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Agricultural Entrepreneurship

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BT DEGREE - Code # 2949

Dr. Philip Schroeder, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email Address: schroepd@alfredstate.edu

The Bachelor of technology in agricultural entrepreneurship (AE-BT) program is designed to provide you, tomorrow’s agricultural entrepreneurs, with the skills to make local agriculture economically viable through the application of traditional production practices and the development of value-added (VA) products. You will take production courses to build a strong foundation in agriculture, value-added courses to develop non-traditional agriculture skills, and business courses to understand marketing and financial management.

This program will appeal to both traditional agriculture students who come from a farm background and to students who are new to agriculture. This program will prepare students to be successful in their efforts to improve the profitability of an existing farm or start a new agricultural venture.

ADVANTAGES

  • Our graduates have the technical knowledge of agricultural production practices, land and water resources, management, and agricultural markets necessary to enter nearly any facet of the agribusiness field.
  • Our students have hands-on experience with modern automated agricultural production systems, organic farming methods, and value added agriculture.
  • Our students have the opportunity to work on the college farm and learn first-hand how to manage multiple species in modern high-tech facilities.
  • Our students also learn the application of fundamental business management skills to agriculture.

RELATED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Collegiate Agricultural Leaders (CAL) Club, Collegiate FFA, Equestrian Club, Dairy Judging Team, Agricultural Skills Day, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community-Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Sustainability Club.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Management or ownership of commercial farms
  • Agricultural credit officers for banks, government, loan agencies, and farm cooperative loan agencies.
  • High school agriculture teacher/agriculture educator
  • Feed, seed, and fertilizer sales technicians
  • Writers of technical publications, radio and TV scripts, news items for magazines and newspapers, education and public relations materials
  • Manager/assistant managers of farm supply stores
  • Warehouse managers for farm chemicals, feed, seed, and fertilizers
  • Chain store and retail food management
  • Agricultural consulting services

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

No data available yet on this new program

RELATED PROGRAMS

Agricultural Technology
Agricultural Business
Agricultural Automation and Robotics

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

  • A recognized high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Two high school math courses (one of which must be Algebra), Geometry, Biology.
  • SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math new SAT score of 980 (900 combined critical reading and math old SAT) or a composite ACT score of 19.

A typical day consists of two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman and sophomore years. At the junior and senior levels, three-hour studios are required.

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ANSC 1204 Introduction to Animal Science 4
AGRI 1001 Farm Practicum I 1
BIOL 1304 Botany 4
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Elective
      15

Second

AGPS 1104 Soils 4
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
    OR  
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
ECON 1013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
AGRI 4202 Value Added Meats 2
AGRI 2001 Farm Practicum II 1
      16

Third

AGEC 3213 Farm & Rural Business Mgmt I 3
AGRI 3102 Valued Added Dairy  2
AGPS 2113 Field & Forage Crops 3
ACCT 1124 Financial Accounting 4
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
AGRI 3001 Farm Practicum III 1
      16

Fourth

ACCT 2224 Managerial Accounting 4
AGRI 2101 Sophomore Seminar 1
XXXX xxx3 Gen Education Elective 3
AGEC 4303 Farm & Rural Business Mgmt II 3
xxxx xxx3 Gen Education Elective 3
AGRI 4001 Farm Practicum IV 1
      15

Fifth

AGEC 5003 Ag Policy 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Ag or Business Elective (upper) 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
TGMT 7153 Principles of Management 3
      15

Sixth

ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MKTG 6003 Strategic Marketing 3
BUAD 7023 Legal Environment of Business 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
      15

Seventh

BUAD 5023 Human Resource Management 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
BUAD 7004 Small Business Planning & Mgmt 4
AGRI 6103 Precision Agriculture 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective (upper) 3
      16

Eighth

AGRI 7002 Senior Seminar 2
AGRI 8012 Agriculture Internship 12
      14

 

 

Graduation Requirements

  • Total minimum credit hours for graduation is 120.
  • A cumulative overall index of at least 2.0 is required in order to graduate.
  • 30 credit hours of the 45 upper-level credit hours for this degree must be taken at Alfred State.

Additional Program Information

  • Seven of the 10 SUNY-approved General Education categories must be fulfilled