Agribusiness and Science Technology

Agribusiness and Science Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Agriculture is a dynamic and challenging industry made possible by highly trained individuals. Agriculture professionals use their skills to improve the productivity and profitability of food production for the benefit of society, and many are needed to service this ever-changing field.

A Closer Look

The agriculture industry includes farming, natural resources, and agriculture business, and many different career options stem from this work. The skills needed to be successful in agriculture business and farming include the ability to optimize production through knowledge of crops and soils, livestock production, precision agriculture, and financial management.

Individuals who know how to apply those skills to make agriculture more profitable are highly sought after in agriculture-related businesses and will be more successful in their own agriculture business.


What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Agribusiness and Science Technology program prepares students to be owners or employees of a farm business in all sectors of the agriculture industry or work in businesses that support the agriculture industry. The program focuses on dairy and livestock, crops, and financials.

You’ll learn to develop a nutrient management plan, calculate cost of production, and develop a long-term facility and equipment plan as well as a farm business plan. Hands-on experiences include taking soil samples; identifying diseases, insects, and weeds that impact profitability; working with livestock nutrition and management; and artificial insemination of cattle. Graduates obtain a private pesticide applicators certificate.


Careers

  • A.I. Technician
  • Agricultural Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Dairy Equipment Service Technician
  • Dairy Herdsman
  • Farmer
  • Farm Assistant
  • Farm Manager
  • Feed Sales
  • First Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticulture Worker
  • Grain Operator
  • Livestock Nutritionist
  • Mill Production Operator
  • Plant Manager

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Agribusiness and Science Technology program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

TERI RAATZ

Teri earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from UW-River Falls. She grew up on a sheep, beef, and pumpkin patch farm and has additional experience raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, horses, dairy heifers, and rabbits. Teri worked in business for five years, and her extensive teaching background includes five years at Mid-State.

“Agriculture and teaching are my passions. At Mid-State I get to combine them to help students learn. Being in the heart of America’s dairyland, we’re able to give our students valuable hands-on experience.”

MIKE SABEL

Mike has a master’s degree from UW-Madison. His experience includes working with crops, soil management, financial records and analysis, livestock nutrition, and management, and he has been sharing his skills and knowledge with farm students for over 20 years. Mike also works to keep farmers up to date on issues by sharing UW-Extension research, FSA programs, and current farming best management practices.

“Meeting the student where they are and finding out what they need is imperative to success for all.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10080105 Intro to Soil Science 3.00
10080140 Farm Financial Analysis 3.00
10091102 Intro to Animal Science 3.00
10093101 Integrated Pest Management 2.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(14-15 Credits)
Term: 2
10070101 Basic Agricultural Electrical Systems 2.00
10091103 Animal Nutrition 4.00
10093102 Intro to Precision Agriculture 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10806184 Plant Biology 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
10006103 Introduction to Food Science 3.00
10006104 Intro to Agriculture Engineering Technology 3.00
10090101 Agriculture Business Management 3.00
10093104 Principles of Crop Management 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or-
10801198 Speech 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 4
10003101 Agricultural Diesel Engine Systems 3.00
10006101 Agricultural Computations 3.00
10006102 Agribusiness Equipment & Facilities 2.00
10070102 Precision Equipment Systems 2.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or-
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(16 Credits)
Total Credits: 60-61