Programs for the Best Jobs
Introduction to the livestock industry including organizations, product value, breeds and methods of individual and sire selection. Also includes production performances, animal environment, marketing strategies and management alternatives.
Weeds, their identification, classification and types are studied. Chemical, biological and mechanical controls will be discussed. This section includes an overview of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide selection, rotation and timing of applications. Topics regarding the avoidance of weed resistance issues and methods to deal with resistant weeds will be discussed.
Students will learn comparison methods and machinery economics to make decisions about purchase vs. lease vs. custom hiring arrangements. Attention will be placed on determining the right size equipment for the job, efficiency of equipment, as well as calculating depreciation costs on equipment.
Study of agricultural chemicals, pesticides and chemical applications. Equipment for liquid and dry chemicals, as well as non-chemical alternatives are studied. Preparation for the state commercial applicator exams. A passing score of 70% on each exam is a requirement for graduation from this program.
The importance of soil, its formation, physical properties and land classifications. Soil sampling procedures will be performed at the land lab and soil test results will be explained.
Students will be introduced to basic GPS principles and how they are applied to precision agriculture and GIS applications. Different GPS corrections and constellations and primary industry uses will be introduced as well as different GPS terms and how they are used in the industry. Once an aptitude is gained for the GPS systems the course will focus on manufacturer applications and why producers use GPS/GIS to save money.
Provides a foundation for gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for college success. Students will learn to make a successful transition to higher education by setting up a pattern of success that will last the rest of their lives. Students will define goals and develop thinking skills, learning strategies and personal qualities essential to both academic and career success. Please note: Students who have served active military duty (excluding basic training and AIT) may be exempt from the Student Success course. Student must provide a copy of DD214 or other official military documentation to the registrar for verification.
The plant development stages of corn, soybeans, small grains and alfalfa. The importance of planting dates and seeding depths along with environmental factors will be discussed.
Study of fertilizer types and elements, soil test results, fertilizer recommendations, blending calculations and costs per acre. Students will study nutrient requirements for major crops and learn to recognize nutrient deficiency symptoms.
Prepares students for livestock ranching and ranch management. Begins with the basics of animal husbandry working with the daily operations of a beef herd. Daily decisions involving rations, selection of bulls and heifers to be marketed, proper selection of vaccines.
Students are given the task of assisting with the MTI Land Lab. Decisions regarding ground preparation, planting, cultivating, spraying, harvesting, crop adjusting and marketing are all incorporated into the curriculum. In addition, students will work with the daily operations of a beef herd. Students will also work with the daily operations, health care, management and equipment used in a beef herd.
An introductory course providing skills for entry-level welders. Specific projects will be related to agricultural applications, both on-farm and light commercial.
Study of farm accounting procedures as it relates to agricultural operations. Cash-basis accounting is taught through an accrual-adjusted system which will provide information for measuring the profitability of the farming operation. Ag software is discussed and evaluated to determine benefits of spreadsheet programs, records management and farm accounting programs.
Safe handling procedures for pesticides and proper loading and mixing of crop protection products are discussed. Proper use of liquid and dry application equipment and nozzle selection will be studied.
Overview of computer applications with emphasis on the following: email, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation tools and Internet-based applications. This is a 4-module course intended to cover the Microsoft Office suite.
Detailed study of livestock diseases, terms, symptoms, treatment and prevention of disease.
Basic animal nutritional requirements and how various food stuffs can be used to meet those demands. Computation of rations for various species.
Development of skills needed by an agricultural salesperson including prospecting, territory management, customer service and communication. An investigation of the agricultural sales process, marketing and advertising methods are studied.
Topics of concern to the agri-business person are emphasized. Areas of study include contracts, trespass, taxes, land use laws, bankruptcy, partnerships, corporations, environmental laws and estate planning.
Study of the principles of agricultural finance and the types and uses of credit instruments. Topics covered will include time value of money, agricultural lending and financial statement analysis. Attention will focus on planning, analyzing and controlling business performance in agriculture.
Continuation of AGT 110. Crop improvement practices used to fulfill the growing need of global consumption. Environmental impacts and different cropping systems are analyzed. Plant diseases and their control along with insect identification and economic thresholds are studied. Students will study the uses of cover crops and their primary role in agriculture.
Advanced study of feed stuffs and their value and use in rations, feed processing practices and poisons found in feed stuffs. Prerequisite: AGT 245.