Ag Management • Crop and Animal Production • Commodity Marketing • Precision Ag • Mechanics
Key Program Features
Agriculture is vital in feeding the world, and it is the largest industry in the U.S. One out of every five jobs is related to agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Careers can be found in the areas of agribusiness, ag science and research, ag production, ag sales and marketing, precision ag, teaching and more. LLCC’s agriculture classes provide hands-on training in excellent facilities with dedicated instructors and state-of-the-art equipment, such as a combine simulator.
The growth areas in agriculture are in related industries, such as supply and service to farmers or in the management of businesses that buy commodities and process them into something useful. A 2015 report by the USDA and Purdue University shows that between 2015 and 2020, it is expected that there will be an average of about 57,900 job openings for graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environmental occupations. However, during that time span, it is projected that only 35,400 new graduates with an ag-related bachelor’s degree or higher will enter the job market. Almost half of those job opportunities will be in management and business, while 27 percent will be in the STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — sectors. Openings in sustainable food and biomaterials production will make up about 15 percent, with 12 percent of openings being in education, communication and governmental services. An annual average salary with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture can range from $40,000 to more than $75,000.
LLCC offers the following agriculture degree program to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university. Read more about the courses in this program:
Time to completion: 2 years
Investment in Your Future
Tuition for agriculture (AGR), ag business (ABM) and ag fertilizer (AFO) courses for the 2018-2019 academic year are $161.75 per credit hour for in-district residents. All other courses are the standard rate of $129.50 per credit hour for in-district residents. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Questions about LLCC’s associate degree program in agriculture? For more information contact Holly Bauman at 217-786-2276 or email@example.com, or contact Bill Harmon at 217-786-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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