The program prepares students who are engaged in, or who are in the process of becoming established in, farming. As the business of farming continues to change, the challenge becomes one of finding the best source of good farm management education. The practical "hands on" applications taught in the Farm Operations and Management courses enable students to make sound management decisions based on financial analysis and production information, utilizing computer applications.
The program is scheduled for two abbreviated semesters from early November through late March for two consecutive years. This enables the students to be on the farm during the production year.
Most students come from communities in North Dakota and Minnesota. While many graduates return to their family farming operations, a number are also employed by farmers or hired as a farm manager. The graduates return to the farming operations with a general about all aspects of farming in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota including production practices, financial management, marketing strategies, and technical skills used by farmers.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Farmer and Rancher in the state of Minnesota is $35.43 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately -5.8%, a shrinking career.
View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks
|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|AGRI 1104||Ag Economics||2|
|AGRI 1110||Farm Records & Budgeting||2|
|AGRI 1120||Crops Marketing I||2|
|AGRI 1130||Machinery Management||2|
|AGRI 1140||Cereal Production||2|
|AGRI 1150||Soil Maint & Fertility||3|
|AGRI 1160||Establishment in Farming||2|
|AGRI 2206||Rural Leadership||1|
|AGRI 2210||Farm Analysis & Finance||3|
|AGRI 2220||Crops Marketing II||2|
|AGRI 2230||Farmstead Improvement||2|
|AGRI 2240||Farm Computerized Records||1|
|AGRI 2250||Welding I||1|
|AGRI 2260||Agricultural Chemicals||2|
|AGRI 2280||Farm Tax/Estate Planning||3|
|CPTR 1104||Intro to Computer Tech||3|
|ENGL 1012||Applied Communications||3|
|Program Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below )||3|
Program Elective Course Options
For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|AGRI 1172||Corn Production||1|
|AGRI 1192||Soybean Production||1|
|AGRI 2202||Dry Bean Production||1|
|AGRI 2222||Sugar Beet Production||1|
Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
The minimum scores for the Next Generation Accuplacer Assessment test for the Farm Operations and Management diploma program are as follows:
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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