Agricultural Technology

The agricultural technology program provides students the flexibility to select elective courses to fit their career goals. Students can choose concentrations of courses in animal science or plant science.

• students can elect courses to enhance their knowledge in animal agriculture and/or dairy science.

• students can elect courses to enhance their knowledge in crops and plant sciences, including fruit and vegetable production.

The careers related to agriculture are diverse and constantly changing. The agricultural technology program has been designed to allow students the freedom to select courses which will allow specialization in specific areas of agriculture. Options and opportunities for both conventional and organic farming practices will be offered on the college's production agriculture farms.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate essential technical knowledge of animal husbandry methods to make informed agribusiness decisions.

Demonstrate essential technical knowledge of crops, soils, and growing conditions to make informed agribusiness decisions.

Demonstrate the ability to analyze information and compare and contrast agricultural management systems.

Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type).

Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).

Critical thinking (problem solving and reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State agricultural technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Animal/Dairy Science Concentration

The animal science concentration is a progressive practical program emphasizing dairy cattle management. The program offers both managerial and hands-on experiences. This concentration's courses provide a science and business background. A strong emphasis is placed on application of these principles with our two dairy herds: a tie-stall housed conventional herd of registered Holsteins milked in a parlor with integrated dairy cattle management software, and a free-stall housed organic herd milked by a robot. The conventional herd produces over 28,000 pounds of milk, more than 1,100 pounds of fat with a B.A.A. of more than 108.7 percent. The Alfred State cows have the highest B.A.A. of any publicly owned herd in the nation. Alternative species, including horses, pigs, alpacas, poultry, and sheep are also housed at the College Farm for instructional purposes.

Plant/Crops/Fruit/Vegetable Concentration

This curriculum emphasizes management of the soil to increase production of food crops for both human and livestock consumption. Students are usually interested in crop farming or market gardening careers. Students are taught conventional, natural, and organic food production systems. This concentration's courses provide a science and business background. A strong emphasis is placed on application of sustainability principles on our farm, research plots, gardens, hydroponic systems, greenhouses, and high tunnels.

SHOWMANSHIP DAY

All students enrolled in agriculture classes truly enjoy participating in the annual showmanship activities each spring. Students can select a species of animal (cattle, horses, swine, alpacas, or sheep) to train, groom, and show in this annual competition. Family, friends, and alumni are invited to enjoy the competition and the awards BBQ following the showmanship contest.

RELATED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Collegiate Agricultural Leaders (CAL) Club, Collegiate FFA, Equestrian Club, Dairy Judging Team, Agricultural Skills Day, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Sustainability Club.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

Many schools, including Cornell University, grant full credit to students wishing to transfer to four-year programs. A formal articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Cornell University for transfer options.

COLLABORATIONS

Wyoming County Dairy Institute (WDCI) Dairy Herdsmanship Training modules can be completed and applied toward college credit for the agricultural technology degree at Alfred State.

Scholarship money is available to students in the agricultural programs at Alfred State.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Owners, operators, managers, and herdsmen for dairy cattle and meat animal farms

Fruit, vegetable, and field crop production

Food industry

Salespeople and consultants for feed, fertilizer, agricultural, and veterinary supply companies

Agricultural banking and lending

Inspectors of agricultural products

Laboratory and field technicians for artificial insemination and veterinary supply companies

Dairy farm inspectors

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 75 percent –25 percent are employed; 50 percent transferred to continue their education.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry

EXPENSES

Textbooks are the primary expense, with cost averaging $500 per year. Boots and coveralls are required for all farm-related activities.

Agricultural Technology - AAS Degree

ANIMAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ANSC

1204

Introduction to Animal Science

4

AGRI

3351

Live Animal Evaluation

1

AGRI

1002

Introduction to Agriculture

2

BIOL

1304

Botany

4

xxx3

English as advised

3

xxx3

Gen. Education Elective (Math Recommended)

3

17

Second

AGPS

1103

Soils

3

ANSC

3203

Dairy Cattle Production I

OR

xxxx

Animal Elective

3-4

ANSC

2114

Domestic Animal A & P

4

xxxx

Agricultural Elective(s)

3

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

16-17

Third

AGPS

2113

Field and Forage Crops

3

ANSC

3013

Animal Disease Control

3

AGEC

3213

Farm & Rural Management

3

xxxx

Animal or Plant Agricultural Elective

3

xxxx

General Education Elective

3

15

Fourth

AGEC

4303

Rural Business Finance

3

AGRI

4002

Seminar/Capstone Project

2

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

xxxx

Ag. or Transfer-related Elective

3-4

xxxx

Ag. or Transfer-related Elective

2-4

13-16

Suggested Agriculture or Transfer-related Electives:

AGPS

3004

Soil Fertility

ANSC

3202

Dairy Management Analysis

ANSC

3003

Feeds & Nutrition

ANSC

3223

Dairy Calf Management

ANSC

2102

Dairy Cattle Reproduction and A.I. Techniques

ANSC

3103

Livestock Management and Production

ANSC

3204

Dairy Cattle Production III

AGPS

5103

Sustainable Vegetable Production

AGPS

5003

IPM

AGRI

2012

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

AGRI

6103

Precision Agriculture

BIOL

2803

Environmental Science

BIOL

2801

Environmental Science Lab

BIOL

4254

General Microbiology

BIOL

6534

Genetics

CHEM

1114

General Chemistry I

MATH

xxxx

If full-time student, may cross register at AU for equestrian classes

Also required - One unit of physical education.

PLANT SCIENCE CONCENTRATION TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ANSC

1204

Introduction to Animal Science

4

AGRI

1002

Introduction to Agriculture

2

BIOL

1304

Botany

4

xxx3

English Elective as advised

3

xxx3

General Education Elective (Math Recommended)

3

16

Second

AGRI

2012

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

2

AGPS

1103

Soils

3

xxx3

Agricultural Elective

3

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

xxx3

Business Elective

3

14

Third

AGPS

2113

Field and Forage Crops

3

XXXX

xxx3

Ag. Elective

3

AGEC

3213

Farm and Rural Business Management

3

AGPS

5103

Sustainable Vegetable Production

3

xxx3

Agricultural Elective

3

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

17

Fourth

AGEC

4303

Rural Business Finance

3

AGRI

4002

Seminar/Capstone Project

2

xxxx

Ag or Transfer-related Elective

3-4

xxxx

Ag or Transfer-related Elective

3-4

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

14-16

Suggested Agriculture or Transfer-related Electives:

AGPS

3004

Soil Fertility

AGPS

5003

IPM

AGRI

6103

Precision Agriculture

ANSC

2102

Dairy Cattle Reproduction and A.I. Techniques

ANSC

2114

Domestic Animal A&P

ANSC

3003

Feeds & Nutrition

ANSC

3202

Dairy Management Analysis

ANSC

3204

Dairy Cattle Production III

ANSC

3223

Dairy Calf Management

BIOL

2803

Environmental Science

BIOL

2801

Environmental Science Lab

BIOL

4254

General Microbiology

BIOL

6534

Genetics

CHEM

1114

General Chemistry I

MATH

xxxx

If full-time student, may cross register at AU for equestrian classes

Also required - One unit of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must:

successfully complete the prescribed sequence of courses

achieve a minimum index of 2.0 in core courses

achieve a minimum index of 2.0 overall

be recommended by the department faculty