicals commonly used in agricultural production, including insecticides, herbicides, seed treatments and livestock chemicals. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as prevention, control, and eradication of these problems. Laboratory exercises focus on weed and insect scouting, procedures used in handling and applying chemicals and comparisons of various pest management practices. Continuation of AG 135.

AG 137 Integrated Pest Management 3
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of the role of chemicals commonly used in agricultural production, including insecticides, herbicides, seed treatments and livestock chemicals. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as prevention, control, and eradication of these problems. Laboratory exercises focus on weed and insect scouting, procedures used in handling and applying chemicals and comparisons of various pest management practices. Continuation of AG 135.

AG 138 Crop and Soil Management
3 cr. hr.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides students an opportunity to gain experience in advanced crop and soil management. An emphasis will be placed on new technology and products that have been implemented into crop production. The application of geographical information systems and global position equipment in crop production and soil management will also be covered.

AG 171 Materials Handling Equipment
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Mechanics of materials handling for chemicals, feeds and fertilizers; calibration of equipment, and adjustment and maintenance of equipment. Special emphasis on small engines. Laboratory experiences will allow for actual experiences.

AG 172 Agricultural CDL Training
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is required for students in the Associate in Applied Science degree program in agribusiness management in the agricultural chemical application specialty.

AG 173 Ag Chemical Equipment Technology I
1-2 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A course focusing on studies of dry fertilizer material equipment variations, calibration systems and methods, maintenance and service requirements, and actual operation of application equipment.

AG 174 Ag Chemical Equipment Technology II
1-2 cr. hr.;
2 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A course focusing on studies of liquid fertilizer and agricultural chemical equipment variations, calibration systems and methods, maintenance and service requirements, and actual operations of liquid application equipment.

AG 201 Advanced Agriculture Work Experience Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 102/AG 107, AG 102/AG 108, and concurrent enrollment in AG 207 or AG 208.
Special emphasis on preparing for advanced training for final supervised work-education experience and career planning.

AG 202 Advanced Agriculture Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: AG 101, 102 and 201 or instructor consent.
Special emphasis will be given to definition and career explanation in the agribusiness field by students enrolled.

AG 207 Advanced Agribusiness Work Experience
1-5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 48 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: AG 107 and concurrent enrollment in AG 201.
Similar to AG 109 with emphasis on sales and management of agricultural supply business. One credit hour credit is awarded for satisfactory completion of training manual.

AG 211 Agricultural Salesmanship
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the basic principles and theories of salesmanship with considerable emphasis given to the practical application. Role playing will be utilized to stress techniques. Sales aids, market promotion and advertising will be included.

AG 214 Agriculture Technology & Information Management
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A course focusing on new and existing technology in agriculture, the collection of agricultural information, with analysis and applications to areas of agriculture production and ag business management.

AG 222 Advanced Agricultural Management
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 122 or instructor consent.
A course dealing with management factors affecting profits in the operation of agribusinesses and farm production businesses. These factors include the keeping of records, analyzing records, income tax preparation and management, using credit to finance the business, using insurance in the business, calculating depreciation, and lease agreements. Experiences in making accounting entries and summarizing business records, as well as completing income tax forms will be provided.

AG 223 Agriculture Marketing
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 121 or instructor consent.
A study of the food and agricultural supply marketing systems with their associated sectors and costs. The problems of managing price risk, using market information, and dealing with government programs will be examined. Emphasis is placed on commodity marketing, current market conditions, price trends, selling alternative, database marketing, and sources of market information.

AG 225 Computer Applications in Agriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Use of computers in farm and agribusiness management with emphasis on commercially available software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping, and market analysis.

HPE 200 First Aid
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 1-3 lab hours per week.
Methods and skills of emergency care for the ill or injured victim. May be repeated twice. Variable credit as follows:
1.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Standard First Aid; 3.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care Red Cross certification upon successful completion of course.