Transfer Degree: General Studies - Agribusiness Specialization
As consumers, we are all impacted by the agribusiness industry. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear and the homes we live in, agribusiness directly affects each of us on a daily basis.
Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and the process it goes through to reach your plate? Are you interested in how food is produced at the farm level and what happens to it between the farm and you? Would you like to know the characteristics of the American farmer and to learn the importance of agriculture to Virginia and to each of us as consumers? SVCC's Agribusiness courses will answer these questions and more.
Agribusiness in everybody’s business!
Most people, when they hear "agriculture," think about farming. Farming is at the heart of the agribusiness industry, but the farmers who actually produce food and fiber products for the United States make up only two percent of the population. Agribusiness, on the other hand, is the number one industry in the U.S. and employs nearly 20% of the population.
Agribusiness includes not only farm production, but also the many businesses and organizations that support and provide inputs to farmers. This input supply sector includes the businesses that provide seed, fertilizer, chemicals, feed, fencing, equipment, and other inputs to farmers. It also includes the financing sector, insurance, and services such as veterinary care. Agribusiness also includes the output marketing sector.
Studies indicate that there will not be enough graduates with agribusiness training to fill future agribusiness job openings. Now is the perfect time to take coursework in agribusiness. Students may obtain a Career Studies Certificate in Agribusiness (20 credit hours of coursework) or pursue an Associates Degree with an emphasis in Agribusiness. Students in other degree programs are welcome to take the agribusiness courses as electives.
AGR 141 - Introduction to Animal Science and Technology (4 credits): Introduces the science and technology involved in sustainable animal production and management practices. Includes beef, sheep, horses, dairy, swine, goats, and poultry, with emphasis on practical experiences in farm settings.
AGR 142 - Introduction to Plant Science and Technology (3 credits): Introduces students to plant science, ecology, plant morphology, plant and soil relations and energy conversions. Includes surveying agricultural crops and their importance in the economy.
AGR 143 - Introduction to Agribusiness and Financial Management (3 credits): Introduces agriculture's importance to society and ways to start a farm or agribusiness. Evaluates forms of business including cooperatives and creates financial statements and reports necessary for routine accounting and tax preparation. Utilizes financial tools for decision making, budgets and time value of money. Explores retirement, transition planning, personal financial management, and capital acquisition techniques.
AGR 144 - Agriculture Human Resource Management (3 credits): Covers principles and management practices utilized to attract, retain and motivate agricultural employees. Emphasizes interviewing techniques, employer/employee relationships, motivation theory, legal issues, safety, and environmental concerns. Includes development of team building and interpersonal skills through activities and cases. Explores diversity and cultural differences at they apply to human resource compliance and performance issues.
AGR 190- Coordinated Internship (1-5 Credits) Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours, May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
AGR 231- Agribusiness Marketing, Risk Management and Entrepreneurship (3 credits) Covers marketing required to create an effective marketing plan addressing product, price, place, promotion and people considerations of an agribusiness. Emphazises unique aspects of agricultural products and risk management including price fluxiations and biosecurity. Projects explore entrepreneurship and creative marketing plans for a proposed farm or agribusiness. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AGR 232 - Professional Selling for Agribusiness (3 credits)
Explores sales and marketing careers in the agricultural industry. Analyzes customer's personality profile and needs to formulate an effective value-based sales presentation. Covers psychology of personality styles, buyer motivation, and conflict resolution. Researches agriculture customers and products to make a realistic sales call with actual sales professionals.
- Loan analysis
- Real estate appraisal
- Feed sales
- Equipment sales
- Farm management
- Retail management
- Crop consulting
- Food processing
- Packaging, distribution, wholesaling, retailing
- ….and many more!