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Agriculture Technology | Business (AGB)
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Graduates of the Agricultural Technology Business Option program qualify for a variety of rewarding positions. Areas of employment encompass agricultural sales, marketing, mid-management at dealerships or distributorships, research, or other agricultural positions. Job opportunities include operational or mid-management positions at agricultural suppliers of feed, seed, fertilizer, chemicals, grain, equipment, and other products and services. Upon completion of this program, students should be able to communicate with other people, demonstrate a general knowledge of crop and livestock production, understand the problems of agriculture, be aware of the new developments in farming, and develop skills in marketing, management, and financing in agri-business.

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Semester 1
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SU2014
FA2014
AGR 1111
Introduction to Soil Science
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Physical and chemical properties of soil are studied, including soil origin and formation, soil components, reading of soil surveys and legal descriptions, soil management and conservation.

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GEL 1112
Physical Geology
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This course covers materials of the earth's crust, structures, and geologic features. Geologic processes and concepts are studied. Common rock forming minerals and rock identifications are included in laboratory work. Topographic maps, geologic maps, and aerial photographs are also studied.

AGR 1112
Introduction to Agronomy
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This course is designed to meet transfer requirements to a four-year institution. The course is a study of plant growth and development and the practical application of agronomic principles to crop production. Also included is the identification and control of weeds, insects and diseases; cultivating and harvesting methods; and major crops and their uses.

AGR 1121
Introduction to Animal Science
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Students survey cattle, sheep, poultry, horse, and swine industries, including breeding, selection, feeding, marketing, and management.

ELEC
English Elective marked
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Term Total
15
Semester 2
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FA2014
AGR 1201
Agricultural Business Seminar I
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Discussion of various problems and issues encountered during the work experience. To be taken immediately prior to or concurrently with Supervisory Occupational Experience I.

AGR 1213
Soil Fertility & Fertilizers
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A study of the relationship between soil and crop nutrients. Includes fertilizer sources and materials, chemical forms of elements in the soil, reactions of fertilizers, and determination of fertilizer needs.

AGR 1214
Crop Protection
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This course studies the role of chemicals in crop production. Students investigate the use and safe handling of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Students will learn the identification and control of various weeds, insects, and diseases.

AGR 1261
Supervised Occupational Experience I
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The student will be placed with an agricultural business or operation for full-time training experience in the spring. The student will be supervised by the employer and the college coordinator. PREREQUISITE: 12 semester hours credit completed or concurrent enrollment in Agriculture or consent of the program coordinator. Variable internship hours based on 75 hours of work equated to 1 semester hour of credit.

AGR 2252
Advanced Computers in Agriculture
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The study of computers in farm and agri-business management with emphasis on hardware, file manipulation, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation programs, and other agriculture related software. PREREQUISITE: AGR 1251 Computers in Agriculture or instructor approval.

ELEC
Math Elective marked
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15
Summer Semester
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SU2014
FA2014
AGR 1132
Intro. to Agricultural Economics
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Economic principles that apply to agriculture and the role of agriculture in the U. S. and world economies will be presented in this course. Areas of emphasis include:production principles, supply and revenue, profit maximization, consumption and demand, price elasticity, agricultural policy, competitive market models, international agri-economics, and rural development. PREREQUISITE: At least one course in college-level mathematics or algebra is recommended

AGR 1210
Precision Agriculture
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This course is an introduction into the uses of GPS, GIS, and variable rate technology in agriculture. Includes variable rate fertilizing, seeding, controllers for planting, spraying, yield monitoring, and how they affect agricultural production.

AGR 1262
Supervised Occupational Experience II
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The student will be placed with an agricultural business or operation for full-time training experience in the summer. The student will be supervised by the employer and the college coordinator. PREREQUISITE: 12 semester hours credit completed or concurrent enrollment in Agriculture or consent of the program coordinator. Variable internship hours based on 75 hours of work equate to 1 semester hour of credit. Follows Supervised Occupational Experience I.

AGR 2202
Agriculture Business Seminar II
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Discussion of various problems and issues encountered during the work experience. To be taken concurrently with Supervised Occupational Experience II.

Term Total
9
Semester 3
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FA2014
AGR 1231
Ag Records and Analysis
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A study of various accounting procedures required to successfully operate an agri-business firm. Financial, sale, production, departmental, and tax reports will be analyzed.

AGR 2203
Agriculture Business Seminar III
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Discussion of various problems and issues encountered during the work experience. To be taken concurrently with Supervised Occupational Experience III.

AGR 2221
Animal Nutrition
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Fundamentals of livestock nutrition relating to growth, reproduction, maintenance, and production dietary requirements. Includes an examination of digestion, absorption and value of food nutrients; energy, protein, vitamin, and mineral requirements; and factors influencing the value of feeds. Laboratory exercises emphasize the use of feeding standards to develop balanced rations, with consideration given to the economics of feeding livestock.

AGR 2234
Agricultural Finance
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Comprehensive analysis of the capital and credit needs on the farm and in agri-business. Includes the methods of securing debt and equity capital, sources of credit, legal concerns, credit analysis, and problems associated with obtaining and using credit.

AGR 2241
Agricultural Salesmanship
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Salesmanship emphasizes basic principles in the sales process found in the agricultural supply and service industry. Students will understand how to develop and apply sales techniques. The relationship that exists between the agri-business, customer, and sales person will be identified.

AGR 2242
Agricultural Marketing
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An analysis of the principles and practices of marketing agricultural products. The course will investigate a variety of marketing topics including the nature of production, supply and demand, outlets and distributions, cash and futures markets, forward contracting and hedging, collective bargaining, government programs, and individual commodity marketing channels.

AGR 2263
Supervised Occupational Experience III
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The student will be placed with an agricultural business or operation for full-time training experience in the fall. The student will be supervised by the employer and the college coordinator. PREREQUISITE: 12 semester credit hours completed or concurrent enrollment in agriculture or consent of the program coordinator. Variable internship hours based on 75 hours of work equate to 1 semester hour of credit. Follows Supervised Occupational Experience II.

Term Total
17
Semester 4
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AGR 2204
Agriculture Business Seminar IV
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Discussion of various problems and issues encountered during the work experience. To be taken concurrently with Supervised Occupational Experience IV.

AGR 2235
Agribusiness Management
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The study of current decision making and administrative concepts that relate to operating an agri-business. Areas of emphasis include business organization, financial management and control, marketing, production processes, and personal management. PREREQUISITE: Student will be required to complete one supervised occupational experience prior to enrolling for this course. The student will be required to complete a term project that analyzes an agri-business firm's organization, financing, marketing techniques, production processes, and personnel management and training.

AGR 2264
Supervised Occupational Experience IV
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The student will be placed with an agricultural business or operation for full-time experience in the spring. The student will be supervised by the employer and the college coordinator. PREREQUISITE: 12 semester credit hours completed or concurrent enrollment in Agriculture or consent of the program coordinator. Variable internship hours based on 75 hours of work equate to 1 semester hour of credit. Follows Supervised Occupational Experience III.

AGR 2292
Machinery Repair, Adjust and Safety
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Principles of farm and ag business machinery are covered including operation, adjustment, calibration, repair and safety. Includes tillage, planting, harvesting, spraying and other applicator equipment.

EDU 1108
Standard Red Cross First Aid
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This course, which is designed for the general public, consists of regulations, American Red Cross first aid methods and safety procedures. It includes self-help and home care first aid procedures.

GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

Term Total
13
Other Recommended Core Electives (with permision of instructor)
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AGP 2243
Farm Futures Markets
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A study of commodity futures markets and their application for farmers and agribusiness personnel. Emphasis will be on the mechanics of the market, the theory of hedging, speculation, market information, charting, and options.

AGR 1191
Introductory Agricultural Mechanization
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This course is designed to meet the requirements for transfer credit to a four-year institution. An introduction to agricultural mechanization with emphasis on technical terminology, skill development, and mathematical application to farm power machinery, electrical wiring, and soil and water conservation.

AGR 1200
Agricultural Occupations
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This course is a survey of the entire field of agriculture, including farm production, agricultural service and supply industries, marketing, processing, and education. Discussion will focus on skills and competencies required for a successful agricultural career.

AGR 1215
Ag Chem Applicator
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This course is designed to teach the theory and techniques of operation of large chemical applicator equipment as found in the Ag Business Industry. Topics include computer controlled applicators, global position sensing, geographical information system, field mapping, etc.

AGR 1221
Turf & Landscape Management
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This course studies the turf industry from the perspective of seed varieties, planting procedures, controls of weeds, insects and disease, and the overall scope of the turf industry. Also, landscape management is covered from the point of properly growing and installing landscape plant materials, as well as the overall scope of the landscape industry.

AGR 1233
Agricultural Law
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An in-depth study of local, state, and federal laws and cases related to farms and agri-business.

AGR 1281
Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
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This course is intended to be an introduction to the concept and use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The student will understand how GIS is being used by various industries, government agencies, as well as in science, research, and consumer products. The student will become aware of the fact that he/she will be involved in GIS whether he/she wants to or not. The course will cover the basic components, terms, software, and uses of this exciting technology.

TRK 1210
CDL Exam Preparation
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This course is designed to prepare a student for the written portion of the Commercial Driver's License exam and will follow the curriculum as set forth by the Secretary of the State of Illinois.

AGR 1110
Intro to Agricultural Ed
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Introduction to the philosophies of agricultural education programs will be presented in this course. Other topics will include state and federal policies, teaching in school and non-school settings, program components, approaches to teaching, teacher characteristics, and trends and developments in agricultural education. A general study of the nature of agricultural education along with its opportunities and responsibilities will be explored.

HRT 1208
Introduction to Horticulture
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Introduction to Horticulture will acquaint the student with a basic understanding of plants' form and function. This course will cover employability opportunities and skills necessary for employment which will be reinforced throughout the remainder of the program.

AGR 1205
Intro to Floral Design
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Introduction to the principles of design applied to floral arrangements, including color, forms and lines, balance, types of floral arrangements, floral material and accessories, and production techniques will be presented in this course.

Term Total
Program Total
69


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