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AGR 141 - Introduction to Animal Science and Technology
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 laboratory and farm settings.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
4 credits
AGR 142 - Introduction to Plant Science and Technology
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.
Lecture 2 hours. Lab 2-3 hours. 4-5 hours per week.
3 credits
AGR 143 - Introduction to Agribusiness and Financial Management
Introduces agriculture's importance to society and ways to start a farm or agribusiness. Evaluates forms of business including cooperatives and create 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.
2 Lecture, 2-3 Lab, 3 Credits, 4-6 Contact Hours
Local college option.
3 credits
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AGR 144 - Agriculture Human Resource Management
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.
3 Lecture, 0 Lab, 3 Credits
3 credits
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AGR 231 - Agribusiness Marketing, Risk Management, and Entrepreneurship
Covers marketing techniques required to create an effective marketing plan addressing product, price, place, promotion, and people considerations of an agribusiness. Emphasizes unique aspects of agricultural products and risk management including price fluctuations and biosecurity. Projects explore entrepreneurship and creative marketing plans for a proposed farm or agribusiness.
3 Lecture, 0 Lab, 3 Credits
3 credits
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AGR 232 - Professional Selling for Agribusiness
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.
3 Lecture, 0 Lab, 3 Credits
3 credits
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AGR 242 - Animal Production, Products and Emerging Technologies
Teaches theoretical and practical science-based animal production and management systems; principles of nutrition, reproduction, economics, and breeding and selection of beef cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, goats, fish and other specialty animal enterprises. Includes management practices, marketing, housing, and mitigation of environmental impacts with emphasis on profitable business enterprises for small to medium sized producers and collaborative opportunities to expand profitability for traditional enterprises. Introduces emerging technologies influencing production practices and new products.
3 Lecture, 0 Lab, 3 Credits
3 credits
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