AAS Degree - Code #0511
Dr. Dorothea Fitzsimmons, Program Coordinator
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is an exciting time to be an agricultural business student. One out of every six jobs in the American economy is related to the agriculture and food businesses. The curriculum in agricultural business is designed to provide students with the technical and business skills necessary to be successful in our nation’s largest industry. Career opportunities in agribusiness range from managing a farm (dairy, beef, equine, vegetable, fruit, crops) to working in the nurserie, timber, banking, or publishing industries. Ample opportunities are available in the management of farm supply stores or cooperatives, agricultural input sales, insurance, real estate, agricultural processing, and manufacturing industries.
Agricultural business managers also must have enough technical knowledge of crops, growing conditions, and plant diseases to make decisions ensuring the successful operation of their farms. A rudimentary knowledge of veterinary science, as well as animal husbandry, is important for livestock and dairy farmers. The agricultural business curriculum will provide the student with the basic business, crop, and animal skills to make informed business decisions.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Alfred State agricultural business graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
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, Livestock Club, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community-Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Sustainability Club.
Many schools, including Cornell University, grant full credit to students wishing to transfer to four-year programs, usually in agricultural economics or agricultural education.
A formal articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Cornell University for transfer options.
The department offers various scholarships to students.
Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 60 percent are employed; 40 percent transferred to continue their education.