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Agriculture Production Technology AAS

Last updated 4/1/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9141

Program Contacts:
East Campus

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


Students interested in agriculture production with emphasis on crops and/or livestock should consider the Agriculture Production Technology curriculum. Graduates of this program may become employed as farm operators or assistant managers, herdsmen, swine specialists, equipment operators or general farmhands.

Classroom study and laboratory exercises coupled with supervised on-the-job work-experience to prepare students for gainful employment in agriculture.

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 begin full-time employment on or about April 1; majority of courses are in agriculture or are agriculture-related.

Agriculture Production Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9141
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
AG 101 — Introductory Agriculture Seminar (1)
AG 121 — Introduction to Agricultural Economics (3)
AG 131 — Soils and Soil Fertility (4)
AG 141 — Animal Science (4)
AG 125 — Computers in Agriculture (1)
1AG Electives (1)
Communications Elective (3)

Second Semester
AG 102 — Agriculture Work Experience Seminar (1)
AG 108 — Agricultural Production Work Experience (7)
AG 122 — Intro to Agriculture Management (4)
AG 132 — Field Crop Science 1 (1.5)
AG 135 — Integrated Pest Management 1 (1.5)
AG 171 — Materials Handling Equipment (2)
1AG Electives (1)
Mathematics Elective (3)

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

Third Semester
AG 201 — Advanced Agricultural Work Experience Seminar (1)
AG 208 — Advanced Agricultural Production Work Experience (5)
AG 275 — Field Machinery Operations I (3)
AG 134 — Field Crop Science 3 (0.5)
AG 137 — Integrated Pest Management 3 (0.5)
AG 225 — Computer Applications in Agriculture (3)
1AG Electives (2)

Fourth Semester
AG 202 — Advanced Agriculture Seminar (1)
AG 222 — Advanced Agricultural Management (4)
AG 223 — Agriculture Marketing (3)
1AG Electives (7)

Minimum total hours required for degree (71)

1A minimum of 11 elective hours are required in the Agricultural Production Technology Program. Suggested electives offered during the Fall semester include: AG 138, 142, 148, 238, 244, 248, and 272. Electives offered during the Spring semester include: AG 147, 149, 214, 232, 241, 242, 245, 246, 247, 249 and 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 108 Agricultural Production Work Experience
1-8 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 48 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 22 credit hours in the Agricultural Production curriculum or instructor consent and concurrent enrollment in AG 102.
Eleven weeks of supervised training in an approved ag production situation. Reports by the student and satisfactory job performance are 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
.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 141 Animal Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A comprehensive view of the livestock industry as a science. Study is based upon biological principles with application to modern livestock management practices for beef, swine, dairy cattle, sheep, and horses. Laboratory to supplement lectures and discussions.

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 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 208 Advanced Agricultural Production Work Experience
1-5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 48 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: AG 108 and concurrent enrollment in AG 204.
Similar to AG 108 with emphasis on improvement of farm operations problem areas. Satisfactory completion of the training manual is required.

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.

AG 275 Field Machinery Operations I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Introduces the student to harvesting, tillage, and planting operations. Emphasis will be placed on theory, operation, maintenance and adjustment of the machines.